Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System
Aug27

Elias Diaz Emerging as a Top Catching Prospect in the Pirates System

The 2014 season has been a nice breakout campaign for Elias Diaz, which sees him finishing up at Triple-A and emerging as one of the best catching prospects in the system. One of the main reason Diaz has reached this level is that he has seen tremendous progress at the plate over the last two seasons. In 326 at bats with Altoona this season, Diaz hit .328 with an .823 OPS. This included 20 doubles and six home runs. As for the...

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Pirates AFL Roster Includes Glasnow, Kingham, Bell, Sampson, and Diaz
Aug26

Pirates AFL Roster Includes Glasnow, Kingham, Bell, Sampson, and Diaz

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be sending eight players to the Arizona Fall League this off-season, with the eight players playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions will be managed by Jeff Banister. Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, and Nick Kingham headline the list of players who will be playing in the showcase league. The Pirates will be sending their two top healthy pitching prospects in Glasnow and Kingham. Glasnow should start...

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Two Altoona Curve Players Named to Season-Ending All-Star Team
Aug22

Two Altoona Curve Players Named to Season-Ending All-Star Team

The Eastern League has announced their season-ending All-Stars and two Altoona Curve players were named to the team. Catcher Elias Diaz and starting pitcher Adrian Sampson were the selections. Both players had breakout season this year and they were both recently promoted to Indianapolis. Sampson made 24 starts before his promotion. In 148 innings, he had a 2.55 ERA, with a 99:30 K/BB ratio, a .229 BAA, 1.05 WHIP and a 1.20 GO/AO...

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Prospect Watch: Big Night For JaCoby Jones and West Virginia’s Bats
Aug16

Prospect Watch: Big Night For JaCoby Jones and West Virginia’s Bats

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Elias Diaz Promoted to Indianapolis
Aug15

Elias Diaz Promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted catcher Elias Diaz from Altoona to Indianapolis. Ramon Cabrera, who was recently claimed off waivers, replaces Diaz on the Altoona roster. Diaz has a .328/.378/.445 line in 326 at-bats with Altoona this year. Earlier today I wrote about his progression, looking back at the scouting report on him coming into the season. He’s always had the strong defense, but the hitting this year has come...

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