What a month Jersey Shore’s center fielder Jhailyn Ortiz is having! With three games remaining in July, Ortiz has a slash line of /.306.398/.800. for the month. Half of his 26 hits in July have left the park. Currently, he is on a nine game hitting streak. What more do you want from him. Why is he still at High A?
Hitting .306, slugging .800 for July, one would think that the big power hitter would be headed up the Phillies farm system. Ortiz is still struck at High A for the second straight season.
Last night, we had a chance to watch Ortiz in real time. He did not homer but showed another aspect of his game, for a big man he can run.
Ortiz hit two balls towards the highly regarded Mets future shortstop Ronnie Mauricio of the Brooklyn Cyclones. On a bouncer, he beat his throw to first on a bang, bang play for a base hits. The other hit was a line drive into the 5-6 hole that Mauriciao could not handle. Those two hits impressed me just as much as did his .400 ft. plus home run to center from the night before.
I have found no holes in Ortiz’s game when I have watched him play on MiLB.TV this season. The Phillies are not doing him a favor by keeping him at High A for a second season. He needs to be challenged at a higher level ASAP!
At the very least though, the experts in the Phillies minor league department have played Ortiz in center in four of the last five games. He has the tools to play center If they need an every day center fielder at the MLB level for the future who can hit, hit with power, run, throw and field Ortiz has shown in July he is their guy!
The major league record for home runs in July is 16 by Albert Belle and Mark McGwire. Even if Ortiz does not hit another home run in July, he sure is the Phillies Minor League Position Player of the month. (See the Ortiz swing on his 13th homer of July and 19th of the season below-from Tuesday night.)