Ortiz Off To Rough Start

Tampa Yankee pitcher Jonathan Ortiz isn't settling with his start this season. Ortiz is 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA and 15 strikeouts after blowing another save on Saturday. His confident attitude, however, is set on looking ahead, and duplicating his success last year is something he is hoping for. Last year he posted a 2.03 ERA and tallied 87 strikeouts with the Charleston Riverdogs.

"Last year at the beginning of the season, I had up to nine saves," Jonathan Ortiz said with the help of a translator. "This year, I wasn't that lucky."

He has started this season with seven saves, but he blew his third save of the season on Saturday night after blowing just five all of last year. He has made thirteen appearances so far and allowed ten earned runs, two home runs and twenty hits.

He had 33 saves last season, the most in the Yankee farm system. He also led the organization in most strikeouts per nine innings posting 12.6 strikeouts. The 23-year old throws a fastball in the low 90's and is working on his command on the mound.

"He does some mechanical things," Tampa Yankee pitching coach Greg Pavlick said. "He drops his arm and gets under the ball a little bit, and we just want to make sure he keeps his elbow up a little bit so he gets an angle on his pitches and makes the changeup dive and can locate the fastball down."

The closer's best pitch is the changeup, but he is working on his pitchability across the board.

"I've been working on my slider, and I've been working on improving my fastball," he said.

Ortiz's catcher, Jesus Montero, said Ortiz's confidence and pitchability is already impressive.

"He's throwing pretty good," Montero said. "He's got a very amazing changeup. It's unbelieveable."

The Dominican native said it may not be easy being here without his family, but he said he dreamed of having a baseball career and his hard work paid off.

"I worked really hard for three years," he said. "[I thought to myself], ‘I've got to make it. I have to be there.'"

Ortiz admits he is confident, despite his recent rough patch, but he just smiles at the thought of his ability to be a big league prospect.

"I'm trying very hard to be there and be the best all the time, working every single day over here."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Last year at the beginning of the season, I had up to nine saves,\" Jonathan Ortiz said with the help of a translator. \"This year, I wasn't that lucky.\"
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\r\nHe has started this season with seven saves, but he blew his third save of the season on Saturday night after blowing just five all of last year. He has made thirteen appearances so far and allowed ten earned runs, two home runs and twenty hits.
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\r\nHe had 33 saves last season, the most in the Yankee farm system. He also led the organization in most strikeouts per nine innings posting 12.6 strikeouts. The 23-year old throws a fastball in the low 90's and is working on his command on the mound.
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\r\n\"He does some mechanical things,\" Tampa Yankee pitching coach Greg Pavlick said. \"He drops his arm and gets under the ball a little bit, and we just want to make sure he keeps his elbow up a little bit so he gets an angle on his pitches and makes the changeup dive and can locate the fastball down.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe closer's best pitch is the changeup, but he is working on his pitchability across the board.
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\r\n\"I've been working on my slider, and I've been working on improving my fastball,\" he said.
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\r\nOrtiz's catcher, Jesus Montero, said Ortiz's confidence and pitchability is already impressive.
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\r\n\"He's throwing pretty good,\" Montero said. \"He's got a very amazing changeup. It's unbelieveable.\"
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\r\nThe Dominican native said it may not be easy being here without his family, but he said he dreamed of having a baseball career and his hard work paid off.
\r\n
\r\n\"I worked really hard for three years,\" he said. \"[I thought to myself], ‘I've got to make it. I have to be there.'\"
\r\n
\r\nOrtiz admits he is confident, despite his recent rough patch, but he just smiles at the thought of his ability to be a big league prospect.
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\r\n\"I'm trying very hard to be there and be the best all the time, working every single day over here.\"
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