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Devin Ortiz

207 lbs.
Nutley, N.J.
St. Joseph Regional
High School / Club
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• Appeared in 61 of the team’s 63 games and made 60 starts (32 at 1B, 25 at DH, 3 at 3B)
• Batted .270 (60-for-22) with 41 runs, 10 doubles, 8 homers sand 34 RBI
• Forced to start the final 24 games at DH due to an injury after 23-straight starts at first base. Owned the ACC’s third best fielding percentage (.996) among fielders with 200 or more chances
• Ranked eighth in the ACC in at bats (222) and was tied for ninth in the league with 258 total plate appearances
• Was UVA’s best hitter in ACC play, batting .317 (40-for-126), with seven doubles, six home runs and 18 RBI
• Named the Columbia Regional Most Outstanding Player after hitting a walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning of the regional final. He also made his first career start on the mound in the contest, pitching tossed four scoreless innings. He struck out a career-best, six batters and allowed one hit in only his third pitching appearance of the season.
• Put together a 14-game hit streak from March 26-April 18. In that span batted .411 (23-for-56) with three home runs and 13 RBI.
• Hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of the opening game against Louisville on April 16 that eventually led to a 8-7 walk-off victory in the 10th
• Hit three home runs in a four-game stretch beginning with a solo shot against Pitt on March 21, a two-run homer in the series finale against Pitt on March 22 and a solo blast against Miami on March 26
• Helped UVA get out of a bases loaded, no out jam with an incredible assist at home plate in the eighth inning against Florida State on March 7

• Started 17 of the team’s 18 games, all at first base
• Batted .255 (14-for-55) with three doubles and two home runs
• Both of his home runs were grand slams, becoming one of four UVA players to hit two grand slams in the same season
Cleared the bases for the first time against Bucknell on Feb. 21
• His second grand slam came on March 10 against UMass Lowell as part of a 2-for-3 effort at the plate
• Accumulated four multi-hit efforts on the year

Served as the Cavaliers only two-way player of the season
• Made 18 relief appearances and was in the starting lineup five times (4 at DH, 1 at OF)
• Was 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in 35.1 innings pitched
• Didn’t allow a run in his first six appearances of the season (7.0 IP)
• Finished the season without an earned run in his final eight appearances (19.1 IP)
• Earned victories against Georgia Tech (March 15), Old Dominion (April 2), James Madison (April 24) and VCU (April 30)
• Struck out career-high five batters on four different occasions
• Pitched a season-high 4.1 innings in 2-1 victory over James Madison on April 24
• Picked up a three-inning save, the first of his career, in a 6-3 win over Radford on April 16
• Co-led the team with two holds: on April 2 vs. ODU (0.2 IP, 1 ER) & May 17 at Virginia Tech (1.0 IP, 0 ER)
• At the plate batted .421 (8-for-19) with a home run and three RBI
Launched his first career home run, a solo shot, in the second game of a doubleheader against Seton Hall on March 2
• Went 2-for-2 with three runs scored against Norfolk State on April 10
• As a pinch-hitter was 2-for-4 with a run scored
• In the summer was the MVP of the Florida Gulf Coast League playing for the Bradenton Mafia and was crowned the FGCL Home Run Derby Champion

• Played summer ball for the Kalamazoo Growlers – ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the league by
• UVA’s only true two-way player in 2018
• Saw action in 21 games, making 16 starts (6 in LF, 6 in CF, 4 at DH)
• On the mound, made four appearances, all in relief
• Credited with the win on Feb. 27 against VMI
• In his collegiate debut on the hill, pitched a 1-2-3 inning that included a strikeout against EKU on Feb. 24
• At the plate was 10-for-60 with two doubles, a triple and five RBI
• Put together, three two-hit performances in 16 starts
• Went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, run scored and an RBI at Louisville on April 20

• Four-year letterwinner under Mark Cieslak at SJRHH
• 2017 Rawlings/Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American
• Second Team All-North Jersey as a senior
• Earned All-State, All-County, All-League & All-Metro accolades over his four-year career
• Went 19-3 on the mound in four seasons including an 8-0 junior campaign
• At the plate, batted .541 (20-for-37) with five home runs in 2017
• Named the 2016 Bergen County Tournament MVP

• A Philosophy major
• Son of Barbara Mercado and Jose Ortiz Jr.
• Has one sister, Crystal
• His uncle, Daniel Ortiz was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1991 MLB Draft