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Joey Ortiz

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Joseph Anthony Ortiz

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Biographical information[edit]

Infielder Joey Ortiz put himself in pretty exclusive company when he drove in three runs in his major league debut for the Baltimore Orioles against the Detroit Tigers in a 7-4 win on April 27, 2023. Starting at second base, he joined OF Don Baylor, who had accomplished the feat in his debut in 1970 as the only other player to do so since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954; four players had managed to do so when they were still the St. Louis Browns. Baylor had gone on to drive over 1,200 runs for his career. One of a number of promising young infielders in the Orioles' system that season, he only played 15 games in the bigs, hitting .212 with no homers and 4 RBIs. With the AAA Norfolk Tides, he hit .321 in 88 games, with 30 doubles, 9 homers, 66 runs and 58 RBIs.

Ortiz was selected by the Orioles in the 4th round of the 2019 amateur draft, out of New Mexico State University, where he was a teammate of Kyle Bradish, who would also be his teammate with the Orioles.

On February 1, 2024, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers alongside P DL Hall and a Compensation Round A pick in the 2024 amateur draft (the #34 overall), in return for ace pitcher Corbin Burnes. Installed as the Brewers' regular third baseman, he had a great month of May, when he hit .307 and slugged .587, collecting 12 extra-base hits (7 doubles, 1 triple and 4 homers) to be named the National League Rookie of the Month.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Steve Kornacki: "Ortiz in 'pretty good company' after three-RBI debut: Second baseman is first Orioles player to accomplish the feat since Don Baylor in 1970", mlb.com, April 28, 2023. [1]
  • Adam McCalvy: "For 'now' and 'future,' Crew acquires Hall and Ortiz for Burnes", mlb.com, February 2, 2024. [2]

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