Mar 21, 2021; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning of a spring training game at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani showed off his incredible two-way ability in the Los Angeles Angels’ spring training game against the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Ohtani was both the Angels’ starting pitcher and leadoff hitter.

On the mound, the right-hander allowed one run, two hits, and two walks over five innings, while showing off filthy stuff. Ohtani even hit 101.9 mph on the radar gun.

And at the plate, the left-handed batter went 2-for-2 with a walk- very well done as a leadoff hitter, especially against a star left-hander in Padres pitcher Blake Snell.

Ohtani has been fantastic as a hitter this spring, going 14-for-22 (.636) with four homers. He even hit a 468-foot dinger against 2020 AL Cy Young winner Shane Bieber that cleared the batter’s eye.

Ohtani only pitched in two games during the 2020 season due to a flexor strain, and didn’t pitch at all in 2019 after having Tommy John surgery. Baseball is MUCH better when Ohtani is able to show off his remarkable, unparalleled two-way talents.

Let’s hope Ohtani can stay healthy for the 2021 season.

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