MIGUEL DIAZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 19, 2001
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Diaz signed in the 2017-18 international signing period. He wasn’t a prominent signing.
Diaz pitched in short relief in his debut. Control obviously was an issue.
Still pitching in relief, Diaz made significant progress with his control, although it was still not strong. Opponents batted only .174 against him, with minimal power.
After missing 2020, along with most other minor leaguers, Diaz went back for a third year in the DSL. He continued to improve, allowing opponents a line of only 158/252/218.
Diaz finally got to the FCL, making a dozen appearances in relief. The Pirates frequently used him to take over when the starter needed to come out early. Diaz was probably a bit more effective than his ERA implies, but he had a gopher ball problem. He gave up four home runs, one every three and a half innings.
Diaz is already Rule 5 eligible. He’ll likely be relief depth somewhere at the lower levels.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|March 9, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.