The legend of Shohei Ohtani continues to grow. To go with having a 2.76 ERA on the mound, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way superstar is now tied for third in Major League Baseball in home runs after cranking No. 17 on Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals.
And it was a magnificent bomb.
The left-handed batter hit a 470-foot two-run homer — with a 111.7 mph exit velocity — off Kansas City Royals left-hander Kris Bubic in the bottom of the first inning:
OMG, SHOHEI. 😱 pic.twitter.com/o3Fs3jBQ39
— MLB (@MLB) June 9, 2021
Here’s Ohtani’s two-run bomb! High fives all around. pic.twitter.com/6esu1hhDPa
— Ohtani-san (@Ohtani_Fans) June 9, 2021
Ohtani is only one homer behind the co-leaders, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Ronald Acuña Jr. He also ranks fifth in slugging percentage (.602) among qualified MLB hitters.
After the 470-foot home run, Shohei Ohtani is up to .259/.342/.602 with 17 HRs and a 156 wRC+. He also has a 2.76 ERA, 34% K rate and a 3.59 FIP.
— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) June 9, 2021
Some Shohei Ohtani 2021 feats
30+ ft/sec sprint speed INF 1B
99.4-mph fastball K
69.7 mph curveball K
Seriously mind-blowing stuff
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) June 9, 2021