Friday afternoon, a rough Cactus League season continued for Los Angeles Angels wunderkind Shohei Ohtani, who got blasted for seven runs in 1 1/3 innings by the Colorado Rockies. Both Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado took him deep, and Ohtani had to leave the game before reaching his scheduled pitch count.

So far this spring Ohtani has struggled both at the plate and on the mound in his relatively limited playing time.


Shohei Ohtani batting in Spring Training:

2 for 20 with 7 Ks, 0 XBH

Shohei Ohtani pitching in Spring Training:

2.2 IP, 9 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 HRA, 8 ER, 27 ERA


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It should be noted those numbers do not include Ohtani's second spring start, which came in an unofficial "B" game. He struck out eight of the dozen batters he faced in that game.

No doubt, Ohtani has struggled so far this spring, which has led to questions about whether he'll actually be on the Opening Day roster when the Angels break camp in less than two weeks. Angels GM Billy Eppler told Mike DiGiovanna of the >Los Angeles Times the team did not give Ohtani any assurances about being on the Opening Day roster when they signed him. Here's what Eppler told DiGiovanna about Ohtani possibly starting the season in the minors:

"With his tool package, his ability and his athleticism, he's an elite-level prospect," Eppler said. "He's not a finished product. Players who are 23 rarely are. They tend to peak at age 25 or 26 to 30." 


"It's too early to make a judgment right now," Eppler said. "I know there's an inherent human desire to want to know. We're intellectually curious. But often times, you have to allow things to develop a little bit before getting to that point of trying to figure something out." 

Because of his age (23) and MLB's international free agent rules, Ohtani was only eligible to sign a minor league contract this offseason, meaning he is not on the 40-man roster. The Angels could easily reassign him to the minor leagues at the end of spring training without having to burn an option year or put him on waivers or anything like that.