{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Cardinals claim outfielder Rafael Ortega from Rangers

|

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today they have made a waiver claim, acquiring outfielder Rafael Ortega, after he was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers on December 30, 2013.

Ortega, a 22-year old native of El Tigre, Venezuela, was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Colorado Rockies in 2008. He played five seasons in the Rockies system before making his Major League debut, a promotion from Single-A Modesto in the California League to Colorado, on Sept. 30, 2012, starting in centerfield and going 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base at Dodger Stadium. He would appear in one more game in 2012 before the season concluded.

The left-handed hitting outfielder played 42 games for the Rockies Double-A affiliate in Tulsa in 2013, batting .228 with a home run, 10 RBI and was 9-for-13 in stolen base attempts before a leg injury in late June ended his season.

Ortega played in 462 career minor league games batting .298 with 26 home runs and 231 RBI while stealing 156 bases.  

He was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers from the Rockies on November 27, 2013, before getting placed on waivers again last Monday.

The Cardinals roster stands at 39 following today's transaction.

 

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español