Adam Ottavino was one of the hottest bullpen pieces on the free-agent market this offseason, and it was mainly due to one single pitch.
Ottavino's signature pitch is his slider that has a ridiculous spin rate, and breaks across the plate like he's throwing a frisbee at his opponent. And his new Yankees teammates got to experience it during a simulated game down in Tampa at the team's Spring Training facility.
The result? Lots of swings and misses.
"It's nasty, really good," Torres told The Post's George A. King III. "He has really good command."
Torres was set down on strike once, as was Luke Voit during the session. Tyler Wade struck out twice to Ottavino, and while he bats lefty, he knows that slider has to be hard for rightys like Torres and Voit.
"It's not as bad to me, being a left-handed hitter," he admitted. "I can only imagine being a right-handed hitter. There is nothing to compare it to. You see it on the highlights, but it is better by a lot. It's only going to get better and crisper."
These reactions from Ottavino's signature breaking pitch is exactly why the Yankees inked the 33-year-old to a three-year, $27 million deal. He could be a closer on many other teams in the MLB, but with the Yankees, he is another devastating option manager Aaron Boone can deploy out of the bullpen.
Boone already has his closer in Aroldis Chapman to go along with Dellin Betances, Zack Britton, and Chad Green -- all above-average relievers. Adding Ottavino to the mix simply makes this monster Yankees bullpen that much scarier.
"With Otto, he can shape it a couple of different ways," Boone said about the slider. "He has a really good sense of [keeping] it shorter, and he can throw the one that really breaks across the plate. The deception and the angles makes it very difficult for hitters to pick up."
And what happens when that versatility from the slider is on point is exactly the results Ottavino saw pitching against his teammates.
"When he executes, you kind of like are not even upset when you are out," Boone said. "You are just glad it's over with."