Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz with the 30th overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
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, and was listed as the 14th-best right-handed pitcher by that publication. MLB.com rated him as its 24th-best overall prospect. He has committed to Fresno State University.
The Rangers gave up their original first round pick with the signing of free agent Shin-Soo Choo, and were awarded the 30th overall selection as compensation for the Orioles’ signing of free agent Nelson Cruz.
Texas will also have the 59th overall pick in the draft’s second round, which will take place later tonight.