They were two of the biggest high school stars in Central Section baseball history.
Luis Ortiz of Sanger High and Jacob Gatewood of Clovis.
Each would be drafted within the first 41 picks of the 2014 MLB Draft.
And now, they’re going to be teammates as professionals.
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Gatewood was officially added Thursday to the Milwaukee Brewers’ Double-A roster and will join forces with Ortiz on the Biloxi Shuckers of the Southern League.
Two Valley stars, selected 11 picks apart, whose high schools are 14 miles apart and who now will play together roughly 2,178 miles from home.
Gatewood, 21, received his long-awaited promotion after 2 1/2 troublesome seasons in the lower levels of the minors and three quarters of a solid 2017 in which he was named a Southern League All-Star.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Gatewood, drafted as a shortstop as the No. 41 overall pick out of Clovis, now plays third and batted .269 with 11 homers and a .779 on-base-plus slugging percentage in 111 games for Class-A Carolina this season.
Oritz, also is 21 but three days older than Gatewood. He was the No. 30 pick by the Texas Rangers, then traded to the Brewers midseason last year.
He is wrapping up his second season spent primarily in Double-A.
In 17 starts for Biloxi, Oritz is 4-5 with a 3.57 ERA and 72 strikeouts to 31 walks in 80 2/3 innings.
At his progression rate, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Ortiz already could’ve been bumped up to the Triple-A club in Colorado Springs.
But he landed on the disabled list June 13 with a hamstring injury and now, in part because off illness, hasn’t pitched again since July 25 when he scattered four hits while allowing one run in seven innings.
Both still rank among the Brewers’ more coveted prospects.
According to the MLB Pipeline prospect ranking, Ortiz is third-best in the organization and projects to be a No. 2 starter in the majors.
Gatewood’s stock has dipped some since he was drafted while drawing comparisons to five-time All Star Troy Tulowitzski.
Still, Gatewood ranks 18th (moving up from 26th going into the season) among Brewers prospects, and club officials believe he’s just starting to show some of his full potential.
He started wearing contact lenses this season, which appear to have helped his offensive production.
Will Ortiz and Gatewood remain teammates beyond the remainder of this season?
Or maybe even reach the majors together?
Their fans in the Valley will continue to monitor their progress.