Colorado Rockies closer Adam Ottavino missed the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier this year. At the time of the injury, Ottavino was the most exciting pitcher in the Rockies organization and looked to be establishing himself as one of the most dominant closers in baseball.
This winter, Ottavino was rewarded with a three-year contract showing that the Rockies expect him to be a leader on a pitching staff loaded with young talent.
Unfortunately, his 2015 campaign was cut short but that doesn’t mean his work schedule has -- in fact, quite the opposite. I was able to sit down with Adam in between workouts early in the season to discuss his analytic approach, what he sees in the Rockies' young pitchers, and three current rules and regulations he would change in Major League Baseball.
Should an error on a pitcher that leads to a run be an earned run? Should certain substances be allowed for pitchers to use in order to get a better grip on the ball? And who would electronic strike zones benefit more; hitters or pitchers? One of the smartest guys in baseball answers all those questions and more: