Adam Ottavino impressed Tuesday, pitching three innings of shutout ball against a powerful Venezuelan squad.
The Cardinals prospect is hurling for Italy, which got pounded 10-1 after he departed the game. Unfortunately, because of the awful timing of the World Baseball Classic, starters are on a on a pitch count that forced him to depart from the game even though he only allowed one hit and one walk in three innings. Ottavino struck out three.
It's impressive to see Ottavino, a guy who spent last season in Class AA Springfield struggling to a 3-7 record with a 5.23 ERA, pitch so well against much better opposition than he is used to.
In 2008, Ottavino gave up 133 hits in 115 1/3 innings while striking out 96 and walking 52. He was much better in 2007 when he played for the Cardinals advance Class A team in Palm Beach. There he was 12-8 with a 3.08 ERA, giving up only 130 hits in 143 1/3 innings. He struck out 128 while walking 63.