A few New York Yankees hitters took on Adam Ottavino’s best pitch in spring training. Spoiler alert: the batters lost badly.
Torres, a righty, gave the New York Post’s George A. King III a succinct scouting report on Ottavino’s famous slider:
“It’s nasty, really good,” said Torres. “He has really good command.”
The 22-year-old second baseman struck out once during the practice game. Voit also took a K.
Wade, who struck out twice, offered King a left-handed hitter’s perspective on Ottavino’s intimidating breaking pitch:
“It’s not as bad to me, being a left-handed hitter,” said Wade “I can only imagine being a right-handed hitter. There is nothing to compare it to. You see it on the highlights, but it is better by a lot.”
The Yankees signed Ottavino to a three-year, $27 million contract in January. The Brooklyn native enjoyed a career year with the Colorado Rockies in 2018, striking out 112 in 77.2 innings and posting a 2.43 ERA.
Manager Aaron Boone feels much the same, judging from his comments to King:
“You know when you are watching from behind (the screen) and knowing as a right-handed hitter that is not a fun at-bat,” said boone. “When he executes, you kind of like are not even upset when you are out. You are just glad it’s over with.”