Hometown: Constanza, Dominican Republic Position: OF Age: 16 DOB: 11/18/1998 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6’2″ Weight: 260 lb.
Scouting grades:Hit: 50 | Power: 65 | Run: 35 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50
Jhailyn developed his skills with Baltazar Mesa in Santo Domingo, Baltazar is the brother of former Major Leaguer Jose Mesa.
Ortiz has the most raw power in the entire class, the type of power scouts have not seen from a player his age in years. The teenager puts on a show during batting practice and more importantly, he has shown the ability to hit for power in games. His home runs are legendary, and his line drives into the gaps are just as impressive.
Some scouts have concerns about his overall athleticism and wonder if his large frame will eventually force him to switch positions from the outfield (left field) to first base. Others believe he has the tools to stay in the outfield and he will only get better on defense and as an overall hitter once he signs and is placed into a team’s academy. One thing is certain, the type of power Ortiz has does not come around very often and the team that signs him is getting a player that can not only hit home runs, but can hit them into the upper deck.
The Phillies and Ortiz reach an agreement at $4.0MM