PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks announced they have acquired infielder Tyler Bortnick from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for infielder Ryan Roberts, according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.
Bortnick, 25, hit .253 (88-for-348) with 18 doubles, 8 triples, 4 home runs and 48 RBI in 95 games with Double-A Montgomery in 2012. He was 23-for-26 in stolen base attempts with the Biscuits and is tied for fourth in the Southern League in steals and triples.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound right-hander was named to both the Florida State League mid-and postseason All-Star Teams last season, hitting .306 (145-for-474) with 34 doubles, 7 triples, 4 home runs, 70 RBI and 43 stolen bases. He ranked among the FSL leaders in on-base percentage (1st, .428), stolen bases (1st), runs scored (2nd, 96), doubles (5th), triples (T-6th) and average (8th).
Bortnick, who was selected in the 16th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is a career .289 (428-for-1,479) hitter with 104 doubles, 21 triples, 21 home runs and 131 stolen bases in 417 Minor League games in the Rays’ organization. He will be assigned to Triple-A Reno.
Roberts, 31, was designated for assignment earlier today. He batted .252 (63-for-250) with 9 doubles, 6 home runs and 33 RBI in 82 games with the D-backs in 2012.
Roberts appeared in 372 games over 4 seasons with the D-backs and hit .254 (281-for-1,105) with 34 homers and 133 RBI. He signed with the D-backs as a Minor League free agent on Nov. 6, 2008.