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, making him less than ideal at short, but BA described him as a solid defensive player.  He signed quickly after the draft.  As a pro, he hasn’t been able to sustain the hitting he showed as a college junior and as a result appearsto be an organizational player now.

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.

2014
A:  233/312/281, 288 AB, 14 2B, 26 BB, 44 K, 5-11 SB

The Pirates sent Diaz back to West Virginia as a utility player.  He played second, third and short, and ended up getting a lot of playing time at the latter two positions due to injuries to JaCoby Jones and Wyatt Mathisen.  At the plate, he had almost exactly the same season as the year before.  For the second year in a row, he had an OPS below .500 against LHPs.

Diaz will probably be at Bradenton or West Virginia as a utility player in 2015.

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
2015: 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.