One of the prospects returned from Milwaukee last year in exchange for Jonathan Schoop, Ortiz has scuffled so far in Baltimore. He was hit hard during his big league cups of coffee in both 2018 and 2019, otherwise struggling mightily in Triple-A this season. He was placed on the IL in July and has not pitched since as of this writing.
A former first-round pick and highly regarded prospect, Ortiz appeared in the Futures Game as recently as 2018. His sturdy frame and heavy sinker checked the boxes of a potential back-of-the-rotation arm at the time, but Ortiz’ stuff and durability have both backed up since. He has consistently battled weight throughout his pro career, and once again was on the losing side of that fight in 2019. His fastball is down a tick as a result, with reason to wonder if physical conditioning is a factor in his injury woes. There are likely better days ahead for Ortiz than what he has shown this year, though there’s a chance he finishes more of a swingman/spot-starter type than regular rotation piece.