Draft Pick: Luis Ortiz
Weight: 205 lbs
School: Sanger High School (CA)
Projected Next Level Position: RHP
On day one of the MLB First Year Draft the Texas Rangers selected RHP Luis Ortiz in the first round. Ortiz made a name for himself his junior year in the summer showcase circuit and on his way to winning the IBF World Cup. Hampered by injury his senior year, his draft stock took a hit, falling to the Rangers at #30. Pre-draft workouts eased many concerns as Ortiz looks to make an immediate impact at the next level.
Ortiz has struggled with weight a bit ranging from 205-230 over the past year. He has a large frame that allows him to pitch well regardless of size. Strong natural core strength but could stand to improve conditioning.
Ortiz boasts a fastball in the mid-90s and can mix in a potentially dominant slider in the low 80s. He has good command and good release and is working on developing a usable changeup and curve. He throws a lot of strikes a stays ahead in the count.
Ortiz is a strong and mature thick-bodied pitcher who should have no problem succeeding at the next level. He trusts his pitches and appears eager to learn and develop his arsenal. Ortiz could see the majors as soon as 2016 if injuries don’t slow him down.
Says Ortiz, “Just getting that call and knowing I’m going to be a Texas Ranger…It was the biggest thing for me to know it (a promise to his great-grandfather) came true”