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Enrique Cortés Pes Gallego
- Throws Right
- Height 5' 7", Weight 148 lb.
Enrique helped Spain take a Bronze at the 1987 European Championship. In the 1988 Baseball World Cup, he was 3 for 23 with a walk, a double and five errors. He played second base, shortstop, third base, center field, right field and pitcher in that event. His 5.79 ERA led the Spanish staff. He was with Spain when they Bronze at both the 1989 European Championship and 1991 European Championship.
In the 1991 Intercontinental Cup, Cortés hit .424/.472/.455 with 3 steals, 8 RBI and 9 runs in 9 games, arguably the top hitter for the host nation, producing a better OPS than future minor leaguer Xavier Civit. He fielded .878 at short. He was 6th in the event in average behind two Koreans, two Japanese players and one Mexican.
Enrique was just 1 for 12 in the 1992 Olympics, backing up José Arza at short. His one hit was a key one, though, going 1 for 4 with a run as the #7 hitter in Spain's only Olympic win, a 7-6 upset of Puerto Rico.
The Viladecans native hit .438 in the 1997 European Championship as Spain got another Bronze. In the 1998 Baseball World Cup, he was 2 for 10 while splitting third base with Arza. Cortés was 3 for 10 with two walks in the 1999 European Championship, splitting third with Miguel Erroz.
In the 2001 European Championship, he ended his 15-year international career by hitting only .200/.250/.200 and fielding .828 with 5 errors to six hits.
Still active in the Division Honor in 2004 (the first for which statistics are available online), Enrique hit .231/.299/.289, now primarily a catcher. In '06, Cortés hit .293 to end his career at age 39.