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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Remains in organization

    Ortiz cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.

    The 24-year-old was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on Tuesday but will remain in the organization after passing through waivers unclaimed. Ortiz has yet to make his big-league debut and had a .239/.321/.419 slash line and 17 home runs in 118 games at Double-A Reading last season.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Designated for assignment

    Ortiz was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Tuesday.

    This move clears out a 40-man roster spot for McKinley Moore, who is joining the Phillies' bullpen Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Ortiz, 24, has flashed decent power in the lower minors and might attract the interest of other organizations as he heads into DFA limbo.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Moves to Triple-A

    Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

    Ortiz spent last season at Double-A Reading and had a .239/.321/.419 slash line with 17 home runs, 60 RBI and nine steals in 118 contests. The 24-year-old was in big-league camp with the Phillies to open spring training but was never a likely bet to skip the Triple-A level and begin 2023 in the majors.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Optioned to minor-league camp

    Ortiz was optioned to minor-league camp Monday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

    Ortiz was added to the 40-man roster in November, but he's not yet knocking on the door of the majors. He'll open the season at Double-A Reading, where he struggled to a .208/.307/.377 line in 21 games last season.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Protected from Rule 5 draft

    Ortiz's contract was selected by the Phillies on Friday.

    Ortiz won't be available for selection in the Rule 5 draft, but he still has some work to do before he earns his major-league debut. He hit a strong .262/.358/.521 in 74 games for High-A Jersey Shore last season but struggled in 21 games after a promotion to Double-A Reading, striking out in 30.7 percent of his plate appearances while slashing .208/.307/.377.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Launches grand slam

    Ortiz went 1-for-1 with a grand slam in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays.

    The homer came against Jake Petricka, a veteran reliever with 231.2 big-league innings to his name. Ortiz possesses big power to go along with his big frame, but he's yet to make enough contact to project as a future major-league regular despite the $4.2 million bonus he signed back in 2015. In both of the last two seasons, spent at Low-A Lakewood and High-A Clearwater, he's struck out over 31 percent of the time while producing a wRC+ no higher than 95.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Delayed by hamstring strain

    Ortiz's start to the season will be delayed as he recovers from a hamstring strain, Matt Gelb of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.

    The issue bugged Ortiz throughout the spring, but he's eventually expected to head to High-A Clearwater. The 20-year-old, who signed with a $4 million bonus back in 2015, stumbled in his first taste of full-season ball last year, hitting .225/.297/.375 with a 32.6 percent strikeout rate for Low-A Lakewood.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Comes off DL on Monday

    Ortiz (shoulder) returned from the 7-day disabled list Monday and went 1-for-4 for Low-A Lakewood in its 2-0 win over Hagerstown.

    Ortiz picked up the start in right field and batted third in his first game with the affiliate since April 23 after a sore shoulder kept him sidelined for nearly a month. The 19-year-old has had a rough go of things in his first taste of full-season ball, as he's sitting on a .164/.250/.246 batting line and has struck out in 26 of his 68 plate appearances (38.2 percent) on the campaign.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Out with sore shoulder

    Ortiz was placed on the disabled list with a sore left (non-throwing) shoulder, The Athletic Philadelphia reports.

    The Phillies will hope that the shoulder issue was the primary reason for Ortiz's poor start to the season, as he's hitting just .158/.250/.246 through his first 16 games for Low-A Lakewood. It's not terribly surprising to see a 19-year-old struggle in a small sample in his first taste of full-season ball, but the extent of those struggles, punctuated by a 39.1 percent strikeout rate, is certainly worrisome.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Slow start at Low-A

    Ortiz is off to a slow start in his first taste of cold-weather baseball for Low-A Lakewood, Philly.com reports.

    Through 15 games, Ortiz is hitting .164/.246/.255 with a 41 percent strikeout rate. The South Atlantic League is tough for hitters, but those numbers don't play anywhere. Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan believes that Ortiz is forcing things and chasing pitches out of the zone, something he didn't struggle with last season. In 47 games for short-season Williamsport last year, Ortiz hit .302/.401/.560, striking out a comparatively low 25.1 percent of the time. Like many young sluggers, Ortiz's ultimate value will be determined by whether or not his hit tool allows him to get to his prodigious power. His slow start this year is a discouraging sign in that regard, but he has plenty of time to get back on track.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Best prospect in farm system?

    Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said he thinks Ortiz has a chance to be better than any of the prospects the Phillies have graduated to the majors this year, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    The list of players that were promoted to the majors includes Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro and J.P. Crawford, all highly regarded prospects in their own right. Ortiz hit .302/.401/.560 with eight home runs and five stolen bases in 159 at-bats for short-season Williamsport this season. The 18-year-old has big-time power potential and should find a place on most Top 10 lists ranking the Phillies' farm system this winter.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Raking for Crosscutters

    Ortiz, 18, is hitting .292/.452/.521 with three home runs and an 11:9 K:BB in 48 at-bats in the New York-Penn League.

    Ortiz has a special power profile for an 18-year-old, as the ball jumps off his bat and he has thus far shown an excellent approach at the plate. He won't be ranked highly on real-life lists anytime soon, as Ortiz's defensive prospects leave a lot to be desired, and he may end up having to move from right field to first base. However, as a potential middle-of-the-order hitter who could climb the organizational ranks fairly quickly, he's worth a flyer in deeper dynasty leagues.

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  • Phillies' Jhailyn Ortiz: Flashing power in GCL

    Ortiz is hitting .289/.396/.622 with four doubles, a triple and three home runs in his first 12 games for the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

    Ortiz was considered one of the better international free agents available last season and was said to have the best raw power in the class. He is striking out a lot already this year, but he won't turn 18-years-old until after the season, so there is plenty of time for him to work on improving his game. He is currently playing right field, but may ultimately move to first base as he matures.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 260 lbs
Birthplace: Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
Age: 25
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R