Rafael Ortega

Rafael Ortega

30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Rafael Ortega in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKSFrom Preseason
#311
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February of 2021.
Gets breather Saturday
OFChicago Cubs
October 2, 2021
Ortega isn't starting Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
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Ortega recorded multi-hit performances in four of the last five games and went 9-for-18 with a home run, a double, five runs, three stolen bases and seven walks during that time. Johneshwy Fargas will take over in center field and bat eighth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
49
1
9
2
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
3
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+123%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+114%
OPS vs RHP
2020
No Stats
2019
 
 
+283%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .376 71 3 0 0 0 .119 .257 .119
Since 2019vs Right .839 355 48 13 43 15 .298 .356 .483
2021vs Left .421 59 3 0 0 0 .128 .293 .128
2021vs Right .900 271 41 11 33 12 .321 .374 .526
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .167 12 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083
2019vs Right .640 84 7 2 10 3 .224 .298 .342
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
2020
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2019
 
 
+38%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .687 217 20 5 17 7 .247 .321 .366
Since 2019Away .848 209 31 8 26 8 .295 .359 .489
2021Home .749 165 17 4 12 5 .277 .344 .405
2021Away .896 165 27 7 21 7 .304 .376 .520
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .489 52 3 1 5 2 .152 .250 .239
2019Away .676 44 4 1 5 1 .262 .295 .381
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Stat Review
How does Rafael Ortega compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
9.1%
 
K Rate
21.2%
 
BABIP
.349
 
ISO
.172
 
AVG
.291
 
OBP
.360
 
SLG
.463
 
OPS
.823
 
wOBA
.361
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.1%
 
Barrels/PA
4.9%
 
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Ortega found his way onto the Braves' playoff roster, though that was more due to a lack of alternatives than his own particular talents. The 28-year-old played 34 games for the Braves late in the year but did very little at the plate, hitting .205/.271/.307, good for a 51 wRC+. He now owns a 59 wRC+ (.229/.287/.290) in 143 games over parts of four seasons in the majors. His 17 steals over that stretch are a respectable amount, hinting at a bit of deep-league fantasy value should he find his way into a larger role, but that seems unlikely after he settled for a minor-league deal to return to Atlanta. His ability to cover all three outfield positions could earn him a roster spot at some point, but his bat is a poor fit as even a fifth outfielder. Even owners in deep leagues need not show much interest unless he works his way into a temporary starting role.
After a year with the Padres, Ortega join the Marlins on a minor-league deal this offseason -- the 26-year-old's fifth different organization. He turned in a great campaign with Triple-A El Paso in 2017, hitting .317 with six homers, 26 stolen bases (33 attempts) and a 46:49 BB:K. Ortega enjoyed a similar amount of success at that level in 2016, but that did not translate in his first extended opportunity in the majors. While he continued to put bat to ball with consistency in his 66-game stint with the Angels, his walk rate fell to just 6.4 percent and the power was virtually non-existent. Indeed his career numbers at Triple-A may be mostly a byproduct of the Pacific Coast League, but with Miami's outfield stripped down, Ortega should get another chance to prove himself against top-level competition.
Prior to the 2016 season, Ortega had logged a mere four at-bats at the major league level. Thanks to a myriad of injuries to the Angels outfield, the journeyman got his first shot at consistent big league playing time. The results were middling at best, as he only managed to produce a .232/.283/.292 slash line in 185 at-bats. That being said, his BABIP was a lowly .261, meaning that his meager batting line could've been affected by bad luck. The 25-year-old could be in line for better numbers if some extra hits fall while he maintains his strong 88 percent contact rate. That being said, Ortega's inability to hit for power and his weak 6.5 percent walk rate limits his upside as a big league player. He'll provide organizational depth for the Padres to begin 2017 after signing a minor league deal in December.
Ortega showed some improvement at High-A Modesto in his age-21 season, increasing his walk rate (8.3 percent) while cutting his strikeout rate (16.7 percent) without sacrificing much of his marginal power. He even earned a brief cup of coffee in the last two games of the season with the Rockies devoid of healthy outfielders. Though speedy, Ortega's 66.7 percent success rate on the basepaths does not portend well for his major league success, but it should not immediately prove problematic as he advances to the upper minors. Fortunately for Ortega, he has youth and solid contact skills on his side, which should grant him the opportunity to iron out the deficiencies in his game.
Ortega adapted well to full season ball with Low-A Asheville after turning 20 in May. Although his instincts on the basepaths still need refinement, 32 stolen bases along with eight triples serve as an indication of his plus-speed. While his walk rate (5.4 percent) was low, he makes contact regularly (82.7 percent) and should be able to get on base enough to utilize his speed. Ortega is listed at 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, so he may not add a ton of pop as he continues to develop into that frame. Look for him to advance to the hitter-friendly California League, where improved power numbers would hardly surprise and likely vault him up prospect lists.
At 19 years old, Ortega spent 2010 tearing up the Pioneer League in his first North American baseball action. The Venezuelan hit .358/.416/.510 for Casper with 23 steals in 288 at-bats. While somewhat short on power, he has plus speed and a quick bat and profiles as someone who can play center field. It's not crazy to think that in a few years he could be the top prospect in the Rockies system. For now, consider him someone to keep tabs on as he progresses through his minor league development.
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Cranks leadoff homer
OFChicago Cubs
September 30, 2021
Ortega went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk Thursday against the Pirates.
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Reaches three times Tuesday
OFChicago Cubs
September 28, 2021
Ortega went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
OFChicago Cubs
September 25, 2021
Ortega is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against St. Louis.
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Sitting Friday afternoon
OFChicago Cubs
September 24, 2021
Ortega is on the bench for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
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Well-rounded box-score line in loss
OFChicago Cubs
September 22, 2021
Ortega went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and a stolen base Tuesday in the Cubs' 9-5 loss to the Twins. He also reached base on a hit by pitch.
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