ORTIZ, LUIS

Position: Pitcher

DOB: September 22, 1995

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 230

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Rangers (August 1, 2016)

Profile: Acquired from Texas in July of 2016 along with outfielders Lewis Brinson and Ryan Cordell in the trade that sent Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to the Rangers, Ortiz was originally drafted by Texas with the 40th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 draft. He signed for $1.75 million and made nine appearances between the AZL Rangers and Low-A Hickory that same season, then returned to Hickory in 2015 but missed some time with injury, as he was sidelined for over two months with an elbow injury. He made four more relief appearances in the Arizona Fall League following the season, then split time between High-A High Desert and Double-A Frisco before being dealt to Milwaukee at the trade deadline. He joined the Brewers Double-A squad in Biloxi following the trade and finished out the season there with the Shuckers. With a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s and has been clocked as high as 97 mph combined with a wipeout slider, Ortiz can also mix in a changeup and a curve and uses both sides of the plate, leaving hitters guessing. Conditioning has been an issue for Ortiz who has battled weight issues, but he immediately becomes one of the top arms in Milwaukee’s system and could soon find his way to the big leagues.

2014: After signing with Texas following the draft, Ortiz made six appearances, including five starts, for the Rangers affiliate in the Arizona League, going 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA before getting a late bump to Class-A Hickory. He saw action in three more contests for the Crawdads, starting one game, allowing just one run over seven innings of work.

2015: Ortiz returned to Hickory to open up the 2015 season and turned into one of the best pitchers in the South Atlantic League. In 13 starts, he went 4-1 with a 1.80 earned run average, landing on the league’s mid-season All-Star team. He walked just nine while striking out 46 but hit the disabled list in mid-June and wound up missing roughly two and a half months with an elbow injury.

2016: His outstanding 2015 performance gave the Rangers confidence to move Ortiz up to Advanced-A High Desert to start the 2016 season and he continued his dominance there. In seven appearances, six of which were starts, he went 3-2 with a 2.60 ERA, earning a promotion to Double-A Frisco in May. Ortiz took the mound in nine games for the Rough Riders and posted a 4.08 ERA in 39.2 innings before being traded to Milwaukee. He joined the Brewers Double-A affiliate in Biloxi following the trade and went on to make six starts for the Shuckers late in the season. Ortiz went 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA in those six outings, allowing just five earned runs over 23.1 innings of work.

Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#5)