Rafael Ortega

Rafael Ortega

32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Rafael Ortega in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the White Sox in January of 2024.
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OFChicago White Sox  AAA
January 12, 2024
Ortega signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Jan. 5.
ANALYSIS
Ortega, 32, spent the bulk of the 2023 season at the Triple-A level in the Mets and Rangers organizations but did get into 47 games with the Mets, posting a .619 OPS. He's a career .247/.324/.352 hitter over parts of seven big-league seasons. The White Sox's outfield depth is thin, so it's possible Ortega will get another opportunity in the majors at some point in 2024.
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+7%
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+20%
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+32%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .631 56 9 0 2 3 .265 .345 .286
Since 2022vs Right .673 450 42 8 41 15 .231 .332 .341
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2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left .697 34 3 0 2 1 .300 .364 .333
2023vs Right .583 102 13 1 6 5 .190 .333 .250
2022vs Left .529 22 6 0 0 2 .211 .318 .211
2022vs Right .698 348 29 7 35 10 .242 .331 .367
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+45%
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+11%
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Since 2022Home .668 271 29 3 21 12 .232 .347 .321
Since 2022Away .667 235 22 5 22 6 .238 .318 .350
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2023Home .703 80 9 0 6 6 .273 .400 .303
2023Away .484 56 7 1 2 0 .146 .255 .229
2022Home .654 191 20 3 15 6 .215 .325 .329
2022Away .723 179 15 4 20 6 .266 .337 .386
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In the mix
OFNew York Yankees  AAA
March 22, 2023
Ortega is a candidate to round out the Yankees' Opening Day outfield roster contingent, shares Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com.
ANALYSIS
Ortega is among the more seasoned options New York has. The 31-year-old made 97 outfield starts for the Cubs last season, grading as a positive defender while slashing .241/.331/.358. He could have an edge over right-handed competition, as his lefty bat would offset the likes of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu.
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If every pitcher in the majors was right-handed, Ortega would be a pretty enticing fantasy asset. Unfortunately, there are plenty of southpaws around, and Ortega hasn't had a ton of success against them. Since 2020, his OPS against righties is .790, but his OPS against lefties is just .452. Not surprisingly, the Cubs limited Ortega's exposure against lefties during his time with the club. Last year, the outfielder appeared in 118 games and recorded 316 at-bats. His .241/.331/.358 slash line was ultimately disappointing, as it was down across the board from a promising 2021. Ortega also tallied seven home runs and, for the second straight season, stole 12 bases. The Cubs decided not to tender Ortega a contract after the season, and he joined the Yankees as a non-roster invitee. New York's depth in center field isn't great behind Harrison Bader, but Ortega is still likely an injury away from seeing a roster spot, let alone regular playing time.
Ortega earned his most consistent run in the majors in 2021, racking up a career-high 330 plate appearances. The vast majority of that playing time came in the second half of the season after the Cubs dismantled their core and were attempting to extract value from players within their organization. Ortega provided just that by posting a .306/.378/.491 line with a .185 ISO - good for a 133 wRC+. While it was an impressive display, Ortega will be entering his age-31 season and has just a .255/.318/.363 career line across 777 plate appearances. Given the combination of age and skill, Ortega is exceedingly unlikely to be a building block in the Cubs' organization moving forward. That leaves his role in 2022 uncertain, and that uncertainty is only likely to grow as the season progresses thanks to the offseason additions of Harold Ramirez and Clint Frazier as well as the impending call-up of top prospect Brennen Davis.
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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Hits open market
OFFree Agent  AAA
October 24, 2023
Ortega elected to become a free agent Tuesday.
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Removed from 40-man
OFNew York Mets  AAA
October 20, 2023
The Mets placed Ortega on outright waivers Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Added to lineup Wednesday
OFNew York Mets  AAA
September 20, 2023
Ortega was added to the lineup for Wednesday's game at Miami.
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Loses hold of regular role
OFNew York Mets  AAA
September 3, 2023
Ortega is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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On bench against lefty
OFNew York Mets  AAA
August 29, 2023
Ortega is out of the lineup Tuesday versus the Rangers.
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