Cardinals First-Rounder Ottavino Signs

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they have signed their top pick in the recent Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, agreeing to terms with right-handed pitcher Adam Ottavino.&nbsp

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they have signed their top pick in the recent Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, agreeing to terms with right-handed pitcher Adam Ottavino.

Ottavino was selected with the Cardinals' first pick in the June 6th draft, the 30th selection overall. The 21-year-old Brooklyn, NY native enjoyed a stellar career at Northeastern University, leading the pitching staff with a 2.98 ERA and a school-record 120 strikeouts in 93.2 innings this past season. Ottavino was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection this season and was the 2005 America East Pitcher of the Year.

"Adam is a Cardinal now and we look forward to a highly productive career from him," said Jeff Luhnow, Cardinals Vice President of Player Procurement. "It was important to get him signed prior to the rookie season commencing, and now he can join his teammates for Opening Day in State College."

Scout.com subscribers can listen to our exclusive interview with Ottavino here.

The Cardinals' new short-season affiliate, the State College Spikes, begin play in the New York-Penn League on June 20 vs. Williamsport at the brand new Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the campus of Penn State University in State College, PA.

Ottavino's signing brings the number of 2006 draft picks signed by the Cardinals to 23.



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