Continuing our offseason coverage, the Baltimore Battery returns with our annual Prospect Profiles series, now highlighting the Orioles’ top 30 prospect for the 2021 season!
In this series of articles, we break down every top 30 Orioles prospect from 30 to 1. You will get to know the Baby Birds in this series, which is crucial in a rebuild. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Coming in as the new No. 30 is 18-year-old left-handed pitcher, Luis Ortiz. Yes, yes I know. Ortiz is now the second “Luis Ortiz”, with the first being the key piece in the Jonathan Schoop trade with Milwaukee in 2018. That Luis Ortiz just signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.
PITCHING GRADES: Fastball 55 Changeup 45 Curveball 55 Control 50 Overall 40
2020 rank: N/A 2021 rank: #30
Ortiz was signed out of the international market in 2019, a spot GM Mike Elias said he was sure to get more involved in. After receiving a $400,000 signing bonus, Ortiz became a part of the Orioles organization.
A tall kid at six-foot-three inches, Ortiz looks every single bit of 18 years old, topping out his fastball in the low 90s. A good changeup has shown scouts a lot of maturity in Ortiz’s game, something you don’t always see from a young prospect at this young age.
Ortiz is someone that is hard to put stats and numbers to his game, as he is still so young, we haven’t seen much from him in a professional setting, if it all. With the new season in 2021 right around the corner, Ortiz is certainly a kid all fans want to keep an eye on. After all, he has landed as the No. 30 prospect before playing in a live minor league game within the organization.
Ortiz replaces former Orioles’ No. 30 prospect Gray Fenter, who was just recently picked up by the Chicago Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft earlier this month.
Let us know what you think about our new No. 30 prospect in the comments, and be sure to check who ranks next on The Baltimore Battery’s 2021 Prospect Profiles!