Padres Select Western Carolina RHP Daniel Ottone With 33rd Round Pick in 2010 MLB Draft

By Editorial Staff

The Padres continued their big run of pitchers in Round 33 of the 2010 draft, taking Western Carolina reliever Daniel Ottone.

Ottone, 22, is a huge righty who throws a devilish sinker that runs up to 95 mph.

He didn’t have the greatest of senior years, posting a 4.70 ERA and only striking out 21 in 23 innings. He had a more impressive year the previous season, posting a 3.86 ERA and K’ing 38 in 35 innings.

Ottone is pretty much a straight sinkerballer, and doesn’t have too much else to bring, which explains his passable but unimpressive numbers.

Then again, this is the 33rd round, after all, so getting a big guy with a low-90’s moving heater is nice, even if he doesn’t have a great second pitch or great results. Maybe the Padres catch lightning in a bottle and Ottone becomes a bulldog reliever. Probably not, but then again, how many other teams are going to get big contributions from their 33rd round picks?