Shohei Ohtani, the designated hitter and pitcher for the L.A. Angels, has been selected to participate at this season’s Home Run Derby, the player announced on his Instagram account on Friday.
The 26-year-old Ohtani will be the first Japanese-born player to participate in the derby, and will also be the first pitcher to ever do so.
The Home Run Derby will be held on July 12 at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies in Denver,
This season, Ohtani has hit 19 home runs and has a batting average of .270 with 61 hits in 64 games. He will be the first Angels player to compete in the derby since Albert Pujols in 2015.
On the mound, Ohtani is also 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season in 10 starts.
In 2016, Ohtani watched Giancarlo Stanto perform during that year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego. Not long after, Ohtani competed in Nippon Professional Baseball’s Home Run Derby and won, earning him an MVP for the League’s All-Star Series.
Fans are hoping big names will be in attendance, like Mets legend Pete Alonso, and 2019 World Series runner-up Vlad Guerrero Jr.