Luis Ortiz: Focus On ‘Filling Zone’, Force Hitters To Cheat On Fastball

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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We may talk about this Altoona team for years to come.


Could not agree more. The Pirates have Brubaker, Keller, and Contreras as sure things to start 2023, but big question marks after that. Burrows, Bolton, Priester and Ortiz could be ready to compete for those 2 or 3 Rotation spots. All have done very well in 2022.

Nicolas and Mlodzinski cannot be overlooked either, or Omar Cruz as a LHSP. The relievers at AA have also been a special group led by Flowers and Thomas

Spring Training 2023 is going to be very interesting.


Hopefully he can keep getting better.

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