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Rafael Ortega | Outfielder

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 160
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Rafael Ortega hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs Friday against the Mets.
The 23-year-old Ortega was a member of the Cardinals' 40-man roster last year until being designated for assignment and clearing waivers in September. He's really more of a speedster than a power guy; he finished with seven homers and 19 steals in a 2014 season spent mostly in Double-A. He has three 30-steal seasons to his credit in the minors, but he's never topped nine homers. Mar 27 - 4:43 PM

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Cardinals sent OF Rafael Ortega outright to Triple-A Memphis.

Ortega was designated for assignment on Monday to make room on the 40-man roster. He will remain with the organization as minor league depth.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 07:37:00 PM

Cardinals designated OF Rafael Ortega for assignment.

St. Louis claimed Ortega off waivers from the Rangers over the winter but never found a use for him. He batted just .246/.329/.340 this season in the minors.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 01:44:00 PM

Cardinals optioned OF Rafael Ortega to Triple-A Memphis.

The Cardinals claimed Ortega off waivers from the Rangers in January but have no use for him on their major league roster. The 22-year-old outfielder batted just .228/.315/.297 last season at the Double-A level.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Cardinals claimed OF Rafael Ortega off waivers from the Rangers.

Ortega batted just .228/.315/.297 in 2013 at Double-A, but he has good speed and is only 22 years old. The Cardinals will hope he blossoms in their farm system.
Mon, Jan 6, 2014 03:08:00 PM

Rangers designated OF Rafael Ortega for assignment.

Ortega had a brutal .228/.315/.297 batting line in 178 plate appearances this past season at the Triple-A level, but he's 22 years old so he may draw interest on waivers. Ortega does have 156 minor league stolen bases.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 02:18:00 PM

Rangers claimed OF Rafael Ortega off waivers from the Rockies.

Ortega, 22, battled injuries this past season while batting just .228/.315/.297 with one home run and 10 RBI over 178 plate appearances in Double-A. The Rangers are obviously hopeful that he can get his career back on track after a lost year.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 03:19:00 PM

Rockies purchased the contract OF Rafael Ortega from High-A Modesto.

Ortega, 21, will be given an extended look over the final three games. The Rockies transferred Jonathan Sanchez to the 60-day disabled list to off-set their 40-man roster.
Sun, Sep 30, 2012 01:07:00 PM

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