The Cubs announced Monday afternoon the team claimed LHP Joseph Ortiz off waivers from the Texas Rangers. Ortiz was rumored to be in the talks in July 2013 for Matt Garza.
The 24-year old lefty pitched in 13 games for Double-A Frisco last season after a broken foot he suffered when he was hit by a motorcycle in January kept him off the field for a majority of the year.
With the addition of Joseph Ortiz, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
Joe Ortiz is just 5-foot-7 (175 pounds). Ortiz went 0-2 in 2014 in 15 games for the AZL Rangers and Double-A Frisco with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. In 16 innings (13 games) with Double-A Frisco, Ortiz gave up 24 hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Ortiz was 2-1 in 19 appearances out of Round Rock’s pen in 2013 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Ortiz allowed 24 hits in 26 1/3 innings with 29 strikeouts and eight walks.
The Rangers added Joe Ortiz to its 40-man roster in November 2012, the southpaw has one minor league option left.
According to Baseball America, Joe Ortiz has an aggressive approach on the mound and throws a plus slider for strikes. Ortiz features a low-80s breaking ball and a 91-92 mph fastball with quick arm action and arm side run that keeps hitters from sitting on his slider.