ARGENIS DIAZ
SS, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pronunciation: Ar-hen-iss
Age: 23
Born: February 12, 1987
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 155
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, Boston Red Sox, 7/22/2003
How Acquired: Trade (for Adam LaRoche)
Agent: N/A
ETA: 2011

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2010 Top 50 Prospects: #34, Argenis Diaz

SCOUTING REPORT
Diaz is a small infielder, at 5′ 11″, 155 lbs. His main strength is his defense, with plus hands, instincts, range, and arm strength. Despite the small size, he’s not fast or a threat on the basepaths. He also lacks plate patience, with a 20.6 percent strikeout rate and a 6.2 percent walk rate between AA and AAA this year. Diaz is only 22 years old, turning 23 in February, so he has some time to develop hitting skills. That time is limited, as he’s currently a member of the 40-man roster, and has to be in the majors by 2012, at which point he would be 25 years old. Diaz has a career .268/.331/.346 line in his minor league career. If he can work to being able to hit near that level in the majors, he could be a serviceable option at short, mostly because of his defense.

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CONTRACT INFORMATION
2010: Minor League Contract
2011: League Minimum
2012: League Minimum
2013: League Minimum
2014: Arbitration Eligible
2015: Arbitration Eligible
2016: Arbitration Eligible

Other Details:
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PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 5/18/2004
MLB Debut: 4/21/2010
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2017 (est.)
Rule 5 Eligible: Protected
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2007
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2008, 2009, 2010)
MLB Service Time: 0.000

AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS / PROSPECT RANKINGS
AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS
PROSPECT RANKINGS

Baseball America

2008: #12 BOS
2009: #17 BOS

BUCCO Fans.com

2010: #34

TRANSACTIONS
July 22, 2003: Signed as an international free agent by the Boston Red Sox.
November 20, 2007: Contract purchased by the Boston Red Sox.
July 22, 2009: Acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Boston Red Sox along with Hunter Strickland in exchange for Adam LaRoche.