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 approach to achieve these results, it’s simple.

“My approach is middle-away to the other field,” Diaz said. “It is about pitch selection. I look for a pitch out over the plate, that I can put a good swing on and hit it hard, that’s all.”

Pitch selection and being patient are aspects that Diaz struggled with early in his development, as the numbers and succes...

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