Rangers Roster & Staff

Hector Ortiz #4

WITH THE RANGERS: Ortiz is in his 11th season in the Texas organization, his second on the big league staff after being named first base coach on October 31, 2014… before he was named to the staff, the former big league catcher has spent extended stints with the major league club while working in the Rangers farm system.

WAY BACK TEXAS: Following his retirement as a player after the 2005 campaign, spent nine seasons as a coach in the Texas system, including years as a manager at Class A Hickory (2009) and the Arizona League (2011)… served final four years as club's minor league catching coordinator (2011-14), also assisting the big league club throughout spring training and the regular season…spent time as manager for the Arizona League Rangers (2011), club that posted circuit's second-best record en route to a playoff appearance…served as manager (2009) and hitting coach (2010) at Hickory after time as hitting coach at Rookie-level Spokane (2006-08)…also managed Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League after the 2012 season.

PLAYING CAREER: Played 18 professional seasons from 1988-2005, a career which included 93 major league games with Kansas City (1998, 2000-01) and Texas (2002), as well as appearances for 14 different minor league clubs…had a .288 average with one homer and 18 RBI in the big leagues, and his lone homer came in Arlington on May 9, 2002 vs. Chicago White Sox (off Todd Ritchie)…had an RBI single in final ML plate appearance on May 15, 2002 at Chicago-White Sox…in 2000, each of his first six career games in which he had hits were all multi-hit contests…first three career hits came on July 22, 2000 at Detroit (G2), including a pair of doubles…was on Royals' Opening Day roster in 2001, when he set career highs in most categories…was career 5-for-6 vs. Hideo Nomo, his most hits against any pitcher.

PERSONAL/AMATEUR: Hector Montanez Ortiz…wife is Elaine…Hector has three children: sons Christian (14) and Logan (1), and daughter Izabelle Rian (12)…played collegiately at Paris (TX) Junior College and Ranger (TX) College, which was his school when selected in the 35th round of the 1988 June draft by Los Angeles Dodgers…attended Luis Hernaiz Verone HS in Canovanas, Puerto Rico.