Highly-rated pitching prospect Oliver Ortega joins BayBears

Angels No. 20 prospect was California League Mid-Season All-Star

By Mobile BayBears | August 4, 2019 2:51 PM

JACKSON, Tenn. (August 4, 2019) - The Los Angeles Angels announced Sunday that right-handed pitcher Oliver Ortega is joining the Mobile BayBears from Class A Advanced Inland Empire. He is scheduled to make his first Double-A start on the road Sunday night at the Ballpark at Jackson.


Ortega, 22, was a California League Mid-Season All-Star and pitched a scoreless fifth inning in the contest, hosted by the 66ers. In 21 games, 16 starts, with Inland Empire, he went 4-5 with a 3.34 ERA and struck out 121 batters in 94 1/3 innings pitched.


The Nagua, Dominican Republic native was signed by the Angels as an international free agent on February 10, 2015. Ortega is currently the No. 20 overall prospect and No. 9 pitching prospect in the Angels organization, according to MLB Pipeline.


In corresponding moves, right-handed pitcher Adam Hofacket and infielder Erick Salcedo have been promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake. Right-handed pitcher Dario Beltre has been activated from the 7-day injured list.


The BayBears continue a five-game road series against the Jackson Generals Sunday at 6:05 p.m. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Jackson feed, subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on MobileBayBears.com, the TuneIn app, and the MiLB First Pitch app, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 5:45 p.m.


The BayBears return home next Wednesday and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 2. The new BayBears Pass is available, featuring a general admission ticket to every BayBears game at Hank Aaron Stadium for only $19.97 per month. Partial plans are also available, featuring a 7-game plan and a 12-game option to receive tickets to select fireworks nights. Individual game tickets can be purchased online at MobileBayBears.com or by calling 251-572-BEAR (2327).


About the Mobile BayBears

The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and play their games at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles in 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, the 1998 and 2011 championship squads were named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America. More than 175 former BayBears have reached the Major League level, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton. For more information on the Mobile BayBears and Hank Aaron Stadium, please visit MobileBayBears.com, call (251) 572-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.


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