Monday, May 24, 2010
#301) JUNIOR ORTIZ
Junior Ortiz was traded along with Art Ray from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the New York Mets in exchange for Marvell Wynne and Steve Senteney on June 14, 1983. He would make his debut with the club the very next day. Then play consistently as the team's catcher in place of the injured John Stearns. During his first season Junior appeared in 68 games and hit for a .254 batting average. He would lose his starting position to rookie, Mike Fitzgerald during the 1984 season.
The Puerto Rican native was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Rule V Draft on December 3, 1984.
Junior Ortiz signed his card in the set through a private signing held by Tom Orr on May 17, 2010.