Cardinals Claim Rafael Ortega

The Cardinals claimed Rafael Ortega off waivers from the Rangers this afternoon. The funny thing about this is that Ortega has been claimed off waivers by the Rangers when the Rockies dropped him back in November. He did have injuries in 2013 which cut short a lot plate appearances for him. Ortega known for being a speedy centerfielder in the Rockies system was ranked 15th among Rockies prospects. Ortega also has pop in  his bat and has a very strong and accurate throwing arm. Ortega is also a left handed hitter has three 30-steal campaigns under his belt in the minors plus a brief stint on the Rockies roster. He becomes the 39th players on the Cardinals 40 man roster in which another ex Ranger Joey Butler still remains on. I imagine that Ortega will probably be trying out for an outfield position with Memphis.


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