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Jonathan Ornelas

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Jonathan Ornelas
Name: Jonathan Ornelas
Born: May 26, 2000 in Peoria, Ariz. USA
High School: Kellis HS, Glendale, Ariz.
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 178 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (91st overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2018 (signed for $622,800)
Ornelas made big strides in the offseason, when the righthanded-hitting shortstop added strength and started showcasing the ability to turn on pitches with hard contact. The looming question--which has received varying answers from scouts--is whether Ornelas will be able to stay at shortstop in the future. His plus hands and above-average to plus arm are enough for the position, but his limited range and tick below-average speed may push Ornelas to second or third base. Regardless of where he winds up defensively, Ornelas projects to have enough bat for any infield position. He has an aggressive but short swing with surprising power for his size, and shows the ability to use the whole field. Ornelas has also been clocked in the low 90s from the mound, but it's not likely any team will take him as a pitcher. He is committed to Tennessee, but if he's singable, Ornelas will likely not get past the fourth or fifth round.
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