2014 Texas Rangers First Round Pick Luis Ortiz
The Rangers in 2014 were coming off a semi-succesful season. They made it to a game 163 against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013. They had to win their final seven games to get there and they did. Unfortunately they lost that night as David Price overcame his demons of pitching against the Rangers and shut the lineup down that night. The Rangers decided to shake things up trading for Prince Fielder and signing Shin Soo Choo.
The Rangers entered the draft with pick 30. Players such as Carlos Rodon, Kyle Schwarber, and Trea Turner had already been taken. At pick 30 the Rangers went with high school pitcher out of California Luis Ortiz. Three picks later the Boston Red Sox chose Texas high school pitcher Michael Kopech. If you were watching the game last Wednesday night you would see that it was Kopech who started against the Rangers.
Luis Ortiz was moved pretty quickly through the minor leagues. By 2016 he was pitching in Double-A for Frisco. He had a 4 ERA for the Roughriders. At the deadline the Rangers were needing bullpen help and help at catcher. They included Ortiz as a part of the trade that brought back Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress. It did work as the Rangers won the division, but they were swept in the first round.
Ortiz kept bouncing around between Milwaukee's organization, to Baltimore, to San Francisco, and now to Philadelphia. This season he is seemingly settled into pitching for the Phillies. He is a middle-relief and sometimes late inning relief for the Phillies.