Blake Stevens Ochoa
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 200 lb.
Blake Ochoa played as high as AAA.
Ochoa signed with the Florida Marlins in January 2004. He was 8 for 23 for Universidad de Carabobo that summer. In 2005, he played for the GCL Marlins (.278/.376/.409 in 37 G) and Jupiter Hammerheads (0 for 1). He hit only .211/.274/.293 for Jupiter in 2006, splitting the catching job with Chris Hatcher. In 2007, he played for the Greensboro Grasshoppers (.191/.255/.303 in 33 G) and Carolina Mudcats (1 for 5, BB) then was dealt to the Seattle Mariners for Daniel Santin. The rest of the year, he appeared for the Everett AquaSox (11 for 44, 4 BB, 2 2B, 2 HR, his first career grand slam) and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (9 for 26, 3 2B).
In 2008, Blake batted .251/.335/.366 as a regular at catcher for Wisconsin. That winter, he was 10 for 39 with two doubles, two home runs and two walks for the Bravos de Margarita in his Venezuelan League debut. During '09, he hit .318/.379/.480 in 54 games for the Clinton Lumber Kings and threw out 41% of attempted base-stealers. He was 3 for 7 with a walk and a double that winter for the Bravos.
Ochoa split 2010 between the Lumber Kings (.279/.397/.577, 8 HR in 33 G), High Desert Mavericks (8 for 24, 3 2B, HR, BB) and Tacoma Rainiers (2 for 9, BB). He went 2 for 9 for Margarita in 2010-2011. Out of Organized Baseball, Blake signed with the independent Washington Wild Things and hit a meek .190/.323/.316 in 2011. He moved to Spain's Division de Honor for 2012, hitting .357/.519/.713 with 40 runs, 40 RBI and 10 home runs in 36 games for the Astros Valencia. He was among the league leaders in slugging (3rd), OBP (3rd behind Daniel Martinez and Larry Infante), runs (3rd), RBI (3rd), doubles (11, tied for 6th with Javier José Flores and Kelvin Marianucci), home runs (2nd, 4 behind Infante), total bases (82, 4th, between Richard Montiel and Marianucci) and walks (33, tied for second with Martinez).
Ochoa was on the Spanish national team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. Backing up Adrian Nieto at catcher, he had two at-bats. He ended their 4-2 loss to Israel, pinch-hitting for Jesus Golindano in the bottom of the 9th and grounding out against Josh Zeid to end the game. Against South Africa, he pinch-hit for Rafael Alvarez with two on and none out in the 9th, up 10-3. He cracked a two-run double off Ryan Groves and later scored on a fly from Yunesky Sanchez.