VIDEO: Shohei Ohtani Smacks his 14th Home Run of the Year Against the Astros

Even when an injury will prevent him from taking to the mound this season, Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani remains as incredibly captivating a player as there is in the league. Ohtani slammed home run No. 14 off of Houston Astros pitcher Jose Urquidy to give the Angels a 4-2 lead.

With career home run No. 36 under his belt in his 157th game, it's abundantly clear--if it wasn't already--that Ohtani is not just a gimmick. In fact, he is on the verge of becoming an elite hitter, as his career OPS+ of 148 will speak to.

After taking Justin Verlander deep on his 25th birthday, Ohtani has stayed scalding hot in July after hitting .340 with 9 home runs in June.