|First baseman / Outfielder|
May 11, 1981 |
|September 5, 2005, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 29, 2008, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Runs batted in||24|
Ortmeier was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and played baseball at Lewisville High School in Lewisville, Texas. He was drafted by the White Sox in the 27th round out of high school, but opted to play for Coach Clay Gould at UT Arlington. He was redrafted in the 3rd round his collegiate junior year by the SF Giants and signed. His brother, Chris, was drafted by the Cubs out of high school, but went on to pitch at Navaro and Texas Tech.
In his Double-A campaign in 2005, he hit 20 home runs with 35 stolen bases. He made his major league debut on September 5, 2005, with the Giants. Ortmeier started off 2006 with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. He was called up briefly to the Giants and then returned to Triple-A. He struggled with a knee and a wrist injury, he finished the year with the Double-A Connecticut Defenders.
Ortmeier had knee surgery prior to the 2007 season, but was fully recovered by spring training. He was assigned to the Grizzlies for the start of the 2007 season, but was called up to the Giants twice. Ortmeier switched from playing outfield to first base due to the Giants' glut of outfielders. On September 7, he hit a walk-off home run to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park.
Ortmeier competed for the starting first base job in 2008 spring training, but lost the competition to Rich Aurilia. At the request of the team, Ortmeier gave up switch hitting in favor of batting exclusively from the right side. In 2007, he batted .240 at the Triple-A level as a left-handed hitter. On April 9, 2008, Ortmeier batted as a right-handed hitter against a right-handed pitcher for the first time since 2002 and hit a game winning RBI double against Heath Bell. In August 2008, he went back to switch-hitting.
- Henry Schulman (2008-04-10). "Giants Right-On: In first righty-righty at-bat since 2002, Ortmeier delivers". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- Troy Renck (2009-01-14). "Rockies re-sign Podsednik on minor-league deal". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2009-01-14.