22-Year-Old Pitcher – Milwaukee Brewers
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Ortiz entered last year widely considered a top-100 prospect and got off to a quick start, sitting with a 3.02 ERA after 11 starts. However, he struggled over the second half and finished the campaign...
Luis Ortiz Contract Information:
Signed with the Rangers in June of 2014.
Ortiz is healthy and looks to throw over 100 innings for the first time in his career in 2018, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Milwaukee Brewers Roster
MajorsAguilar, Jesus (1B)
AAABerry, Quintin (OF)
AABetancourt, Javier (SS)
A+Diplan, Marcos (P)
ABelonis, Carlos (OF)
RookieAbreu, Pablo (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
David Wells, Rich Garces, Luis Tiant -- name your favorite fat pitcher, and Ortiz has probably drawn comparisons. At 6-foot-3 and generously listed at 250 pounds, Ortiz's body is the first thing most will notice about him, but get too caught up in making jokes and you'll miss him mowing down opposing lineups. He already owns a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and two secondary pitches -- a slider and a changeup -- that have flashed plus potential. At just 21 years old, Ortiz has already exhibited excellent control at multiple minor league levels as well. The total package is there, and if he can stay healthy, Ortiz should fit right into the middle of Milwaukee's rotation in a couple years or so.
Ortiz offers much and more to dream on for those who want to gamble on his staying healthy and making it as a big league starter. He has been limited to just 70.1 professional innings since being drafted with the 30th overall pick in the 2014 draft, posting a 1.79 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over that span though he has dealt with forearm and elbow issues. His delivery would never be described as “free and easy,” which may be part of the reason he can’t seem to stay healthy. On a positive note, Ortiz returned in September after missing 10 weeks with elbow inflammation, giving up just one run on three hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings (five appearances), so he should be considered healthy heading into spring training. With two plus pitches (fastball and slider) already in tow as a 20-year-old, he remains a tantalizing talent with the upside of a No. 2 starter, but he also carries more health-related risk than the typical low minors pitching prospect.