Seattle – Amid very little notice, Seattle GM Donald Key called up 22 Year Old First Baseman Guillermo Ortiz last night right before the game. Ortiz was immediately plugged in and went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI batting out of the 6th spot. Key said that Ortiz had been notified earlier that he was getting the call, but that they waited for the late announcement so that the press wouldn’t get a hold of it and heap great amounts of scrutiny on him.
Ortiz was the 10th overall pick last year in the draft, and has skyrocketed thru the Seattle organization, as he is making the jump straight from AA. He started off a little slow this year in AA, but quickly turned it on. In 88 games at AA he was batting .320, with a .405 OBP, .775 SLG, and 1.180 OPS to go along with 45 HR’s, 115 RBI’s and 47 Walks. One troubling statistic is that he also struck out 50 times in 338 AB’s.
He has struggled against Lefties this year and will probably sit against most lefties in the Majors. According to Key he will “hit lower down in the order” so that the pressure is not to great, however, they expect great things from this young lefty slugger.
Key is hoping that this amounts to acquiring an impact bat for the stretch drive, as Chicago has really gotten hot lately and still have B.C. Parent due back from injury.