Shohei Ohtani of the Angels celebrates a home run against the Blue Jays.

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Why Shohei Ohtani is Being Compared to This Great MLB Slugger

June 19, 2019 - 1:19 pm

Shohei Ohtani may not be able to pitch this season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but it sure has not affected his ability to hit.

The Los Angeles Angels DH has not missed a beat since returning to the lineup on May 7, hitting a slash line of .275/.344/.500 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 36 games.

In this week’s episode of RADIO.COM’s “Big Time Baseball” podcast, co-hosts Jon Heyman and Josh Lewin welcome Angels manager Brad Ausmus to discuss just how good both Mike Trout and Ohtani are, the latter of whom he compares to a future Hall of Fame slugger. 

“The power off [Ohtani's> bat is as much as I’ve seen from any player,” Ausmus said. “We’re talking about Miguel Cabrera-type power, in terms of being able to drive the ball 400-plus feet. He doesn’t have the hittability that Miggy did when he was in his prime, but he certainly has the ability to hit the ball far.”

Ohtani is not the only one flexing his power this season. The entire MLB has seen a spike in home runs this season, and Heyman and Lewin dissect how that is impacting the game. They also discuss the recent trade of Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros’ dominating the AL West and the recent struggles of the Philadelphia Phillies.

In addition to Ausmus, Atlanta Braves play-by-play voice Chip Caray joins the podcast while they wrap up the show with Heyman’s insider nuggets, which includes the possibility of the Washington Nationals selling off their stars at the trade deadline.