ORTIZ, BRAULIO

Position: Pitcher

DOB: December 20, 1991

Height: 6’7″ / Weight: 253

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (June 13, 2017)

Profile:  Originally signed by the Chicago White Sox out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, Ortiz spent his first two seasons pitching in the DSL before coming stateside in 2013.  He reached Double-A Birmingham a year later, but after suffering an injury in 2015 he wound up heading back to rookie ball before being released by the White Sox in January of 2016.  The Cincinnati Reds scooped him up as a free agent and he split the 2016 season between the AZL and Low-A Daytona.  He opened up 2017 with High-A Daytona, but after four scoreless outings, he was released by the Reds in late May.  The Brewers signed him as a free agent two weeks later and he joined Helena once their season got underway in June.  Ortiz made nine relief appearances for Helena, but struggled to throw strikes and was eventually shut down for the year in early August.  A hard-throwing right-hander who sits in the mid-90’s with his fastball, Ortiz has ideal size and can rush his fastball up into the 97-98 mph range at times.  He’s put up big strikeout numbers throughout his minor league career, but walks have been a killer for him as he has struggled to consistently find the strikezone.

2011:  After signing with the White Sox as a free agent, Ortiz began his pro career in the Dominican Summer League with the DSL White Sox.  In six appearances, one of which came as a starter, he went 0-1 with an 8.31 earned run average.

2012:  The White Sox chose to have Ortiz return to the DSL for a second straight season and he found himself working as both a starter and reliever, logging 50.1 innings.  In 16 appearances, eight of which came as a starter, he went 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA while converting on his lone save chance.

2013:  Ortiz made his way stateside in 2013, beginning the year at Low-A Kannapolis.  He saw action in 22 games, starting eight, and went 0-4 with a 3.45 earned run average, recording three saves, and was promoted to High-A Winston-Salem, where he made six more starts.  He went 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA, striking out 29 in 27.1 innings of work.

2014:  After getting a taste of High-A in 2013, Ortiz returned to Winston-Salem for the 2014 season and despite struggling to a record of 0-8 with a 5.05 ERA, he received a promotion to Double-A Birmingham in July.  He finished out the year there, making 15 relief appearances, in which he went 0-2 with an ERA of 9.00.

2015:  After opening up the 2015 season on the disabled list at High-A Winston-Salem, Ortiz was assigned to Great Falls in the rookie Pioneer League in June.  He made 17 relief appearances there, going 0-1 with a 7.29 ERA, racking up 39 strikeouts in 21 innings.

2016:  Released by the White Sox in January, Ortiz made his way to the Frontier League before being signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent.  He split time between the Reds AZL affiliate and Low-A Dayton after signing and wound up going 0-1 with a 5.63 earned run average and 35 strikeouts over 24 innings of work.

2017:  Ortiz was sent to High-A Daytona to start the 2017 season and he was unscored upon in four relief outings, but he issued eight walks in 3.2 innings and was released by the Reds in May.  The Brewers signed him as a free agent in June and sent him back to the Pioneer League, where he made nine appearances for the Helena Brewers.  He went 0-2 with a 13.97 ERA, striking ut 10, but walking 13 in 9.2 innings.