Rangers Agree to Terms With RHP Luis Ortiz, Club's First Draft Selection

Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Luis (pronounced LOO-iss) Ortiz, the club's first selection (30th overall) in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  He has been assigned to the Arizona League Rangers.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-hander attended Sanger (Calif.) High School, where he was named all-league after his senior season.  He went 5-3 with a 1.04 ERA and 72 strikeouts against just 7 walks in 43.2 innings this year.  He was named World Cup MVP after serving as closer for the gold medal-winning 18-and-under USA Baseball national team, earning a win and 3 saves in 5 appearances for that squad.  Ortiz was rated as the 28th-best prospect by Baseball America prior to the draft, and was listed as the 14th-best right-handed pitcher by that publication.  MLB.com rated him as its 24th-best overall prospect.

Following the agreement with Ortiz, the Rangers have now signed or agreed to terms with 7 of its top 10 picks in this year's draft, including each of the club's first 4 selections.


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