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    Jorel Ortega

    • Tennessee
    • 2B

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    • Bats: R / Throws: R
    • Age: 21
    • Slot Money: $301,200
    • Signing Money: $250,000

    Scouting Report

    7/23 Update: 

    Ortega's value is tied up mostly in his bat and he had a very solid season for Tennessee in 2022 after not making the team in 2021 and missing the 2020 season after having Tommy John surgery. 

    Ortega put up big numbers (1070 OPS) this season, but not all scouts believe in his bat. The Twins are high on the hitter, who has quick hands and good hand-eye coordination.

    Defensively, Ortega probably fits best at second base but may have the arm to handle third base. 

    The Twins on Ortega:

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    Ortega, 21, hit .323/.398/.672 (76-for-235) with 20 doubles, four triples, 18 home runs, 61 RBI, 25 walks and 57 runs scored in 66 games for the University of Tennessee as a junior in 2022, earning ABCA/Rawlings Southeast All-Region First-Team, Perfect Game All-American Second-Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 First-Team and Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll honors that season. He hit three home runs and recorded five RBI in six NCAA playoff games for the Volunteers and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2022 NCAA Knoxville Regional.

     

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