Ottavino walked the first batter he faced, who was quickly erased by a 4-6-3 double play, by 2B Casey Rowlett, SS Jose Martinez and 1B Mark Hamilton, before the third batter took a called strike three for the final out.
In his second inning of work, he struck out the first two batters, with a 75 MPH off-speed pitch and a 87 MPH fast ball respectively, the next batter on a 96 MPH fast ball from Ottavino, managed to get a piece of the ball hitting it off the end of the bat, back between first base and the pitchers mound reaching first base safely with no play made, only to be picked off, 2-3-4-3 for the final out, as the top draft pick faced the minimum number of batters in his two innings pitched.
Last season Ottavino made six starts after being drafted for short-season Class A State College, going 2-2 with a 3.14, allowing 23 hits, striking out 26 and walking 13 in 28.2 innings with opponents hitting .211 against him. He was promoted to low Class A Quad Cities on July 20, and went 2-3 with a 3.44 ERA, allowing 28 hits, striking out 38 and walking 19 in 36.2 innings with opponents hitting .211 against him.
Prior to spring training the staff at www.thestlcardinals projected Ottavino would start the 2007 season for the Cardinals high "A" affiliate the Palm Beach Cardinals before getting a quick promotion to Double-A Springfield. The big right-hander was ranked as the Cardinals #5 prospect in the annual Top 40 Prospects rankings.
Ottavino is currently assigned to the Double-A Springfield Cardinals roster for spring training.