Rafael Ortega
Rafael Ortega
29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Braves in December of 2019.
Signs minor-league deal with Braves
OFAtlanta Braves  NRI
December 10, 2019
Ortega signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Tuesday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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In his first season with the Braves last year, Ortega had limited production, hitting .205/.271/.307 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 34 games. The 28-year-old will get the chance to develop more in the minors in 2020, although it wouldn't be surprising to see him in the majors at some point after he saw major-league action in each of the last two seasons. While the report doesn't say so explicitly, he will likely attend major-league camp for spring training.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
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+283%
OPS vs RHP
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+35%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .527 37 1 0 2 0 .229 .270 .257
Since 2018vs Right .573 202 16 2 15 8 .220 .282 .290
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .167 12 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .083
2019vs Right .640 84 7 2 10 3 .224 .298 .342
2018vs Left .708 25 1 0 2 0 .304 .360 .348
2018vs Right .526 118 9 0 5 5 .218 .271 .255
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+11%
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+38%
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+5%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .536 121 8 1 7 4 .200 .273 .264
Since 2018Away .594 118 9 1 10 4 .243 .288 .306
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2019Home .489 52 3 1 5 2 .152 .250 .239
2019Away .676 44 4 1 5 1 .262 .295 .381
2018Home .571 69 5 0 2 2 .234 .290 .281
2018Away .545 74 5 0 5 3 .232 .284 .261
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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In search of new home
OFFree Agent  NRI
December 2, 2019
Ortega was non-tendered by Atlanta on Monday.
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Makes NLDS squad
OFAtlanta Braves  NRI
October 2, 2019
Ortega will be on the Braves' NLDS roster, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Blasts off in regular-season finale
OFAtlanta Braves  NRI
September 30, 2019
Ortega went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Mets in 11 innings.
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Loses everyday role
OFAtlanta Braves  NRI
September 16, 2019
Ortega came off the bench to play the final four innings of Sunday's 7-0 loss to the Nationals, going hitless in his lone plate appearance.
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Heads to bench during slump
OFAtlanta Braves  NRI
September 11, 2019
Ortega is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.
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