Isan Díaz

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Isan Díaz
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Díaz with the New Orleans Baby Cakes in 2019
Miami Marlins
Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1996-05-27) May 27, 1996 (age 23)
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Isan Xavier Díaz (born May 27, 1996) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop and second baseman in the Miami Marlins organization.

Early life[edit]

Díaz is originally from Puerto Rico, but his family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts when he was four years old.[1] His father, Raul, played college baseball and instructed Isan as a child.[2]

Díaz attended Springfield Central High School in Springfield. He committed to attend Vanderbilt University to play college baseball for the Vanderbilt Commodores.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected him in the second round, with the 70th overall selection, of the 2014 MLB Draft.[4] Díaz signed with the Diamondbacks rather than enroll at Vanderbilt.[2] They assigned him to the Arizona League Diamondbacks in the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he posted a .187 average with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 49 games.

In 2015, Díaz played for the Missoula Osprey of the Rookie-level Pioneer League.[5] He was named the Diamondbacks' Minor League Player of the Month for July,[6] and Most Valuable Player of the Pioneer League at the end of the season[7] after batting .360 with 13 home runs, 51 RBIs, 12 stolen bases, and a 1.076 OPS in 68 games, MiLB.com named Diaz as the Diamondbacks' Organization All-Star at shortstop.[8]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On January 30, 2016, Díaz was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers along with Chase Anderson, Aaron Hill, and cash considerations for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner.[9] Díaz spent the 2016 season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League, where he hit .264 with a career high 20 home runs and 75 RBIs in 135 games.[10][11] He won the Brewers' organization's Minor League Player of the Year Award.[12] He was also selected to play in the Arizona Fall League.[13]

Díaz spent the 2017 season playing for the Carolina Mudcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League[14] where he struggled, batting only .222 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs in 110 games.[15][16]

Miami Marlins[edit]

On January 25, 2018, the Brewers traded Díaz to the Miami Marlins, along with Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Jordan Yamamoto in exchange for Christian Yelich.[17] MLB.com ranked him as Miami's eighth best prospect going into the 2018 season.[18] Diaz began the season with Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp of the Class AA Southern League[19] and was promoted to the New Orleans Baby Cakes of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in July.[20] In 119 games between the two teams, he slashed .232/.340/.399 with 13 home runs, 56 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases.[21]

The Marlins added Díaz to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[22]

He opened the 2019 season back with New Orleans.[23] Díaz was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Escogen a boricua en el Sorteo de Novatos de la MLB". Primera Hora. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Isan Diaz: O's shortstop sets tone at plate". missoulian.com. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Central's Isan Diaz makes verbal commitment to Vanderbilt baseball". masslive.com. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "Central shortstop Isan Diaz says he'll go pro after being drafted by Arizona Diamondbacks in the MLB draft". masslive.com. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Isan Diaz still swinging hot bat". masslive.com. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  6. ^ NBCMontana. "Diaz's bat continues to scorch Pioneer League". NBCMontana. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "Missoula Osprey shortstop, Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Isan Diaz named Pioneer League MVP - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks prospects Peter O'Brien, Aaron Blair, Isan Diaz, Brandon Drury, Anthony Banda, Daniel Palka among Organization All-Stars - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  9. ^ McCalvy, Adam (January 30, 2016). "Brewers, D-backs strike 5-player deal". MLB.com. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  10. ^ "Brewers prospect Isan Diaz maturing, flourishing". Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  11. ^ Menaker, Elise (June 16, 2016). "Could Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' Isan Diaz eventually be "Robinson Cano 2?"". Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Infielder Isan Diaz, right-hander Brandon Woodruff earn Milwaukee Brewers top Minor League honors - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  13. ^ "Isan Diaz, Milwaukee Brewers prospect, to play in Arizona Fall League". Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  14. ^ "Top MLB Prospects, Scouting Reports, Analysis". Baseballamerica.com. February 26, 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Isan Diaz Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  16. ^ RotoWire Staff (July 25, 2017). "Brewers' Isan Diaz: Stock falling due to struggles at High-A". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Brewers acquire OF Christian Yelich from rebuilding Marlins". ESPN.com. January 25, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "Brinson leads Marlins' revamped Top 30". MLB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  19. ^ https://www.milb.com/milb/news/miami-marlins-prospect-isan-diaz-posts-second-straight-three-hit-game/c-279961098
  20. ^ Frisaro, Joe (May 24, 2018). "Isan Diaz promoted to Triple-A by Marlins". MLB.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  21. ^ "Isan Diaz Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  22. ^ Frisaro, Joe (May 24, 2018). "Marlins add 7 players, fill out 40-man roster". MLB.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  23. ^ RotoWire Staff (March 12, 2019). "Marlins' Isan Diaz: Sent to New Orleans". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  24. ^ Jim Callis (June 28, 2019). "Here are the 2019 Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved June 28, 2019.

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