Scouting Twins Prospect #35: Daniel Ortiz

The Twins drafted Daniel Ortiz in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, raising some eyebrows in the process. However, Ortiz has the potential to be a five-tool prospect, and it will be interesting to see the young outfielder develop in the next couple of seasons.

Name: Daniel Ortiz
D.O.B. January 5, 1990
Position: Outfielder
Throws: Left
Weight: 166
How Acquired: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round of the 2008 June draft.

When the Twins selected Daniel Ortiz in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, it raised some eyebrows, especially considering how many high draft picks they have spent on outfielders the past two years. With Ortiz, who is only 19 years old, the Twins may have found another outfield prospect with a very high ceiling. He has the potential to hit for average and power, and has blazing speed.

Ortiz signed quickly after being selected by the Twins, and made his professional debut as a member of the Gulf Coast League Twins. For the Twins, Ortiz displayed some great power, though he did appear anxious at the plate at some points. He struck out a bunch, and showed little plate discipline, but that is to be expected out of someone his age.

Still, he is seen as being a potential five-tool player, with a blend a rocket for a left arm.

Batting and Power: Ortiz has the potential to be a very good batter, but he needs to work on his discipline at the plate. High strikeout totals are very common among young players, and it is to be expected. He showed incredible gap power this past season, which projects to being a very good power hitter in the future. Ortiz needs to put on weight, but that will come.

Baserunning and Speed: Ortiz is a very speedy guy, and that equates to him being a threat on the basepaths. His speed would be considered a top attribute, as he is able to get from first to third on a single very easily. He will likely be a 20-25 stolen base guy as well, once he learns how to be a better baserunner.

Defense: Ortiz has a rocket for a left arm, and he is projected to be a right fielder. He has the ability to play center field, but with his arm, he is likely to be a corner outfielder. He gets to balls and makes it look easy, and he also is the kind of arm that people are afraid to run on. His defense is something that will definitely be considered a top tool in his game as he progresses.

ETA. 2013 Ortiz will likely make a step-by-step rise up the organizational ladder, though he could move quicker as he gets more accustomed to the professional ranks. In 2009, he is likely to stay in extended spring training, before making the trek to Elizabethton in the Appalachian League. In E-Town, Ortiz will be a starter and be in the middle to the top of the lineup. He is definitely a prospect that could shoot up the ranks with another good season.

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