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2019 4th round pick (108): Joseph Ortiz - SS - (JR) New Mexico State

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Can play short. Plus defender. Enough arm to stay. Excellent contact skills. Maybe some sneaky pop. May outplay his tools. Per Callis. Age 20. 

Goes by "Joey"

https://kfoxtv.com/sports/local-sports/stellar-season-sees-ortiz-become-highest-aggie-to-be-drafted

Batting Statistics

Year Team POS AVG OBP SLG OPS GP AB R H 2B 3b HR RBI HP BB SO SB CS
2017     .306 .355 .387 .742 55 222 48 68 10 4 0 35 3 17 24 10 4
2018     .289 .368 .426 .794 60 235 58 68 3 4 7 54 6 24 25 13 2
2019 NMSU INF .422 .474 .697 1.171 55 251 85 106 25 10 8 84 9 21 26 12 4

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https://nmstatesports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5434

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True defensive shortstop, the question is whether the bat plays, per Callis and company. Don't trust those numbers in NMSU, some wild elevation out there.

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From MLB Pipeline

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Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45

A year ago, right-hander Kyle Bradish set a New Mexico State record by being the first player from the program to be drafted in the fourth round. This year, Ortiz is the top Aggies player on Draft boards with the chance to be the first position player from the school to go in the top five rounds since the Nationals took outfielder Daniel Johnson in the fifth back in 2016.

Ortiz's best quality is his ability to stay at shortstop long-term. He has really good hands and first-step quickness to go along with enough arm to stick at the premium position. The right-handed hitter has a solid approach at the plate with very good bat-to-ball skills that have allowed him to hit over .400 this spring. He should be able to hit for average at the next level, though the power he has shown is a bit of a hitter-friendly environment and conference mirage.

A bit undersized, Ortiz isn't a sexy pick in terms of loud tools. But his high marks for work ethic and leadership skills to go along with his defensive chops and contact skills should give him a shot to go at some point on Day 2 of the Draft.

 

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A year ago, right-hander Kyle Bradish set a New Mexico State record by being the first player from the program to be drafted in the fourth round. This year, Ortiz is the top Aggies player on Draft boards with the chance to be the first position player from the school to go in the top five rounds since the Nationals took outfielder Daniel Johnson in the fifth back in 2016. Ortiz's best quality is his ability to stay at shortstop long-term. He has really good hands and first-step quickness to go along with enough arm to stick at the premium position. The right-handed hitter has a solid approach at the plate with very good bat-to-ball skills that have allowed him to hit over .400 this spring. He should be able to hit for average at the next level, though the power he has shown is a bit of a hitter-friendly environment and conference mirage. A bit undersized, Ortiz isn't a sexy pick in terms of loud tools. But his high marks for work ethic and leadership skills to go along with his defensive chops and contact skills should give him a shot to go at some point on Day 2 of the Draft.

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I have to believe that Elias et al believe they can make tweaks to guys approaches to make them more productive hitters. Not just with this kid. With all of them. If he can take guys with defensive value and get offensive value out of them, he has a major leaguer. 

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I wonder if the college emphasis is in part due to our entire operation not being up and running.  Perhaps they are more comfortable with the read they have on college guys. 

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