The Baltimore Orioles organization is enduring tragedy as minor league pitcher Luis Ortiz has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was just 20 years old.
Despite appearing in just seven games for the organization, Ortiz was a sign that things had changed in Baltimore. He was a part of their 2019-20 international signing class when the Orioles added 27 players after years of neglecting that area. Ortiz received the second largest bonus of that group, signing for $400,000.
Remembering Baltimore Orioles prospect Luis Ortiz
Ortiz was an impressive prospect, a left handed pitcher with a fastball in the 90s, a plus curve, and a solid change. His command of his arsenal made him a prospect to watch as he went through the system as he could have been someone rise quickly. He cracked the Orioles’ top 30 prospect list ahead of the 2020 season and appeared to have a bright future.
There were flashes of that during his brief time on the mound. Ortiz posted a combined 5.52 ERA and a 1.500 WHiP over his 14.2 innings in the Florida Complex League, striking out 17 batters with six walks. Although his ERA and WHiP may not have impressed, Ortiz threw strikes and showed plenty of potential during his time on the mound.
Unfortunately, he never got to develop further. Ortiz missed the entire 2022 season due to his battle with cancer before finally succumbing to the disease recently. His promising career and life were sadly cut short, leaving behind memories for those he impacted along the way.
Baltimore Orioles prospect Luis Ortiz has passed away due to cancer at 20 years old. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.