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Ortiz attended high school and trained at the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in his native Puerto Rico before following the program's pipeline to Florida SouthWestern State JC. Signed for $20,000 as a nondrafted free agent in 2021, he didn't do much in his first full pro season before exploding in his second to win High-A South Atlantic League MVP and Rangers Minor League Player of the Year accolades. After spending the offseason training with fellow Puerto Rican and former All-Star Carlos Delgado, shortening his left-handed swing and beginning to wear contact lenses during games, Ortiz led the Minors in slugging (.619) and ranked fourth in homers (33) and OPS (.990).

Ortiz's strength and bat speed create well-above-average raw power. He began to tap into it more in games by toning down his approach, which allowed him to hit the ball in the air with premium exit velocities on a more regular basis. Strikeouts always will be part of his package, but he's showing more discipline than he had in the past and will draw his share of walks.

Because Ortiz is a well-below-average runner with fringy arm strength, there's a lot of pressure on his bat. He's an adequate defender at first base who needs to cut down on his errors. He looked better than expected in right field during the Arizona Fall League, but the outfield corners are still a stretch.

Round Rock Express (AAA)
Round Rock, TX | Pacific Coast League
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Frisco Roughriders (AA)
Frisco, TX | Texas League
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Hickory Crawdads (Hi A)
Hickory, NC | South Atlantic League
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Down East Wood Ducks (Lo A)
Kinston, NC | Carolina League
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