Rafael Ortega (outfielder), who drew attention by following the Hanwha Eagles’ official Instagram, wears a New York Mets uniform.
American sports media ‘MLB Trade Rumors’ reported on the 17th (Korean time), “The Mets have signed outfielder Rafael Ortega to a minor league contract.”메이저놀이터
Ortega signed with the New York Yankees this season and participated in spring training, but was not included in the opening roster. Afterwards, he signed with the Texas Rangers and played 44 games at Triple A Round Rock, posting a batting average of .226 (38 hits in 168 at-bats), 5 homers, 26 RBIs and 31 runs.
Ortega, who made his big league debut in 2012, played for the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.
Until last year, he played in 364 games in his career, posting a batting average of 2.5 (256 hits in 1022 at-bats), 21 homers, 101 RBIs and 120 runs. As a member of the Chicago Cubs in 2021, he had a career high season with a batting average of 2.41 (86 hits in 206 bats) and 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 103 games.
Ortega recently became a hot topic by following the official Instagram of the Hanwha club. He was speculated that he would wear a Hanwha uniform as a substitute for foreign hitter Brian O’Grady, but he got an opportunity to extend his active career with the Mets.