Tennessee second baseman Jorel Ortega was officially selected in the 2022 Major League Baseball draft. With the 174th overall pick in the sixth round, the Minnesota Twins selected Ortega from the University of Tennessee.
Ortega is the seventh MLB draft selection from Tennessee so far in this year’s draft.
According to Baseball America, Ortega’s sixth-round pick value with the Minnesota Twins is $301,200.
The native of Naranjito, Puerto Rico originally came to Tennessee in 2020 through Spanish River High School in Lake Worth, Florida. Ortega spent his first season on the bench while recovering from off-season surgery before bursting onto the scene in 2021. Ortega played in 13 games during the season and found four starts among them.
In 2022, Jorel Ortega shone as Tennessee’s daily second baseman. Offensively, Ortega finished the season tied for the Tennessee leader in triples (4) and second on the team in hits (76) and doubles (20). The second in the redshirt finished the 2022 season with .323 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs. Defensively, Ortega finished the season with a .959 fielding percentage.
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At the end of the 2022 season, Ortega was named a second-team All-American by Perfect Game.
As previously mentioned, Ortega is the seventh player to be removed from the Tennessee roster (so far) in the 2022 MLB Draft:
- Drew Gilbert, Round 1 pick 28, Houston Astros
- Jordan Beck, penalty round A Pick 38, Colorado Rockies
- Blade Tidwell, Round 2 Pick 52, New York Mets
- Trey Lipscomb, Round 3 Pick 84, Washington Nationals
- Ben Joyce, Round 3 Pick 89, Los Angeles Angels
- Will Mabrey, Round 6 Pick 168, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Jorel Ortega, Round 6 Pick 174, Minnesota Twins
From TN to Twins!
With the 174th pick in the 2022 draft, we selected 2B Jorel Ortega! pic.twitter.com/JwhU2h4LJz
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 18, 2022