Luis Ortiz
22-Year-Old PitcherSP
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 10/1/2018
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ortiz entered last year widely considered a top-100 prospect and got off to a quick start, sitting with a 3.02 ERA after 11 starts. However, he struggled over the second half and finished the campaign with pedestrian numbers, leading to a slide down prospect lists. He allowed opposing batters to hit just .227 thanks to three quality pitches -- he owns a mid-90s fastball and mixes in a slider and changeup. However, that did not translate into quality strikeout numbers, likely because hitters were plenty willing to wait for the free pass to first base -- something he has done far too often since joining the Brewers following a midseason trade in 2016. Ortiz's pitch repertoire still gives him a chance to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter, but he is going to need better results in 2018 to reaffirm his status as a premier prospect. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rangers in June of 2014. Traded to the Brewers in August of 2016. Traded to the Orioles in July of 2018.
Unlikely to be available soon
PBaltimore Orioles
September 16, 2018
Ortiz (hamstring) will undergo an MRI on Monday or Tuesday and is unlikely to be available soon, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Ortiz lasted just five outs into his first career start Friday against the White Sox before exiting with a left hamstring injury. The severity of the issue is not yet clear, but the Orioles likely aren't banking on him pitching again in 2018 with just two weeks left in the season.
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How does Luis Ortiz compare to other starting pitchers?
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
David Wells, Rich Garces, Luis Tiant -- name your favorite fat pitcher, and Ortiz has probably drawn comparisons. At 6-foot-3 and generously listed at 250 pounds, Ortiz's body is the first thing most will notice about him, but get too caught up in making jokes and you'll miss him mowing down opposing lineups. He already owns a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and two secondary pitches -- a slider and a changeup -- that have flashed plus potential. At just 21 years old, Ortiz has already exhibited excellent control at multiple minor league levels as well. The total package is there, and if he can stay healthy, Ortiz should fit right into the middle of Milwaukee's rotation in a couple years or so.
Ortiz offers much and more to dream on for those who want to gamble on his staying healthy and making it as a big league starter. He has been limited to just 70.1 professional innings since being drafted with the 30th overall pick in the 2014 draft, posting a 1.79 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over that span though he has dealt with forearm and elbow issues. His delivery would never be described as “free and easy,” which may be part of the reason he can’t seem to stay healthy. On a positive note, Ortiz returned in September after missing 10 weeks with elbow inflammation, giving up just one run on three hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings (five appearances), so he should be considered healthy heading into spring training. With two plus pitches (fastball and slider) already in tow as a 20-year-old, he remains a tantalizing talent with the upside of a No. 2 starter, but he also carries more health-related risk than the typical low minors pitching prospect.
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Suffers tweaked hamstring
PBaltimore Orioles
September 14, 2018
Ortiz left Friday's game against the White Sox after injuring his left hamstring, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Exits game with injury
PBaltimore Orioles
September 14, 2018
Ortiz appeared to suffer a leg injury while covering first base in the second inning of Friday's game against the White Sox, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. He gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk over 1.2 innings prior to leaving the contest.
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Scheduled for first career start Friday
PBaltimore Orioles
September 12, 2018
Ortiz will make his first career start Friday against the White Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Joins Orioles
PBaltimore Orioles
September 4, 2018
Ortiz had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.
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Headlines Schoop deal
PBaltimore Orioles
July 31, 2018
Ortiz was traded from the Brewers to the Orioles on Tuesday along with Jonathan Villar and Jean Carmona in exchange for Jonathan Schoop, Mark Feinsand of reports.
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