Ended 2009 At: Stockton (High-A)
Should Begin 2010 At: Stockton (High-A)
2009 Statistics: .255/.275/.347 with 1 HR, 30/3 K/BB, and 2 SB in 26 games in Vancouver (Short-season-A), .262/.326/.310 with 0 HR, 14/4 K/BB, and 4 SB in 12 games in Stockton (High-A), .280/.259/.480 with 1 HR, 5/0 K/BB, and 2 SB in eight games in Midland (AA)
Defensive Reputation: Average
It’s tough to get any sort of read on Ortiz because of all the bouncing around he’s done, but two things are clear with him.
First is that his numbers are poor, particularly for a 23-year-old (he turned 24 in the offseason) at the lower levels (10/1 K/BB ratio in short-season ball at age 23).
The second is that the A’s don’t take him seriously at all, as evidenced by all the jerking around they do with him, moving him to whatever stop is necessary to cover for injuries.
Ever wonder why top prospects never seem to move up unless they’re ready?
Teams will usually move a completely unprepared but less important guy like Ortiz up four levels rather than damage a top prospect by promoting him before he’s ready.
Thus, you get Ortiz jumping from Vancouver to Midland (and even Sacramento, but he didn’t play while he was there) and back.
Ortiz did steal eight bases in 42 games, which is rare for a catcher, and he didn’t fall on his face in Stockton and Midland, although it’s just a 20-game sample.
He could stick in Stockton as the third catcher behind Paramore and Smith, but may endure another year of bouncing around.
Given all the guys pushing up from lower in the system, don’t be surprised if he’s cut in spring training (or already has been, for all I know).