Jorge Ona

27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 4/16/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jorge Ona in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Padres in March of 2020. Released by the Padres in December of 2023.
Released by San Diego
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Undisclosed
December 23, 2023
Ona (undisclosed) was released by the Padres on Dec. 18.
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Ona slashed just .218/.301/.391 over 35 games for Double-A San Antonio in 2023 and didn't play after mid-June due to an undisclosed injury. He'll turn 27 next week and last appeared in the majors in 2020.
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Before everything hit the fan, the thought was that Ona would spend a good chunk of the year at Double-A after missing most of the 2019 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The cancellation of the minor-league season cost Ona much-needed development time and he's now behind the eight ball as a 24-year-old with 118 PA in live games over the past two years. Of those 118 PA, 15 came with the Padres in September of 2020, and while Ona fanned in nearly half of those, he also got on the board with his first career MLB homer. He was signed out of Cuba in 2016 for $7 million and showed promise his first few years in pro ball, even if the in-game power lagged behind expectations. The Padres are suddenly one of MLB's best teams and Ona does not project to play a big role on the club in 2021. He will be a depth option in the outfield corners.
Ona was signed as a 19-year-old out of Cuba in 2016, getting $7 million of the Padres' international pool money. The 6-foot outfielder is an impressive physical specimen, best suited for a corner spot with the arm to handle right field. After a poor 2017 campaign with High-A Lake Elsinore, Ona opened 2019 at Double-A Amarillo where he was crushing, posting a .348/.417/.539 slash through 25 games. However, his campaign was cut short as a sore throwing shoulder required season-ending labrum surgery. Despite a deep farm system, San Diego placed Ona on the 40-man. Improved pitch selection was cited as a primary reason for protecting him. Look for Ona to return to the Sod Poodles to begin 2020 with a likely advancement to Triple-A El Paso once he shows he's fully healthy. He likely won't be called up this season but has a chance to be part of the Padres' future.
It's extremely difficult to evaluate an international signee's first year in pro ball, especially when that prospect signed when he was 19. Ona, a 6-foot, 220-pound Cuban, was 15 percent better than an average hitter in the Midwest League, but with only 11 home runs and a .128 ISO, it seemed like he came up shy of expectations. He has a right field profile, and was expected to bring plus right-handed power to the table. While he does have plus raw power, his aggressive approach muted that pop somewhat, as he failed to get into hitter's counts. His .277 average seems like the high end of what we can reasonably expect, as he rarely uses the opposite field and his .357 BABIP was the sixth highest mark in the league. He stole eight bases on 10 attempts, but is a below-average runner, so at best he will be a four-category contributor. While he failed to improve his stock in Year 1, it's advisable to be patient with Ona in deeper leagues, as he should put up better power numbers in the California League.
Ona is the rare international free agent signing who has loud offensive tools and is not at least five or six years away from the big leagues. He was 19 when the Padres inked him to a $7 million bonus, but the Cuban corner outfielder will be 20 when he debuts, likely at Low-A Fort Wayne or High-A Lake Elsinore. General manager A.J. Preller compared Ona's compact, muscular 6-foot-2 frame to that of Albert Belle. While he didn't go as far as to compare Ona to Belle from a talent standpoint, that's the general skill set the Padres are hoping for -- big right-handed power with a 55- or 60-grade hit tool. He might be an average runner now, but speed won't be a part of his game by the time he reaches the majors. Unfortunately, Ona hasn't played much non-showcase baseball since defecting, so it is hard to say how quickly he will acclimate to game action, but he has the potential to move relatively quickly.
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Playing at Double-A level
OFSan Diego Padres  
April 13, 2022
Ona (elbow) has appeared in three games this season for Double-A San Antonio, going 2-for-12 with two walks and an RBI.
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Sent outright to Triple-A
OFSan Diego Padres  
Elbow
November 19, 2021
Ona (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
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Moves rehab to Double-A
OFSan Diego Padres  
Elbow
August 22, 2021
The Padres transferred Ona's rehab assignment for an elbow injury to Double-A San Antonio on Saturday. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in his San Antonio debut.
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Kicks off rehab assignment
OFSan Diego Padres  
Elbow
August 21, 2021
Ona (elbow) began a rehab assignment Aug. 12 with the Padres' Arizona Complex League affiliate and has gone 1-for-9 with a double, a walk, two runs and an RBI through three games.
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Shifts to 60-day IL
OFSan Diego Padres  
Elbow
May 9, 2021
Ona (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
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