Smooth athlete; strength in smaller frame; could add some more strength, but may affect movements at short.
6/22/17 (BP), 6/24/17
Carolina Mudcats (High A, Braves)
Thrown out after he punched catcher in brawl, wears emotions on his sleeve.
50; Major-League Regular
Flashes plus bat speed, whippy swing, quality plate coverage, potential to spray ball with high frequency, susceptible to the strikeout, pulls heads fairly frequently, swing remains long with two strikes, gets underneath pitches too much, swing needs tightening, athleticism leaves lots of room for growth; projects potential average utility.
Plus raw power, drives ball from pole-to-pole, leverage allows for high loft, doesn’t have to sqaure in order to lift, quality hand speed can drive plus velo; contact issues tick tool down to above-average game utility.
Clocked 4.27, can get too aggressive given fringe-average speed, has a bit of burst out of the box, doesn’t hold top speed too long.
Average range, lacks quick twitchiness to make flash plays, too lax at times, projects better at second base.
Average arm strength, questionable whether he can stick at short, doesn’t velo/carry to make quality throws on the move in the gap.
Diaz is the rare middle infielder whose power grades better than his ability to hit for contact. He projects to produce much better power numbers at his likely position of second base than his peers, and he has enough natural hit tools to project average hit utility.. His fielding and speed don’t weigh down his projection enough to keep him from potentially being an above-average major league regular, with his floor sitting just below that.