CHRISTOPHER DIAZ
SHORTSTOP
Born: November 9, 1990
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 11th Round, 346th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
College: North Carolina State
Agent: Sosnick Cobbe Sports

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Diaz had a strong junior season, which got him ranked by Baseball America as the 430th best prospect in the draft.  His build is stocky and he doesn’t have a lot of speed, so he may not stick at short, but BA describes him as a solid defensive player.  If he can sustain his improved hitting, he could move up as a secondbaseman or utility player.  He signed quickly after the draft.

2012
A-:  222/287/280, 239 AB, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 19 BB, 58 K, 9-15 SB

Diaz was the regular at short for State College after he signed.  He mostly struggled at the plate, although he did improve over time.  His OPS was .406 in July, .642 in August and .876 in five September games.

2013
R:  240/321/400, 25 AB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-1 SB
A:  239/315/303, 109 AB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 BB, 9 K, 0-2 SB

Diaz was hurt at the start of the season and stayed in extended spring training until going on a rehab assignment to the GCL in June.  The Pirates moved him up to West Virginia in early July and he played semi-regularly after that.  His time was divided between second, third and short.  He seldom struck out and had a decent walk rate, but he didn’t hit the ball with much authority.

Diaz didn’t get much chance in 2013 to make progress.  The Pirates will send him to West Virginia in 2014.  With JaCoby Jones and Erich Weiss starting there in the middle infield, Diaz figures to be a utility player.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2010 .309 .420 .382 68 2 0 1 9 16 1 0
2011 .306 .381 .407 216 12 2 2 23 43 6 3
2012 .356 .394 .482 253 25 2 1 18 35 8 3
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2012: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round, 346th overall pick; signed on June 18.