This is the Shohei Ohtani that many MLB organizations were obsessed with trying to recruit over the offseason.

The Angels’ two-way rookie continued his incredible week with a ridiculous pitching performance on Sunday against the Oakland A’s. Ohtani took a perfect game into the seventh inning, before allowing a single to Oakland’s Marcus Semien. That ended up being the only hit Ohtani allowed over seven shutout innings that included 12 strikeouts, in the Angels’ 6-1 win.

And he was every bit as dominant as the numbers say. This game was much more about how nasty his pitching was than it was the Athletics’ inability to hit; any offense would’ve struggled vs Ohtani’s stuff today.

The 6’4″ right-hander touched 100 mph with his fastball, and his velocity was even increasing as the game went along.

And not only was he throwing 100 mph, but he was painting the corners with it. This is unfair:

He also showed off filthy splitters and sliders to go with the heat:

Not a bad home debut on the mound for the 23-year-old.

You always assume with rookies that the league will figure out their weaknesses and eventually adjust, but when you’re throwing 100 mph and locating it well, and complement the fastballs with wipeout secondary pitches, it’s not going to matter how much teams have learned about the pitcher. The stuff Ohtani showed off on Sunday is borderline unhittable, and the box score certainly reflects that.

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