ALTOONA, Pa. - When the Pirates pushed Luis Ortiz all the way from Single-A Bradenton in 2021 to Double-A Altoona this season, that spoke to how high they were on the righty. Ortiz was coming off a very successful season where he struck out 113 batters in 87.1 innings last year, and was rewarded with a promotion all the way up to pitch among some of the better pitching prospects in the system.
Now that he’s in Altoona, you can see why the Pirates were excited about him, and that it wasn’t just a case of a 22-year-old pitcher playing in Single-A.
“He’s been really fun to have around,” Altoona pitching coach Drew Benes told Pirates Prospects. “He’s been really fun to work with. He’s been really fun to watch compete. He’s learning and growing like crazy. He just keeps getting better. He...
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