ORTEGA, ANGEL

Position: Shortstop, Third Base

DOB: September 11, 1993

Height: 6’2″ / Weight: 185

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (6th round, 2012)

Profile: Drafted by the Brewers in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Puerto Rico, Ortega passed up an offer to Alabama State to sign with Milwaukee and got his career started in the Arizona League that same season. Climbing a level at a time, Ortega spent 2013 at Helena, 2014 at Wisconsin and 2015 at Brevard County, then returned to Brevard to start the 2016 season. He earned a promotion to Double-A Biloxi at mid-season and finished out the year there with the Shuckers. A very good defender with soft hands, a good arm, plus range and great instincts, Ortega has all of the tools you look for in a shortstop and will wow the crowd with his defensive prowess. The question for him remains if he will hit enough to reach the big leagues as he sports a career average in the low .200’s. He showed some development at the plate in 2016 and his ability to build on that success will ultimately determine how far he can go.

2012: After turning down Alabama State to sign with Milwaukee for $150,000+, Ortega got his first professional action in Maryvale with the Brewers AZL affiliate. In 46 games, he hit .242, collecting six doubles, two triples and a home run while playing shortstop.

2013: Ortega opened up 2013 in extended spring training, then joined Helena in the Pioneer League when their season began in June. In 63 Pioneer League games, he posted a .224 batting average with a pair of home runs and 38 runs scored.

2014: The Brewers gave Ortega his first crack at full season ball in 2014, sending him to Single-A Wisconsin to start the year. He played in 110 games for the Timber Rattlers, hitting .231/.258/.329 with 18 doubles, four triples and four home runs. Ortega also swiped 11 bases and drove in 54 runs while scoring 36.

2015: Following a move to High-A Brevard County in 2015, Ortega suited up in a then career high 124 games, but struggled in tough hitting conditions, batting only .212. In nearly 400 at-bats with the Manatees, Ortega managed only 11 extra-base hits, all doubles and had a career low OPS of .490.

2016: Milwaukee saw fit to have Ortega return to Brevard County open up the 2016 season and he experienced much better results in his second Florida State League stint, hitting .275 over 67 games and earning a spot on the FSL All-Star team. That also earned Ortega a promotion to Double-A Biloxi where he finished out the year with the Shuckers. His average dipped to .235 after the bump up to face tougher competition but he dis slug three home runs while continuing to play stellar defense.