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Yusniel Diaz

Born: 10/07/1996 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 215
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: RF
Smooth, athletics actions, some quick-twitch, explosive wrist and hand strength, quick start-up; projectable frame, should grow into additional strength without compromising agility and athleticism
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 09/05/2016
Dates Seen 11x April-September 2016
Affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2019 Moderate 55 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Deep load, electric wrists, generates torque at trigger, can get flat at launch w/ mild wrap; length into the zone, plus bat speed, shows quality hand-eye; long stride w/ aggressive weight transfer, some balance issues, gets to front side too early on the regular; will stay open, early struggles with inside velo have improved, strength and bat speed to inside-out with authority; extreme aggressiveness has shown signs of toning down, still expands zone up and out against velocity and struggles to track breaking balls, will get caught guessing; above-average hit projection based on plate coverage, wrist strength, and solid bat-to-ball, with demonstrated improvements in the approach
Power 50 50 present raw, projection for another half grade; plus bat speed with mild leverage, present approach significantly limits game utility, works to center and opposite field with line drives; has improved ability to turn on pitches, strength to drive the ball with mild carry; 15-homer power potenial with average or better extra base-hit production
Baserunning/Speed 55 4.24 average on nine clocks, not consistently clean out of the box; fluid running motion, second gear can push plus; raw baserunner, over-aggressive, will lose his coaches, incremental improvement; struggles to time pitchers and release on stolen-base attempts, flashes average future base-stealing skills
Glove 50 Raw defender, incremental improvements, more corner starts as season has progressed; can struggle with early reads and route inefficiencies, will rush and get ahead of plays; easy actions, closing speed to track into gaps and behind, outstanding body control; chance to stick primarily in center, versatility to move around
Arm 50 Above-average arm strength, moderate carry; loose mechanics, will get too quick through delivery, has improved accuracy to the cut, work in progress

Signed out of Cuba for a hefty bonus last fall, Diaz has held his own as one of the youngest regulars in the California League all season. He's a raw player, and while there is in some cases a sizable gap between his present and future grades, his skill set doesn't really have any holes. The approach and swing mechanics are both inconsistent, but he has the skill set to develop into a quality hitter, and he has the frame to grow into more power. He's not a great base-runner at present, but there's above-average or better straight-line speed that plays well in the outfield. There's enough track-and-close skill to leave him primarily in center for now, and he possesses enough arm strength to handle either corner if he doesn't quite get there up the middle.

This is a potential above-average regular if it comes together, one who does a little bit of a lot of different things to help a team win, and does everything pretty well. The skill set is broad enough to where he's a lower-variance prospect despite a longer probable lag time to the majors.

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