Tuesday, June 9, 2015
651st Place - Junior Ortiz
As a kid I always thought Junior Ortiz was the ultimate backup catcher. Solid defense, could hit for average...basically, he wasn't going to embarrass you back there. I also remember thinking how unfair it was that teams with Tony Pena and Brian Harper could also be blessed with a second string catcher as talented as Ortiz.
After coming up through the Pirates' system he moonlighted with the Mets for a couple of seasons. But Pittsburgh got him back during the minor league draft at the end of 1984.
Ortiz picked up a World Series ring as a member of the 1991 Minnesota Twins, even collecting a hit during the series.
This isn't a bad looking card, the batting cage in the background is a nice touch. It looks like one of his teammates just put one over the fence if his far away gaze is to be trusted...