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Jonathan Ornelas, fresh off an addition to the 40-man roster, opened 2023 at Triple-A Round Rock in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. Only it wasn't too friendly for Ornelas, who ranked last in the PCL among qualified hitters with a .727 OPS, down 58 points from a promising 2022 season at Double-A Frisco. He's one of a few infield prospects that have nowhere to go at the major-league level. Either Ornelas or Justin Foscue could be used as a trade piece to acquire bullpen help and/or a designated hitter, the Rangers' most pressing needs. Ornelas spent most of his time at shortstop in 2023 but also saw time at second base and center field. Those positions in the majors, too, are locked in for the next few seasons, so working as a backup infielder might be his ticket to the majors if he remains in the organization.

Fantasy Stats

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2024 .000
2023 20.3 2 .143

Fantasy News

  • Rangers' Jonathan Ornelas: Sent to minors

    The Rangers optioned Ornelas to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, Jeff Wilson of reports. Ornelas, 23, appeared in eight games for Texas during the 2023 season, but he wasn't a serious candidate to make the Opening Day roster. The infielder should get the chance to play on a near-everyday basis at Round Rock to begin the campaign.
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  • Rangers' Jonathan Ornelas: Returns to Triple-A

    Ornelas was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. Ornelas collected one hit and struck out four times in seven at-bats since being promoted Sept. 9. He was sent down Monday along with Sam Huff to make room for Josh Jung (thumb) and Adolis Garcia (knee), who were both activated from the 10-day injured list.
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  • Rangers' Jonathan Ornelas: Back in big leagues

    Ornelas was recalled by the Rangers on Saturday. Ornelas got into two games off the bench for the Rangers in August but did not receive a plate appearance. Given that he owns a modest 83 wRC+ in 108 Triple-A games this season, it's unlikely he's been called up for his bat. J.P. Martinez was optioned in a corresponding move.
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  • Rangers' Jonathan Ornelas: Heads back to Triple-A

    Ornelas was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. Ornelas spent a week with Texas, but he did not record even one at-bat, so the Rangers decided to remove him from the roster to open up a spot for the returning Travis Jankowski. Given his ability to play both the infield and outfield, Ornelas figures to garner consideration next time there is an opening on the big-league roster.
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  • Rangers' Jonathan Ornelas: Officially recalled by Rangers

    Ornelas was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. It was reported Sunday that Ornelas would be called up from the minors, and he officially replaced the injured Josh Jung (thumb) on the roster one day later. Ornelas figures to fill some type of super-utility role in his first big-league stint.
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  • Rangers' Jonathan Ornelas: Call-up imminent

    Ornelas will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, Robert Murray of reports. Ornelas spent the start of the 2023 campaign at Round Rock and hit .250 with five homers, 54 runs, 39 RBI and nine stolen bases. He'll presumably serve in a depth role with the major-league club since Josh Jung (thumb) will likely require an IL stint.
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  • Rangers' Jonathan Ornelas: Added to 40-man

    Ornelas was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Tuesday, Jeff Wilson of reports. After slashing .301/.362/.425 with Double-A Frisco in 2022, Ornelas was deemed worthy of a spot on the 40-man roster for Rule 5 protection. Given a bit more time to develop in the minors, the 22-year-old infielder has a good shot at cracking the big leagues.
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