Rangers Roster & Staff

Hector Ortiz #4

WITH THE RANGERS: Ortiz is in his 14th season in the Texas organization, and he joins Tony Beasley as the longest-tenured members of the major league coaching staff (both entering 5th season)…his addition to new manager Chris Woodward's coaching staff was announced on November 14, 2018…in 2019, will return to a first base coaching role he held for three seasons from 2015-17 before spending the 2018 campaign as club's bullpen coach…before he was officially named to the staff, the former big league catcher 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 Hickory (2009) and the Arizona League Rangers (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 Low-A Hickory after time as hitting coach at Rookie-level Spokane (2006-08)… also managed Ponce Leones in the Puerto Rican Winter League after the 2012 season and in 2014 served as bench coach for the Caguas Criollos in his native country. 

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 MLB, and his lone homer came in Arlington on 5/9/02 vs. Chicago-AL (off Todd Ritchie)… had an RBI single in final ML plate appearance on 5/15/02 at Chicago-AL…in 2000, each of his first 6 career games in which he had hits were all multi-hit contests…first 3 career hits came on 7/22/00 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 Ortiz…wife is the former Elaine Mortera…Hector has three children: sons Christian (17) and Logan (4), and daughter Izabelle Rian (15)… 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-NL…attended Luis Hernaiz Verone HS in Canovanas, Puerto Rico.