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St. Louis Cardinals’ Baby Birds: Are we witnessing the decline of Mike O’Neill?

2014 was supposed to be a big year for Mike O’Neill. He was placed on the 40-man roster of the St. Louis Cardinals, making it possible he could get a major league call at some point this season. The problem for O’Neill and other Cardinals’ outfield prospects is they have too much depth. Granted, within the organization you wont hear the phrase “too much depth”, but for...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

James Ramsey and Rafael Ortega homer in a Springfield loss

It was a light schedule on Monday as the organization’s two highest affiliates were the only clubs in action, and both were on the wrong end of the scoreboard. Things looked promising for Memphis as the Redbirds scored quickly in the first, but were then shut down by 41-year-old Brett Tomko. James Ramsey and Rafael Ortega each had a homer in Springfield’s loss. Through a complete...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals claim OF Ortega from Rangers

The St. Louis Cardinals added an outfield prospect to the 40-man roster, claiming 22-year-old Rafael Ortega on waivers from the Texas Rangers. The left-handed hitting Ortega, of Venezuela, was designed for assignment by Texas on Dec. 30. The Rangers had claimed him from the Rockies a month earlier. Colorado signed Ortega as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and he made his major...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Untangling the outfield mess in the St. Louis Cardinals organization

Prior to Monday, the Cardinals were already stacked with outfield prospects in the upper minors. Then came the addition of Rafael Ortega, via the waiver wire from the Texas Rangers. Since the Cardinals claimed Ortega, he must be placed on the 40-man roster and now occupies the 39th spot. This move is interesting to me and brings about more questions than answers. Here is what I have...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers get OF Ortega on waiver claim from Rockies

The Texas Rangers have received outfielder Rafael Ortega on a waiver claim from the Colorado Rockies. Ortega played 42 games for Double-A Tulsa in the Texas League last season before sustaining a hairline fracture on his shin. The left-handed leadoff hitter batted .228 with one homer, 10 RBIs and nine stolen bases. With the move Wednesday, the Rangers have 39 players on their major...
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November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Ortega a lone bright spot in Colorado's 97th loss

Center fielder Rafael Ortega did more than join the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, vaulting from the instructional league to the majors because injuries had thinned the Rockies' bench. Ortega started and batted second against the Dodgers and reached base four times. He had an infield hit in his first at-bat and stole second base. Ortega then walked, bunted for a hit, took a third...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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