Rafael Ángel Ortega García (born May 15, 1991) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, and Atlanta Braves.
On February 12, 2021, Ortega signed a minor league deal with the Cubs which included an invitation to major-league spring training. Ortega did not make the Cubs opening day roster.
He was however selected to the alternate site roster in South Bend, preceding the start of the delayed Minor League Baseball season. On May 26, 2021, Ortega was selected to the active roster.
In his regular-season Cubs debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ortega went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. On May 29, 2021, Ortega hit both his first home run of the 2021 season and as a Cub against Ryan Hendrix of the Cincinnati Reds.
In the month of July, Ortega hit .368/.419/.500 including a .378/.429/.578 slash-line following the All-Star break. On July 31, 2021, Ortega hit his third home run of the year against Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, the most home runs he’s ever hit in one season.
On August 1, 2021, Ortega continued his hot streak hitting three home runs in one game, tying the club record and becoming just the 43rd Cub to do so. On August 23, 2021, Ortega ended the Cubs franchise-record 13-game home losing streak at Wrigley Field with a walk-off 2-run home run against Daniel Bard of the Colorado Rockies.
On August 25, 2021, Ortega stole home as a part of a double steal with Ian Happ. He became the first Cubs player to steal home since Billy Hamilton did so on September 27, 2020, also part of a double steal.
There are no details about whether he has children or not. He may be may or may not have children. There are also no rumors about his children.