Ryan Ortiz

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Ryan Randal Ortiz

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Ryan Ortiz played in the minor leagues from 2009 to 2015.


Amateur Career[edit]

Ortiz hit .440 as a high school junior and .420 as a senior, winning All-State honors. He was 0 for 4 as a college freshman in 2007, backing up Mitch Canham. OSU won the 2007 College World Series. In 2008, the sophomore took over the departing Canham and hit .351/.442/.527 to pace the team's offense, driving in 55 runs in 52 games. He was All-Pacific-10 Conference at catcher, joining Jason Castro and Petey Paramore. With the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox that summer, he batted .274/.381/.355 as a backup to Tony Sanchez. In 2009, he remained sharp at .352/.458/.509 with 55 runs in 56 games. His 76 hits were 5th in the Pac-10 and he again made All-Conference.

Professional Career[edit]

He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round of the 2009 amateur draft. The scout was Jim Coffman. He made his pro debut that summer with the Vancouver Canadians, hitting .258/.388/.430 with 24 RBI in 48 games for the club. He led Northwest League catchers in games played (44), total chances (367), putouts (337) and passed balls (13) while placing second in percentage of runners thrown down (35.4%). He was productive with the 2010 Stockton Ports (.277/.394/.479) before a right shoulder strain ended his year. He led California League catchers in errors (8) while splitting action with Paramore and Yusuf Carter.

Following offseason surgery, he was back with Stockton to start 2011. After hitting .340/.455/.515 in 28 games for the Ports, he was promoted to the Midland RockHounds, for whom he hit .237/.357/.303 in 47 games, splitting time with former OSU teammate Canham. In the Arizona Fall League, he hit .310 with 12 RBI in 15 games for Phoenix. He played in the Athletics system through 2014, reaching Triple A for the first time in 2013. He then joined the Cleveland Indians organization briefly in 2015, also spending a short while in independent ball.