January 10, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #39 Daniel Ortiz

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #39 | Daniel Ortiz

Position | Outfield

Bats/Throws | Left/Left

| January 5, 1990 (Cayey, Puerto Rico)

School | Benjamin Harrison High School

| 5'11''

| 166 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| Not Ranked

The Twins shocked the world when they drafted yet another "toolsy" outfielder in the 4th round of last June's draft. In the last few years, Joe Benson, Angel Morales, Ben Revere, Aaron Hicks and others have been drafted highly and all have quite a few tools that could make them something special someday. The same can be said about Daniel Ortiz. Ortiz at just 5-feet 11-inches packs quite a punch in his bat. In fact, many scouting reports believe he has the potential to be a five-tool player, including hitting power. He has both great speed and a great glove. Ortiz can be added to the list of high-ceiling outfielders. He (like the others) will take time to develop his skills, so the Twins will need to be patient. I expect we won't see him in Beloit until 2010. But (like always) injuries can change everything.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     RBI
R         48    205    .274    .328    .419      18      2      27

2009 Outlook

I expect to see Ortiz in extended spring training and with the Elizabethton Twins come June.


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