Ian Desmond

Angels' Shohei Ohtani remains confident, even as others start to wonder about his ability

Angels' Shohei Ohtani remains confident, even as others start to wonder about his ability

Expertise in body language isn’t required to figure out there’s concern in these parts about Shohei Ohtani.

The consternation can be detected everywhere from the evasive responses of Angels manager Mike Scioscia to the downcast reports from scouts who previously forecast stardom for the two-way player from Japan.

About the only person who doesn’t look or sound bothered by how Ohtani’s spring is unfolding is Ohtani himself.

Ohtani produced more dispiriting results Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, touching 98 mph in a scoreless first inning against the Colorado Rockies, only to be pounded for seven runs in the second. He registered one out in that second inning and was...

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