May 24, 1994
Hato Mayor, DR
free agent (Dec. 2014)
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Scouting Scratch: Fall Instructs Part One (9.27.16)
Trade Analysis: Scouting the pitching... (12.7.16)
Traded to Chicago (AL) with
Luis Alexander Basabe, Michael Kopech,
and Yoan Moncada for Chris Sale (December
Physical Description: Solid pitcher’s frame, with not
much physical projection left. Looks bigger than listed size.
Mechanics: High three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the
third base side of the rubber, with his hands set at the belt and no
wind-up. Has effort in his delivery, including a head whip.
Fastball: 96-98 mph. Elite velocity, tops out at 100+
mph. Pitch has late life and arm-side run. Type of fastball that will play
at any level if he can harness the pitch and show command and control.
Potential plus-plus offering.
Slider: 91-93 mph.
Inconsistent feel. At its best will show two-plane movement and late, hard
bite. Really improved as the 2016 season went on. Will flash plus in some
outings, but below-average in others. If he can lock in his release point
and find consistenty with the pitch has the makings of a true out pitch at
the big league level.
Changeup: 90-92 mph. Work in progress, but also showed
improvment as the 2016 season went on. Slows arm slightly on pitch and
doesn't have much feel or confidence in it, using it sparingly. Will flash
average-to-better at its best. Participated in 2015 and 2016 Fall
Stuff profiles in a late-inning reliever role, but very far away. Lottery
ticket at this point with an elite fastball, well below-average breaking
ball, and well below-average control. With the premium on late-inning
relievers with velocity, Diaz is an intriguing prospect, especially if he
can take strides with his secondary offerings and become a more complete