Rafael Ortega Garcia (born May 15, 1991) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs. He has played for the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, and Atlanta Braves in the Major League Baseball (MLB).
Ortega signed a minor league agreement with the Cubs on February 12, 2021, which included an invitation to major-league spring training.
Ortega was not included on the Cubs’ opening-day roster. Prior to the start of the postponed Minor League Baseball season, he was named to the alternate site roster in South Bend.
Ortega was added to the active roster on May 26, 2021. Ortega went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in his regular-season Cubs debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ortega hit his first home run of the season and as a Cub against Ryan Hendrix of the Cincinnati Reds on May 29, 2021.
Ortega hit.368/.419/.500 in July, with a slash-line of.378/.429/.578 after the All-Star break.
Ortega hit his third home run of the year on July 31, 2021, against Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, giving him the most home runs in a single season. Ortega maintained his hot streak on August 1, 2021, blasting three home runs in one game, tying the club record and becoming the 43rd Cub to do it.
Ortega hit a walk-off 2-run home run against Daniel Bard of the Colorado Rockies on August 23, 2021, to snap the Cubs’ franchise-record 13-game home losing skid at Wrigley Field.
Ortega stole home as part of a double steal with Ian Happ on August 25, 2021. He became the first Cubs player to steal home since Billy Hamilton accomplished so in a double steal on September 27, 2020.
Ortega hit a grand slam against Lance Lynn of the Chicago White Sox at the Crosstown Classic on August 28, 2021, as part of the Cubs’ 7–0 triumph.
In a career-high 103 games, Ortega batted.291/.360/.463 with 11 home runs, 33 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases in 2021.
Rafael Ortega Salary, Net Worth, Stats, Contract, Wiki
|Net Worth||$3 Million|
|Contract||Rafael Ortega agreed to a one-year, $738,500 contract with the Chicago Cubs, with $738,500 guaranteed and a $738,500 average yearly pay. Ortega will have a base pay of $738,500 in 2022, with a total income of $738,500.|