Rafael Angel Garcia Ortega.
Spent season with Triple-A El Paso in San Diego's system. ..Tied for Pacific Coast League lead with 26 steals, and was seventh in doubles (31)...Ranked 13th in PCL with .317 batting average, was tied for 14th in on-base percentage (.383), and was 18th in hits (133)...Had career-best 16-game hitting streak from June 3-19, batting .328 (22x67) with 13 runs scored, four doubles, two triples, two home runs, and nine RBI ...Hit .327 (36x110) against left-handed pitching, compared to .314 (97x309) against right-handers...Appeared in 37 games (35 starts) in center field, 34 games (31) in left field, and 32 games (31) in right field... Hit .402 (49x122) when playing left field, compared to .302 (32x106) in right field and .260 (40x154) in center field...Posted sixth career season with double-digit outfield assists (10); had five from center, three from left, and two from right...Finished season with 108 career outfield assists in 10 Minor League seasons (115 including MLB)...Most common spot in batting order was first, where he hit .309 (54x175) in 42 games...Had three 30-hit months: May (31), June (33), and August (33). Turned in season-best monthly average of .371 (33x89) in 26 games in August; had .456 OBP that month.
Appeared in career-high 66 games over three separate stints with Los Angeles-AL in 2016...Had first career home run on May 25 at Texas, a three-run shot off of Shawn Tolleson...Had seven outfield assists (six in left field, one in right field) for Angels; also had 10 while at Triple-A Salt Lake...Hit .324 (12x37) with runners in scoring position... Set his MLB high for hitting streaks with six-game run from April 20-27, batting .450 (9x20).
Played in 131 games with St. Louis' Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, batting .286 (125/437) with 22 doubles, six triples, two home runs and 42 RBIs... Also scored 66 runs and stole 17 bases in 23 attempts... Led the Redbirds in games, hits, total bases (165) and stolen bases. After opening the year batting .192 (10/52) in April (17 G), went on to bat .299 (115/385) over the final five months of the season (113 G). Played all three outfield positions (88 G in CF, 22 G in LF and 16 G in RF), fashioning a .985 fielding percentage... Paced the PCL in outfield assists, throwing out 15 would-be baserunners.
In 2014 with Double-A Springfield, his 16 outfield assists ranked second in the Pacific Coast League... Claimed off waivers by the Cardinals from the Rangers, Jan. 6, 2014.
Played in 42 games for Tulsa (AA), starting 39 in centerfield, before season was cut short due to a leg injury in June... Recorded 10 multi-hit games including four consecutive multi-hit efforts from May 29-June 1... Tallied a season-high four hits vs. Springfield (5/16)... Batted .308 (8-26) with runners in scoring position and .308 with RISP and two outs (4-13)... Scored a run in 19 of 42 games.
Played in 116 total games with all coming at Double-A Modesto except for two...made his Major League debut on 9/30at Los Angeles (NL) going 2-for-3 with a walk and stolen base while starting in center field. While at Modesto, batted .283 (140-for-495) in 114 games with 23 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs, 60 RBI and81 runs scored to go along with 36 stolen bases...led the Nuts in stolen bases and triples, was second in runs scoredand third in doubles and RBI. Went 15-for-44 (.341) in 10 April games and 39-for-122 (.320) in 28 May games...hit .286 (66-for-231) in the first half ofthe season. Led off in 108 of his 112 games at Modesto and played in 111 games in centerfield. In the offseason played for Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan Winter Leagues where he went 24-for-80 (.300)in 41 games.
Made the jump to Low-A Asheville, where he spent the entire season as the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Tourists...set career highs in games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs and RBIs...was second on the Tourists with a .294 batting average, a mark that was also ninth-best in the South Atlantic League...led Asheville and tied for third in the SAL in triples and also led the Tourists with his 32 stolen bases and 141 hits...after the first month of the season, his average never dropped below .250.
Spent his first season in the States with Rookie Level Casper, where he was named a Pioneer League Mid- and Postseason All-Star...led the Ghosts in average, games, at-bats, runs, hits, stolen bases and starts in the outfield...also led the Rockies system and was fourth in the Pioneer League in average while his 23 stolen bags, 69 runs and 103 hits were second-most in the PL.
Played his entire second professional season with the DSL Rockies as the everyday center fielder...was named to the DSL All-Star team as an outfielder for hitting .324 (83-for-256) with seven doubles, eight triples and 39 stolen bases...his 39 steals were the fourth-most in the DSL, while his .324 average was the seventh-best in the league...played the majority of the season as an 18-year old, and finished with more walks (32) than strikeouts (23)...his .809 OPS was the best on the club.
Spent his first professional season with the DSL Rockies as one of the club's regular outfielders...led the Rockies with 17 stolen bases and 38 runs scored...drew as many walks (20) as he had strikeouts (20)...his 20 walks were the second-most on the club...hit .296 (37-for-125) over the season's final two months.