It was a proud day around the Oakland A's minor league complex on Wednesday. Minor league coach and former A's farmhand Gabriel Ortiz became a United States citizen on March 1. The native of the Dominican Republic has been a member of the A's Arizona Rookie League coaching staff for the past three seasons.
Ortiz originally hails from San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. He joined the A's organization at age 20 and spent five seasons as a catcher in the A's system. He reached as high as Double-A Midland and was a career .238 hitter with eight homeruns in 146 games. Ortiz re-joined the organization before the 2014 season and has been part of the AZL A's coaching staff as a general assignment coach since that time. Ortiz turned 31 in November.