Tirso Ornelas
19-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Diego Padres A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ornelas opened the year as the second-youngest player in the Midwest League, and while his slash line and counting stats may not stand out, it was a very impressive showing. He ranked top-15 in BB/K (0.59), Oppo% (36.8) and swinging-strike rate (7.9%), displaying one of the best approaches in the league while making contact at an elite clip, given his age and level. From a raw tools perspective, Ornelas (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) has a pretty swing from the left side and above-average raw power. He is still learning how to get to that power in games, but should be a 25-homer threat in a few years. The big selling point, however, is that his hit tool could be special. Ornelas can handle all three outfield spots, but he fits best in right field. He missed the final six weeks of the 2018 season with a wrist injury, but should be tested with an assignment to the hitter-friendly California League, where he will once again be one of the youngest players. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed by the Padres for $1.5 million in July of 2016.
Riding high in Cal League
OFSan Diego Padres  A+
April 18, 2019
Ornelas is hitting .321/.431/.509 with one home run, one steal and a 16:11 K:BB in 65 plate appearances with High-A Lake Elsinore.
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Ornelas is the youngest hitter at High-A, but he is handling the level just fine through 14 games. His 2018 production was limited due to bad luck on balls in play and a second-half wrist injury, but he still managed to post a 109 wRC+. Ornelas may not be much of a threat on the bases by the time he reaches the majors, but he could be a valuable contributor in the other four roto categories, offering upside in OBP, AVG and points leagues.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Padres had a record-setting international signing class in the summer of 2016, and the early returns suggest Ornelas may go down as the best pure hitter from that class. He won't get much love on real-life lists, due to his corner-only defensive profile, but he could be a plus hitter with at least plus power. Ornelas finished fourth in the Arizona League in walk rate (16.8 percent) and ninth in OBP (.399) despite being the youngest hitter in the league (he turns 18 in March). His .133 ISO may not look like much, but evaluators project the 6-foot-4, 180-pound outfielder to grow into huge raw power as he matures physically. He could be held back in extended spring training before being sent to the Northwest League, but considering how impressive he was in his pro debut, the Padres could choose to aggressively assign him to the Midwest League. If he is sent to Low-A, don't expect much production, especially in the first half. This is a long-term investment that could pay off in a big way in 2021 or 2022.
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Starting season at High-A
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April 1, 2019
Ornelas will begin the 2019 season at High-A Lake Elsinore, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Out with wrist injury
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Wrist
August 9, 2018
Ornelas is on the 7-day disabled list with Low-A Fort Wayne with a wrist injury, Elizabeth Wyman of The Journal Gazette reports.
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Second youngest player in Midwest League
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April 4, 2018
Ornelas will open the year with Low-A Fort Wayne as the second youngest player in the Midwest League, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
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