Adam Robert Ottavino … Brooklyn native lives in New York with his wife Brette and daughter Bradley … attended Northeastern University in Boston … was the second-highest Major League draft pick in Northeastern history behind Carlos Pena (10th overall by Texas in 1998) … was selected by Tampa Bay in the 30th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign …graduated from Berkeley Carroll (Brooklyn, N.Y.) High School in 2003, where he averaged 17 strikeouts per game over his junior and senior years … pitched eight onehitters in high school and once struck out 54 batters over a three-game stretch … also once struck out 20 of 21 total batters in a seven-inning game in high school … an avid photographer, he documented his rehab from Tommy John surgery via photography and videography for the PlayersTribune.com … Instagram is @adamottavino.
Made 63 relief appearances, the second-most on the club, in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015...Scored upon 17 times in 63 appearances, six times in 27 appearances after the All-Star break...Was 1-3 with a 5.74 ERA (31.1 IP, 20 ER) in 37 first-half appearances, 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA (22.0 IP, 10 ER) in 27 appearances in the second half of the season...Walked a career-high 39 batters, a 6.58 walks per nine innings that ranked second among National League relievers...Was third on the club with a 10.63 strikeouts per nine innings rate … ranked first on the team and tied for the ninth in the National League with 21 holds...Allowed six earned runs June 25 at Los Angeles-NL, his most since allowing a career-high seven earned runs on Sept. 16, 2012 at San Diego … his four wild pitches in the game tied the Rockies franchise record...Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 30 with right shoulder inflammation … reinstated on June 9.
Returned from Tommy John surgery on July 5 and went 1-3 with a career-high seven saves in 34 relief appearances...Made his first appearance of the season on July 5 at San Francisco after being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list prior to the game … underwent Tommy John surgery May 7, 2015...Did not allow a run in his first 21 games of the season … did not allow a run in 37 consecutive games from Sept. 7, 2014 to Aug. 24, 2016, the longest streak in Rockies history and the second-longest streak by games in MLB history (Craig Kimbrel, 38 games, June 14-Sept. 8, 2011)...Allowed a run in five of 34 appearances overall...Win on Sept. 16 vs. San Diego was his first since April 22, 2015...Allowed five runs Aug. 31 in the second game of the doubleheader vs. the Dodgers … was his first loss since Aug. 15, 2014 and his most runs allowed since a career-high seven on Sept. 16, 2012 at San Diego … grand slam to Andrew Toles in the ninth inning was his first home run allowed since Aug. 29, 2014 at Arizona, a stretch of 35 innings without allowing a home run.
Began the season with a 10.1 inning scoreless streak across 10 appearances prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery May 6. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 27 with right triceps inflammation. Allowed no runs in 15 games dating back to Sept. 7, 2015 (13.2 IP, 5 H, BB, 17 SO). Recorded a .094 (3-for-32) opponent batting average. Earned his one win of the season April 22 against San Diego. Moved into the closer's role April 14 and struck out all three batters in the ninth inning at San Francisco to earn his second Major League save, his first since July 30, 2014 at Chicago-NL ... also recorded a save April 15 to earn saves in consecutive appearances for the first time in his career.
Spent the entire season on the Rockies Major League roster, appearing in a career-high 75 games...the 75 games led the squad and were tied for the fourth-most among National League relievers...went 1-4 and a save with a 3.60 ERA (65.0 IP, 26 ER)...walked 17 compared to 70 strikeouts...he added 21 holds, which also led the team...Opened up the season with a 13-game scoreless streak that spanned 11.1 innings...allowed just six hits and one walk while striking out 15 in that span...it was the fourth longest game streak by a Rockies reliever to open up the season, longest since Randy Flores went 16 scoreless games to open up 2010...Through the first two months of the season, Adam carried a 1.80 ERA (25.0 IP, 5 ER), three walks and 25 strikeouts in 28 games...his ERA was eighth-best among NL relievers with at least 25 games...Allowed 14 earned runs in June, which was 13 games, for an ERA of 10.80 (11.2 IP, 14 ER)...in the other five months, had a combined 2.03 ERA (53.1 IP, 12 ER)...Had tremendous success on the road, with a 2.37 ERA (30.1 IP, 8 ER), seven walks, 33 strikeouts and a save...held opponents to a .237 average (25-for-108)...Recorded his first career save on July 30 at Chicago-NL in the Rockies 6-4, 10-inning victory...the day after a 15-inning game, Colorado plated two runs in the 10th as Ottavino pitched a scoreless bottom half (1 H, 1 SO) to preserve the win...Over the course of the season he had just 16 walks...it was the 6th time in Rockies history that a pitcher pitched in 75 or more games, but walked 20 or less in a single-season...he was one of 3 MLB pitchers to accomplish that feat in 2014 (Joe Smith-76 G, 15 BB; Tony Watson-78 G, 15 BB).
Spent the entire campaign with the Rockies and went 1-3 with a 2.64 ERA (78.1 ip, 23 er) in 51 games...his 51 appearances were 2 shy of tying a career high 53 set in 2012... 2013 marked his first Opening Day roster appointment... 42 of his 51 games were 1.0 innings or longer and had 24 appearances of 2.0 innings or more... Led the National League with 24 relief games of 2.0 innings or more...trailed MIN's Anthony Swarzak (26) for the Major League lead... His 24 appearances of 2.0+ innings in relief are a Rockies single season record, surpassing Curt Leskanic (1995) and Jerry Dipoto (1999) who held the record with 22 games...was 1-0 with a 1.70 ERA (53.0 ip, 10 er) in those 24 games... Had his third 3.0-inning game on 9/1 vs. CIN to earn his only win of the season (3.0 ip, 3 h, 0 r)... Ottavino was 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA (74.0 ip, 19 er) in appearances of 1.0 inning or more (42 g)...his 2.00 ERA (45.0 ip, 10 er) at Coors Field led all Rockies relievers.
Was acquired off waivers from St. Louis 4/3 and was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs...was recalled 5/5 and madetwo perfect outings (2.2 ip, 0 h, 0 bb, 4 k) before being optioned...recalled a final time for the remainder of the season5/20...made 53 total appearances and tossed 79.0 innings, all in relief. Made 25 appearances of more than 1.0 inning...in those 25 went 5-0 with a 2.13 ERA (55.0 ip, 13 er), 20 walks and 52strikeouts while holding opponents to a .202 (40-for-198) average...tossed 3.0 ip six times. Struckout 81 batters on the season, a mark that was 3rd-most among all Rockies behind only Brothers and Pomeranz(83)...had multiple strikeouts 25 times...his 9.2 K/9.0 IP was also 2nd-best among Rox. His 79.0 innings pitched were the fourth-most relief innings in the National League, though he was third on the club asJose Roenicke (88.2 ip) and Matt Belists (80.0 ip) each had more. Allowed just one run over his first 13.0 ip (12 outings)...in that same span struckout 15 (10.4 K/9.0 IP) and walked justtwo...his 81 strikeouts were tied for the 12th-most among NL relievers. Went 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA (23.2 ip, 3 er) and a .141 opponent average in the month of August, the most innings andlowest average against among all Rockies relievers in August. Before joining the Rockies had just two career relief appearances, and three career starts. Went 0-0 with a 3.20 ERA (19.2 ip, 7 er) in 13 games, all in relief, at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Spent the entire season at Memphis (AAA), making 26 appearances, starting 25...Induced 20 double plays, a career best, ranking 2nd on the Memphis squad behind Cory Rauschenberger (21)...Ranked 6th among Cardinals minor leaguers in innings pitched (141.0), 8th in strikeouts (120) and T3rd in games started (25)...Tied his career-best by striking out a season-high nine batters twice, both coming in starts at Iowa on April 17 and June 23...Made 10 quality starts, reaching a season-high of 7.0 IP on five occasions, holding opposition to one run or less in four...Posted a strong April with a 1.93 ERA in four starts (23.1 IP/24 K)...Won his last four decisions, going 4-0 in August and September to pull his season record to 7-8...Held opposing batters to a .196 BA (33-168) with runners in scoring position...Made one relief appearance (5/25 at Salt Lake) following a Mitchell Boggs start, tossing 3.1 IP and allowing six runs (3 ER).
Began the season at Memphis (AAA) and made his Major League debut in May, but spent most of the season on the disabledlist dealing with a right shoulder strain. ... Pitched in five games for St. Louis making three starts, going 0-2 in his starts. ... Posted a 5-3 record with a 3.97 ERA in nine starts at Memphis (AAA), winning his last three starts. ... Recalled on 5/29 and made his Major League debut that day at Wrigley Field, throwing a season-high 5.2 IP in a 5-0 loss. ... Made two more starts before being optioned to Memphis on 6/13. Was recalled again on 6/25 and appeared in two games inrelief before landing on the disabled list. ... Logged 4.1 IP in relief on 6/27 at KC, a season high for a Cardinals reliever. ... Was placed on the 15-day DL on 7/4 with a right shoulder strain, then transfered to the 60-day DL on 8/16. ... Was activated from DL on 9/29 but did not pitch in the team's final five games.
Made one start for Italy in the World Baseball Classic vs. VEN (3/10) threw three scoreless innings (1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO)...Led Cardinals minor leaguers with 27 games started, fifth in innings pitched (career-best 144.0), T-2nd with 119 strikeouts and T-8th with seven wins...Began season with nine consecutive losses, but finished strong posting a 7-3 record beginning on July 10...Started win streak with 8.1 scoreless innings of four-hit ball vs. ABQ (7/10), walking one and fanning seven in the win...Opposing batters hit just .197 (14-71) with RISP and two outs...Earned second round playoff win vs. SAC (9/16) tossing six innings while tying a career-best nine strikeouts (5 H, 2 R, 3 BB).
Made 24 starts for Springfield, his first experience atDouble-A level. Went 0-3 in his four April starts before landing onthe DL 4/29 with right shoulder inflammation...came off the DL on5/10 and made three starts in May. Made five starts in June andwas 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA, his best month of the season...battershit just .215 (17-79) with runners on and two out and only .196 (11-56) with RISP and two outs...pitched for Peoria in the Arizona FallLeague. Made eight starts and went 3-1 with a 6.17 ERA.
Spent the entire season atPalmBeach, earningmidseasonand postseason Florida State League All-Star honors... ranked2nd in the FSL with aPalmBeach franchise record12 wins and 3rdwith a 3.08 ERA and 128 strikeouts...his 27 starts ranked tied for2nd-most in the league (Tyler Norrick 1st with 28)...went 9-3 witha 2.73 ERA (82.1 IP / 25 ER) in 14 starts after the FSL All-Starbreak...won six straight decisions spanning eight starts from 6/20-7/28 (2.23 ERA)...named Florida State League Pitcher of theWeek for 6/25-7/1 as he tossed 14 shutout innings over twostarts...limited opponents to a .195 (29-for-149) batting averagew/runners in scoring position and .150 (9-for-60) BA w/runners inscoring position and two outs...pitched the top of the 3rd inningof the Florida State League All-Star Game and allowed a run ontwo hits while fanning one...rated the Cardinals 6th-best prospectby Baseball America.
Did not allow an earned run in his first 19.2 professionalinnings pitched...named New York-Penn League Pitcher of theWeek for 7/3-9 when he won two starts without allowing anearned run in 12.1 IP while fanning 11.