TAMPA – Adam Ottavin's signature controller was shown on Thursday, when the right-handed man worked a simulated game on field 2 of the Yankee's training facility.
Signed for a three-year, $ 27 million deal after leaving the Rockies as a free agent, Brooklyn Natives face four strokes and blew them all away. The Berkeley Carroll degree beat Tyler Wade twice and Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres once each.
"It's not so bad for me to be a left-handed hitter. I can only imagine being a right-handed hitter," Wade said about Ottavino's dirty shooter. "There is nothing to compare with. You see it at the highlights, but it is better with much. It will only get better and sharper."
Torres was not only impressed by the action on the slider, but Ottavino & # 39 ; s ability to locate it.
"It is uncomfortable, really good," said the right-wing, who hit Torres. "He has a really good command."
The Yanks allowed David Robertson, who turned 34 in early April, to leave Phillies and a two-year $ 23 million deal despite his evidence that he could pitch in The Bronx and replace him with Ottavino, which is 33.
With Aroldis Chapman closing and Dellin Betances and Zack Britton working in front of Chapman, Ottavino and Chad Green can be used in multiple spots in what is expected to be the best bullpen in baseball.
"You know when you look from behind [the screen] and know as a right-handed hitter who is not funny," said Aaron Boone. "When he does, you're not bad when you're out. You're just glad it is over."
Asked if there was a right handman with a similar dirty shooter, Boone mentioned former Yankee Jeff Nelson who fell down to get more action on the biting shooter.
"With Otto, he can shape it in a few different ways," said Boone from Ottavino, who used the slider to blow 1