Outfielder Jhaiyln Ortiz
The Phillies broke the bank in 2015 to sign Jhaiyln Ortiz, giving the then-16 year old four million dollars to sign with the team. They hope he can turn his monster raw power into tangible game power as he develops, making him an impactful hitter in the lineup.
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Last year in the Gulf Coast League, Ortiz managed a meager .231 batting average and 26.9% strikeout rate in 47 games. However, he walked at a high enough rate (8.6%) and had enough extra-base hits (18) to post a decent .758 OPS.
Ortiz’s power was evident as he hit eight home runs, good for third in the Gulf Coast League. Eighteen of his 40 hits went for extra-bases.
Still just 18 years old this season, Ortiz has more than enough time to develop. His power makes him a top-30 team prospect, but how his hit tool develops will be important to watch this season with the CrossCutters.