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Note: This page links to Jorge Cortés, the minor league outfielder from 1998-2008. For the minor league pitcher in 2003 also known as Jorge Cortez, click here.

Jorge Luis Cortés

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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Outfielder Jorge Cortés was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an undrafted free agent in 1997. Playing for Montalban in the 1998 Venezuelan Summer League, he hit .298/~.448/.468. The next year, he was assigned to the GCL Pirates and had a .301/~.383/.366 season.

In 2000, Jorge began a three-year run with the Williamsport Crosscutters. He batted .202/.289/.335 the first year, then .254/.329/.386 the next and finally .328/.426/.427 in 2002. That season, he also hit .254/.343/.390 for the Hickory Crawdads. Cortés led the New York-Penn League in hits (83) and OBP, was third in batting average and made the NY-P League All-Star team. Still just 21, he was not exactly old by short-season A ball standards.

2003 was Jorge's best year to date as he hit .325/.427/.475 for the Crawdads, had 21 outfield assists on the year and batted .264/.315/.333 in 37 games for the Lynchburg Hillcats. He was second in the South Atlantic League in average (trailing Chaz Lytle, led the league in OBP, made the All-Star team and was named MVP in 2003.

In 2004, Cortés batted .292/.385/.435 in Lynchburg and .288/.344/.489 for the Altoona Curve. He appeared in that year's Futures Game, going 0 for 2 and scoring one run. A year later, his line read .259/.349/.364 only for Altoona.

Let go by Pittsburgh, he was signed by the Houston Astros and began the 2006 season with the Corpus Christi Hooks by going 0 for 19. He bounced back and from May 7 through July 7, reached base in 55 consecutive games (including a 27-game hitting streak, tied for longest in the US-based minors that year) and stood at .313/.383/.456 after 93 games before finishing at .293/.366/.427.

In 2007, he joined the Chicago Cubs system. Cortés hit .293/.394/.376 in 112 games for the 2007 Tennessee Smokies and played his first 8 games in AAA, going 2 for 6 with 3 walks and a double for the Iowa Cubs. He finished 7th in the Southern League in OBP. He joined the Navegantes del Magallanes for the winter season and hit .319/.421/.416. He returned to Pittsburgh as a minor league free agent in January of 2008.

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