UVA's Ortiz follows strong spring with MVP summer

BRADENTON, Fl. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Devin Ortiz emerged this spring as a key part of the Virginia baseball team's bullpen. He spent this summer putting up video game numbers at the plate.

Ortiz was named the first-ever MVP of the Florida Gulf Coast League this week, after leading the Bradenton Mafia to the wooden-bat college summer league's inaugural championship.

Ortiz hit .542 in 103 plate appearances in 27 games for the Mafia, with a .621 on-base percentage and 1.111 slugging percentage. Ortiz led the six-team league in all three categories, as well as in hits (45), doubles (11), triples (2), and runs scored (26). He finished second in the league in both home runs (3) and RBI (30), while striking out a league-low three times.

Ortiz was also effective on the hill for the Mafia, going 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 20 2/3 innings over eight appearances, including three starts. Ortiz gave up just 16 hits and eight walks, while striking out 29 hitters.

That strong summer came after Ortiz developed into a bigger pitching role through the course of his second year with the Wahoos -- even drawing comparisons to a former UVA first-round pick from coach Brian O'Connor late in the season.

Ortiz finished the spring with a 4-0 record, one save and a team-best 1.78 ERA in 18 relief appearances. He gave up 29 hits and nine walks while striking out 38 hitters in 35 1/3 innings. Ortiz also hit .421 in 19 at-bats for the Wahoos, with one home run and three RBI.



 
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