|Born: March 21, 1990
Signed: International Free Agent, 2006 (Phillies)
How Acquired: Rule 5 Draft, Minor League Phase
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|The Pirates selected Diaz from the Phillies in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. He’s still young, only 21 when they selected him, and doesn’t have a lot of pro experience yet. He hasn’t shown much with the bat and has yet to hit a professional HR, for one thing, although his eye at the plate appears to be good. He also seems to have a good arm, as he’s thrown out 40% of opposing base stealers. He showed good defensive skills in camp in 2012.
Diaz hit very little in his VSL debut, with no power or walks.
Had a much better season, due in part to dramatic improvement in his plate discipline. He threw out 55% and had only two passed balls in 37 games.
Diaz got only limited playing time in the GCL, as he divided time with two other catchers. He didn’t hit when he played.
Diaz returned to rookie ball and hit a lot better, although still with no power. He threw out 41% and again had only two passed balls, but he still played less than half the time.
Did about half the catching in the NYPL and struggled at the plate, except that the good walk and K rates continued.
Diaz opened 2012 as the backup catcher at Bradenton, but he moved down to West Virginia once Kawika Emsley-Pai recovered from a wrist problem. He hit surprisingly well with the Power, but the backup catcher/small sample size caveat applies. It did get him more playing time, though; after he hit .423 in July, he roughly shared the catching job with the struggling Elias Diaz. While with West Virginia he threw out 21% of base runners.
Diaz will open 2013 at West Virginia, backing up Wyatt Mathisen.
|2013: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2007
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2013
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2006: Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an international free agent.
December 8, 2011: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.