Shohei Ohtani, the two-way Japanese star that the Los Angeles Angels acquired prior to the 2018 season, had an incredible 2018 campaign that while tainted due to an injury, will go down as one of the most memorable in baseball history.
When he wasn’t on the disabled list for an elbow injury that will result in Ohtani missing the 2019 season as a pitcher, Ohtani was doing incredible things on the mound and at the plate, hitting .285/.361/.564 with 22 home runs, 61 RBI, 59 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 367 plate appearances. On the mound, Ohtani posted a 4-2 record with a 3.31 ERA in 51 2/3 innings.
Ohtani is the first Angel since Mike Trout in 2012 to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the third Angel in franchise history (with Tim Salmon being the third) to win the prestigious honor.
Ohtani, like Ronald Acuna, won the Award by a landslide. Ohtani garnered 25 of 30 first-place votes with New York Yankees third baseman and second baseman Miguel Andújar and Gleyber Torres finishing in second and third place. Andújar would receive the five first-place votes that Ohtani did not receive. Joey Wendle of the Rays (three second-place votes, eight third-place votes), Daniel Palka of the White Sox (one third-place vote), and Ryan Yarbrough of the Rays (one third-place vote) would also receive votes.