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Rafael Ortega | Outfielder | #39

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 160
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Rafael Ortega is starting in left field and batting second for the Angels for the second straight day on Sunday.
It appears that Ortega will slide right into the role vacated by Daniel Nava (knee) as the left fielder and No. 2 hitter versus right-handers. The 24-year-old stole a base on Saturday and his speed could give him some fantasy value over the next couple weeks while Nava is out. Apr 17 - 11:38 AM

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Angels recalled OF Rafael Ortega from Triple-A Salt Lake.

With the Angels struggling on offense, they'll see if Ortega can provide a jolt. The 24-year-old outfielder was hitting .348/.360/.652 with one homer and seven RBI through six games at Salt Lake. Ortega is starting in left field and batting second on Saturday.
Apr 16 - 11:13 AM

Angels optioned OF Rafael Ortega to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Ortega held his own this spring with a .320 average across 50 Cactus League at-bats. He also showed some speed on the base paths with three steals. The 24-year-old will bide his time in Salt Lake until a spot opens up in the Angels' outfield.
Apr 2 - 6:18 PM

Rafael Ortega went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, three RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Brewers.

Ortega entered the game as a pinch-runner after Daniel Nava was hit by a Wily Peralta pitch, but he certainly made his mark. The outfielder had an RBI triple in the third inning before adding a two-run double in the seventh. Ortega is batting .281 with a .793 OPS and seven RBI in his bid to make the club, and without a ton of other, better options -- Nava could be a starter on Opening Day -- the 24-year-old could elbow his way into some playing time if he performs well.
Mar 19 - 8:28 PM

Angels signed OF Rafael Ortega to a one-year contract.

Ortega, 24, had a brief cup of coffee back in 2012 with the Rockies but has spent the last three seasons in Double- and Triple-A, most recently batting .286/.367/.378 at Triple-A for the Cardinals. He'll compete for a reserve outfielder spot.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 07:11:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 04:43:00 PM

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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C1Carlos Perez
2Geovany Soto
1B1C.J. Cron
2Ji-Man Choi
2B1Johnny Giavotella
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Daniel Nava
2Craig Gentry
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
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2Garrett Richards
3C.J. Wilson
4Hector Santiago
5Andrew Heaney
6Matt Shoemaker
7Nick Tropeano
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2Joe Smith
3Fernando Salas
4Mike Morin
5Cory Rasmus
6Jose Alvarez
7Greg Mahle
8Cam Bedrosian