Rafael Ortega (baseball)
Ortega with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2016
|San Diego Padres|
May 15, 1991 |
El Tigre, Venezuela
|September 30, 2012, for the Colorado Rockies|
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||16|
Rafael Ángel Ortega García (born May 15, 1991) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder in the San Diego Padres organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Ortega was signed as an amateur free agent in 2008 by the Colorado Rockies. He debuted with the Rockies on September 30, 2012. In 2013, Ortega started the season in Double-A and was released after 42 games. He signed with a Venezuelan team for the remainder of the season.
St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Ortega to a one-year contract on December 1, 2015. Ortega made the team out of spring training as a fourth outfielder. After injuries to their starting left fielders, Ortega was entrenched as the Angels left fielder. In 36 games, he hit .236 while displaying excellent defense and putting the ball in play, as he struck out just 16 times in 122 at bats. On June 11, Ortega was sent down to Triple-A. He elected free agency in November 2016.
San Diego Padres
- Dominican Summer League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star (2009)
- Pioneer League Post-Season All-Star (2010)
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