Luis Ortiz

Luis Ortiz

25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Ortiz entered the 2023 season with considerable hype after a fairly impressive 16-inning sample in his big-league debut, during which he maintained a 24.6 percent strikeout while deploying his 98 mph fastball and 88 mph slider a combined 77 percent of the time. The Pirates weren't convinced he'd be able to maintain consistent success with only two pitches and asked him to focus more on developing a changeup. He ended up throwing the offspeed pitch 14 percent of the time in 2023 and it was fairly effective (.205 slg. against). However, the development of his new pitch seemed to contribute to the erosion of the rest of his arsenal, as he lost velocity and around three percentage points off of his overall swinging strike rate. That led to a significant step back in surface stats as well, and most worrisome is an inflated walk rate that has persisted across the first two seasons of his big-league sample (12.4% in 102.2 innings). For those looking to keep hope alive, the case is that this is the year his three-pitch arsenal comes together, and that last year's growing pains will be worth more sustainable success across the length of his career. That's quite a leap to take at this point, but if he has a strong spring and is able to secure a rotation spot he could re-enter the fantasy conversation. Read Past Outlooks
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Rest of Season
From Preseason
#370
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2024.
Pitches well in no-decision
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 13, 2024
Ortiz did not factor into the decision in Saturday's 6-2 win over the White Sox, allowing one run on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
ANALYSIS
Ortiz tossed five scoreless innings before allowing an RBI single in the sixth. He was pulled just shy of a quality start at 94 pitches and has now yielded a total of two earned runs in his three opportunities to start this season. While it is unclear if the 25-year-old will remain in the rotation after the All-Star break, he has likely earned additional starting opportunities by posting a 2.84 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 57:19 K:BB across 66.2 innings this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
41
Last 10 Games
61
Last 5 Games
75
How many pitches does Luis Ortiz generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Luis Ortiz generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .282 308 52 41 74 15 0 11
Since 2022vs Right .233 436 81 36 91 13 3 6
2024vs Left .223 108 25 12 21 6 0 2
2024vs Right .237 167 32 7 37 6 2 1
2023vs Left .333 177 23 24 50 8 0 8
2023vs Right .253 223 36 24 49 6 1 5
2022vs Left .167 23 4 5 3 1 0 1
2022vs Right .122 46 13 5 5 1 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-32%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-65%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 4.22 1.50 74.2 3 5 0 6.0 4.3 1.1
Since 2022Away 3.80 1.37 94.2 6 4 1 7.9 3.9 0.8
2024Home 3.41 1.20 31.2 1 1 0 7.1 2.8 0.9
2024Away 2.31 1.11 35.0 3 1 1 8.2 2.3 0.0
2023Home 5.17 1.85 38.1 2 3 0 4.2 5.6 1.4
2023Away 4.47 1.57 48.1 3 2 0 7.6 4.5 1.3
2022Home 1.93 0.64 4.2 0 1 0 13.5 3.9 0.0
2022Away 5.56 1.32 11.1 0 1 0 7.9 6.4 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Luis Ortiz compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
7.7
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
95.6 mph
 
ERA
2.84
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.296
 
GB/FB
1.21
 
Left On Base
74.2%
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.8%
 
Spin Rate
2366 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.2%
 
Swinging Strike
10.3%
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Ortiz entered the season as a prospect of note in a deep Pirates system, but he was nowhere near their top-10 and there was never much hype from the fantasy community until he actually pitched in the majors in mid-September. The sturdy 6-foot-2 righty quickly showed that his stuff merited attention, as he sat 98 mph with his high-spin four-seamer while touching 100 mph as a starter and also showed off an 88-mph slider that touched 90 mph. In four starts (16 innings), he only threw his 91-mph changeup 14 times (five percent), so for now he should be considered a two-pitch pitcher. That said, we've seen two-pitch pitchers with this type of fastball/slider combo break out in recent seasons, most notably Spencer Strider. The Pirates have no reason to pull the plug on Ortiz's development as a starter anytime soon, and his success will mainly hinge on his command/control, as he had a rough 14.5 BB% and an elite .136 average against in the majors.
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Productive again in spot start
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 7, 2024
Ortiz did not factor into the decision in Sunday's loss to the Mets. He threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out five.
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Starting Sunday
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 6, 2024
Ortiz will start Sunday's game against the Mets, Alex Stumpf of MLB.com reports.
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Works in relief Tuesday
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 5, 2024
Ortiz struck out four and allowed one run on three hits and no walks over two innings out of the bullpen in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Cardinals.
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Ties career high in Ks
PPittsburgh Pirates
June 26, 2024
Ortiz (4-2) picked up the win in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the Reds, allowing one run on four hits over six innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter.
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Roughed up in bulk role
PPittsburgh Pirates
June 22, 2024
Ortiz didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 10-3 loss to the Rays, coughing up six runs on 10 hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three.
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Outside shot at rotation
PPittsburgh Pirates
February 24, 2023
Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports Ortiz is likely a long shot to open the season in Pittsburgh's starting rotation.
ANALYSIS
The Pirates' top five of Roansy Contreras, Rich Hill, Mitch Keller, Vince Velasquez and JT Brubaker are relatively stable, and the Opening Day rotation is unlikely to change without an injury. Ortiz made his big-league debut with four starts last season and had a 4.50 ERA and 17:10 K:BB across 16 innings, and he's now working on his changeup in order to make him less reliant on a two-pitch arsenal. He'll likely be part of Triple-A Indianapolis' rotation to begin 2023, but a move to the bullpen could also be in store if he fails to establish the changeup.
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