Ottavino with the Colorado Rockies
|Colorado Rockies – No. 0|
November 22, 1985 |
New York City, New York
|May 29, 2010, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through 2016 season)
|Earned run average||3.77|
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.
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.
The St. Louis Cardinals selected Ottavino out of Northeastern in the first round, with the 30th overall selection, of the 2006 MLB draft. On May 29, 2010, Ottavino made his major league debut for the Cardinals as a starter. He appeared in five games for the Cardinals in 2010, three of them starts.
On April 3, 2012, the Colorado Rockies claimed Ottavino off of waivers. He was brought back to the majors later that season, and developed into a relief pitcher. Ottavino wears uniform number 0, and is the first and only pitcher in major league history to have ever done so. 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 ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which required Tommy John surgery, ending his 2015 season. Ottavino began the 2016 season on the disabled list.
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