Former East Baseball Star Gets Drafted & Former West Star Wins For Generals
A former VISD state finalist, picked in the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday.
Jonathan Ortega, drafted in the 19th round by the Red Sox. This past season at Texas State, the junior second baseman batted .293 with five homers, 35 RBI’s, 39 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. For the Bobcats, Ortega was an All-Sun Belt Conference second team pick this year for the second straight year. As a junior at East in 2014, he helped lead the Titans to the state championship game, while making the All-State tournament team. Ortega is a former district MVP, two-time first team All-State pick and three time All-State selection. Ortega is the second former Titan to be drafted in the past three years and he told me he will be in Boston by Sunday. “I’ve been getting calls throughout the day. I was just hanging around waiting and I took my off it a little bit. I was going to take a shower and before I got in the shower I thought I’d look at it one more time. I looked down, I was scrolling through the tracker and my named popped up. I just threw my hand in the air. Best feeling in the world.”
Three more former Generals have been drafted.
They were all Generals pitchers two years ago. Tanner Driskill, Lamar pitcher, picked ninth round by the Nationals. Oklahoma pitcher Kyle Tyler, drafted 20th round by the Angels. Dakota Mills from Sam Houston State, a 24th round pick by the A’s. Mills played for the Generals for four years, from 2014 through last year.
Another former VISD baseball star stepped up big for the Generals Tuesday night. In front of a Riverside Stadium crowd of well over 900 fans, Kasey Kalich picked up his first win as a General. Against the Acadiana Cane Cutters, the former West Warrior, getting his first start for the Generals, goes five innings, gives up a run on three hits with five strikeouts. Kalich gets the win, 9-4. After his first season at Blinn, i asked Kasey what it’s like to pitch again in his hometown. “It’s nice to be back home. Being on a field that you’re comfortable with is always nice to pitch on. It’s great to be back in Victoria pitching in front of people that I have been for my whole life.”
Wednesday night, former Warrior now UHV Jaguar pitcher Jonathan Jimenez suffered his first loss as a General, falling 8-0 to the Brazos Valley Bombers in Bryan.