LUIS ORTIZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: January 17, 1999
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 165
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018
How Acquired: Int’l Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Ortiz was 19 when the Pirates signed him and 20 when he started his career.  His stuff took a jump after the Pirates signed him, with his fastball reaching as high as 95 and sitting at 93.  By early 2021 he was sitting at 95-97.  His best secondary pitch is a slider that’s extremely tough on right-handed hitters, and he also throws a change.

2019
R+:  2-2-0, 4.09 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 50.2 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 6.6 K/9

Ortiz started his career in the rotation at Bristol, which was an ambitious assignment.  He pitched well until he started having control problems in August.  In July, he had a 2.33 ERA, with four walks and 17 strikeouts in 19.1 IP.  In August, he fell off to a 5.56 ERA, with 16 walks and 13 strikeouts in 22.2 IP.

2020
DNP

2021
A:  5-3-0, 3.09 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 87.1 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 11.6 K/9

Ortiz had something of a breakout season with Bradenton.  He started the season well, then had a shaky stretch in June, mainly due to control problems.  From the beginning of July on, he had an ERA of 2.73, along with 78 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 56 innings.  Ortiz generated a lot of swings and misses, finishing second in the league to teammate Adrian Florencio in strikeouts, with 113.  He was very tough on right-handed batters, holding them to an OPS of .599.  Left-handed batters had an OPS against him of .708.

Ortiz hasn’t gotten the attention of some of the Pirates’ other pitching prospects, but he’s established himself as one of their better ones.  He’s obviously caught the Pirates’ attention, as they skipped him a level and put him in the Altoona rotation to open 2022.

UPDATE:  Ortiz was erratic with Altoona, but was dominant at times.  In September, the Pirates moved him up to Indianapolis, then they called him up on September 13 for a start in a doubleheader.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: Major League Minimum
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $25,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut: 9/13/2022
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2028
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 9/13/2022
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
October 2, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
September 13, 2022: Contract purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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