Rafael Ortega (baseball)

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Rafael Ortega
Rafael Ortega at Globe Life Park in May 2016.jpg
Ortega with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2016
San Diego Padres
Born: (1991-05-15) May 15, 1991 (age 26)
El Tigre, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 30, 2012, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .238
Home runs 1
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.


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 11, Ortega was sent down to Triple-A. He elected free agency in November 2016.[7]

San Diego Padres[edit]

On December 13, 2016, Ortega signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rockies select contract of outfielder Rafael Ortega | Rockies.com: News". Colorado.rockies.mlb.com. September 30, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rangers claim outfielder Ortega off waivers from Rox". Mlb.mlb.com. November 27, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Texas Rangers trade 1B Chris McGuiness for Pirates P Miles Mikolas | Dallas Morning News". Rangersblog.dallasnews.com. December 30, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Pro baseball: Rangers drop former Drillers outfielder Rafael Ortega off roster - Tulsa World: Pro Baseball". Tulsa World. December 30, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.bnd.com/2014/01/06/2991694/cardinals-claim-outfielder-ortega.html
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/Angels/status/671841362279399424
  7. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 21, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Nov 12-18". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Todd, Jeff (December 14, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/14/16". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 

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