Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Angels announced the signing of 24-year-old outfielder, Rafael Ortega. The Venezuelan speedster has signed with the Halos for one-year at a Major League minimum of $500 thousand.
Ortega, 24, has played in two Major League games, both with the Colorado Rockies, going 2-for-4 with a walk and hit-by-pitch at the plate. Ortega has spent the last eight years in the minors, after signing at 16-years-old, with six of those years coming with the Rox, and the previous two coming with the St. Louis Cardinals.
As a minor leaguer, Ortega has a career slash of .288/.355/.399 with 112 doubles, 40 triples, 35 home runs, 305 RBI, 459 runs scored and 192 stolen bases in 703 games. Last season, Ortega led the Pacific Coast League in outfield assist with 15.
Ortega is a high energy outfielder, with a strong arm. Outside of Mike Trout, he is likely the quickest runner in the Angels organization currently. He's battled through "rawness" at the plate while developing in two separate systems, and now makes consistent contact, though his power is very limited.
Ortega will likely compete for a fourth outfielder spot out of Spring Training. He'll be battling along with Efren Navarro, Collin Cowgill, Kyle Kubitza, and Gary Brown.
Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard