Adam Ottavino

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Adam Ottavino
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Ottavino with the Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies – No. 0
Pitcher
Born: (1985-11-22) November 22, 1985 (age 33)
New York, New York
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 29, 2010, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through April 25, 2015)
Win–loss record 8–10
Earned run average 3.88
Strikeouts 254
Saves 4
Teams

Adam Robert Ottavino (born November 22, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010.

Amateur career

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Ottavino pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 spring training

Ottavino was born in Manhattan, New York, but grew up in Brooklyn after his family moved there when he was young. He graduated from the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 2003.

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Ottavino in the 30th round of the 2003 MLB Draft, but he did not sign.[1]

Ottavino enrolled at Northeastern University, where he played college baseball for the Northeastern Huskies baseball team. Ottavino holds both the Northeastern career and single season records for strikeouts. In 2005, he was named America East Conference's Pitcher of the Year.[2] He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Northeastern in the first round, with the 30th overall selection, of the 2006 MLB Draft.[1]

Ottavino pitched for Team Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He pitched three scoreless innings against Venezuela in his lone appearance in the tournament.[3]

Professional career

On May 29, 2010, Ottavino made his major league debut for the Cardinals as a starter. He went on to appear in 5 games, 3 of them starts.

On April 3, 2012, the Colorado Rockies claimed Ottavino off of waivers.[4] He was brought back to the majors later that season, and developed into a relief pitcher.[1] Ottavino wears uniform number 0, and is the first and only pitcher in major league history to have ever done so.[5] Despite posting a 5-1 record, his ERA was close to 5 in 79 innings. In 2013, Ottavino appeared in 51 games, pitching in 78.1 innings and lowering his ERA from the previous season by 2 runs, registering an ERA of 2.64 for the Rockies. In 2014, Ottavino went 1-4 with a 3.60 ERA in a career high 75 games.

After closer LaTroy Hawkins struggled to open the 2015 season, Ottavino was named the new closer. On May 4, 2015, it was revealed that Ottavino had a partially torn UCL in his right elbow,[6] putting him down for the remainder of the 2015 season.[7]

Personal life

Ottavino's passion for Photography is represented in the social media world via his Instagram @adamottavino and Tumblr adamottavino.tumblr.com

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Former St. Louis Cardinals first-round pick Adam Ottavino took long road to big league success with Colorado Rockies - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Northeastern University Athletics". gonu.com. Retrieved March 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Italy vs. Venezuela - Boxscore - March 10, 2009 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/rhp-adam-ottavino-claimed-by-colorado-rockies-off-waivers-from-st-louis-cardinals/2012/04/03/gIQAF3aptS_story.html
  5. "Colorado Rockies' Adam Ottavino to switch to No. 0 for MLB season". On the Rox. Retrieved March 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Todd, Jeff. "Ottavino had partially torn UCL in right elbow". http://www.mlbtraderumors.com. MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved May 4, 2015. External link in |website= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Gleeman, Aaron. "Ottavino neeeds Tommy John". http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved May 4, 2015. External link in |website= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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