The Angels today agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Rafael Ortega. Today's announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.
Ortega, 24, spent the 2015 season with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization and batted .286 (125/437) with 22 doubles, two home runs and 42 RBI in 131 games for the Redbirds. He led all Pacific Coast League outfielders with 15 assists, ranked tied for seventh in the PCL with 55 walks and his six triples were tied for seventh most in the league. In eight career minor league seasons, he owns a .288 (774/2683) average with 112 doubles, 40 triples, 35 home runs, 305 RBI and 192 stolen bases. The outfielder was named a Dominican Summer League All-Star in 2009 and a Pioneer League All-Star in 2010.
A native of El Tigre, Venezuela, Ortega was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Colorado in 2008. He played his first six professional seasons in the Rockies organization before being claimed off waivers by Texas on November, 27, 2013. Just over one month later, he was claimed off waivers by St. Louis on January 6, 2014. In 2014 with Double-A Springfield, he ranked second among Texas League outfielders with 16 assists.
Ortega received his first Major League promotion in late September of 2012 and made his big league debut for the Rockies on September 30, 2012 at Dodger Stadium, where he recorded a single off Josh Beckett in his first career plate appearance. In his two career Major League games, he has batted .500 (2/4) with one walk, one strikeout, one stolen base and one hit by pitch.