Ryan Ortiz Selected By Oakland In Sixth Round Of MLB Draft
June 10, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Oregon State junior catcher Ryan Ortiz has been selected by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.
Ortiz is Oregon State's first selection in the 2009 draft and ensures the Beavers will have at least one player selected in every year dating back to 1993.
Through 2009, his junior campaign, Ortiz was batting .348 in 115 career games, 103 of which have been starts. He has been a Pacific-10 Conference First-Team member each of the last two seasons; he is one of just five players in the league to earn that distinction.
In 2009, Ortiz batted .352 with five home runs and 17 doubles. He drove in 45 while accumulating 39 walks. For the second straight season, he had a 10-game hit streak. His 2009 campaign came a year after an outstanding freshman season in which he hit .351 with 16 doubles, five home runs and 55 RBI, which ranks 10th-best in Oregon State single-season history.
Ortiz came to Oregon State from San Diego's St. Augustine High School. After being undrafted out of high school, he appeared in seven games, all in reserve, as a freshman, learning behind former Oregon State catcher Mitch Canham.
In addition to his on the field exploits, Ortiz has also excelled in the classroom. In 2008, after his sophomore year, he earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention honors. In 2009, he earned a second team selection.
Ortiz is the first Oregon State player selected by Oakland sine Mike Gorman in the 21st round of the 1982 draft.
Make sure to stay tuned to osubeavers.com to find out where further Oregon State players are selected in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
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