FEELING AT HOME: Luis was hired as the major league hitting coach on November 14, 2018, returning to the Texas organization, where he spent five years in player development from 2008-12…has made his home in North Richland Hills in the DFW area for many years, as he owned a baseball academy in suburban Keller prior to joining the professional ranks…before he became a professional coach, produced many books and videos on hitting instruction…his 14-year pro playing career included major league stints with the Red Sox (1993-94) and Rangers (1995-96).
SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE: In 2018, served one year with the Dodgers big league staff as assistant hitting coach, where he was on the same staff as current Rangers manager Chris Woodward…along with LA hitting coach Turner Ward, Ortiz assisted a team whose offense led the National League in runs, home runs, walks, total bases, and slugging en route to a second straight N.L. pennant…previously had a stint as the Padres field and hitting coordinator (2015-17), and also served as assistant field coordinator and cultural development coordinator in the Cleveland Indians player development system (2013-14).
TEXAS HISTORY: Had various roles as a hitting instructor in Rangers' farm system at Spokane (2008), as Roving Hitting Instructor (2009-11), and Assistant Hitting Coordinator (2012)…was part of same minor league coordinator staff as Jayce Tingler and Hector Ortiz during his first stint with Texas, and Oscar Marin was also a coach for the club's Arizona League squad at that time.
PLAYING CAREER: Originally selected by Boston in the eighth round of the 1991 June draft, Ortiz sustained a 14-year playing career, including major league stints with the Red Sox (1993-94) and Rangers (1995-96)…compiled a career .296 batting average and .791 OPS figure over 14 minor league seasons…his MLB debut came against the Rangers on Aug. 31, 1993 at Fenway Park, going 2-for-3 in a start at 3rd base and driving in the Sox' only run that night against Kenny Rogers, who posted a complete game in winning a sixth consecutive start…first hit was an RBI single to left field…Ortiz was traded to Texas on Dec. 9, 1994, along with Otis Nixon, in exchange for Jose Canseco…set MLB career highs in most categories with Texas in 1995, hitting first major league home run in his Rangers debut on June 4, 1995 against Minnesota in Arlington (off Eddie Guardado)…homered and tripled in final ML game on Sept. 28, 1996 vs. California, which was season finale after Texas had clinched a division title the previous night…spent most of 1997 season with Yakult Swallows in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, and played in the minors from 1997-2004 with the Texas, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Arizona, Montreal and St. Louis organizations.
AMATEUR: Ortiz was an All-American standout at Union University (Jackson, TN) from 1988-91 and posted a career .911 slugging percentage to set an NAIA record…in 2003, Ortiz returned to Union and became the first Dominican-born major leaguer to earn his college degree…majored in physical education and had a minor in marketing…inducted into the Union's Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
PERSONAL: Luis Alberto Ortiz…he and his wife, Susan, have four daughters: Gabriela (8/24/93), Naomi (2/13/95), Samantha (1/15/97) and Moriah (4/20/00).