Rafael Ortega (baseball)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ortega and the second or maternal family name is García.
Rafael Ortega
Rafael Ortega at Globe Life Park in May 2016.jpg
Ortega with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2016
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – No. 39
Born: (1991-05-15) May 15, 1991 (age 25)
El Tigre, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 30, 2012, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .500
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 0

Rafael Ángel Ortega García (born May 15, 1991) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Colorado Rockies.


Colorado Rockies[edit]

Ortega was signed as an amateur free agent in 2008 by the Colorado Rockies. He debuted with the Rockies on September 30, 2012.[1] 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.

Texas Rangers[edit]

Ortega was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on November 27, 2013.[2] The Rangers designated Ortega for assignment on December 30.[3][4]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

The St. Louis Cardinals claimed Ortega on January 6, 2014.[5] He played in the Cardinals minor league system for the 2014 and 2015 season.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Ortega to a one-year contract on December 1, 2015.[6] 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 11th, Ortega was sent down to AAA.



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