Affiliate: XST Angels
League: Extended Spring Training
Born: 10/02/1996 (Age: 26)
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent, 2/10/2015 (LAA)
Since seeing the stocky righty in Arizona, Ortega has made his way to the Burlington Bees rotation in the Class A Midwest League. He throws his fastball 93-to-94 mph (T95) with solid sink when it’s down in the zone, and he follows through to really finish the pitch. There is average two-plane run to the arm side, and with average command, it projects to a future above-average pitch. He throws a 12-to-6 curveball that is an above-average hammer when he stays on top of it. Spotty command and lack of feel for the changeup may ultimately push Ortega to the bullpen, where he could find a home in a seventh-inning role on the strength of his two 55-graded pitches.