February 12, 1987
International free agent (July 2003)
2009 Prospect Preview
Q&A with Argenis Diaz
Traded to Pittsburgh with
Hunter Strickland for Adam LaRoche (July 2009)
Diaz is an elite defensive shortstop, and if he improves his concentration
on routine plays, he could compete for a gold glove
in the bigs right now. He has plus range, excellent footing, an
impressive glove, and an outstanding arm. Makes
impossible plays in the field. However, he does make a lot of errors
on off-the-mark long throws off of grounders that he has no business
getting to in the first place.
He also really struggles with routine plays on occasion,
almost as if he has a mental block.
That is a definite area in need of improvement. The other key for Diaz is how much he will hit. He's a slap hitter with
below average to average on base ability and without much power, but he's swung the bat
very well during a few prolonged stints here and there. Good bat
speed through the zone. Struggles with advanced off-speed stuff.
Can show lack of plate discipline in stretches. Hits lefties significantly better than righties. Excellent at
laying down bunts. Won't steal a lot of bases.