- Andy Diaz
- Dominican Republic
- 2013 IFA
- Free Agent
- Signing Date
- Rule 5 Year
- Free Agent Yr
- MLB 40-Man
- November 21, 1995
Back in January 2014, the New York Yankees signed outfielder Andy Diaz out of the Dominican Republic. While he has not made it past Short-Season ball yet in his career, the 22-year-old still has shown some good things in his professional career.
In those four years, Diaz has a slash line of .240/.336/.406 with 14 home runs and 99 RBI’s. He has never hit more than five home runs in a particular season, he is s three hits shy of reaching 150 for his career, and he is s two strikeouts shy of 200.
The question going forward in Diaz’s career is will he find the high batting average that he had early on his career. While batting average isn’t valued as high now compared to the past, Diaz has gone from a .274 hitter in his first professional season to a .182 hitter last year.
Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of Diaz’s career so far;
Diaz got the chance to play the full season with the second Dominican Summer League Yankees team and ended up being a midseason All-Star. In 62 games, he had a slash line of .274/.390/.448 with five home runs and 51 RBI’s.
He had 11 more RBI’s than anyone on the team and he was third on the team in hits (66). In June of that year, Diaz had a fantastic month as he hit .369 with three home runs and 24 RBI’s.
In fact, Diaz drove in more than four runs in a game on three different occasions. In terms of hits, his best game that year was on June 5 when he went 4-for-5 against DSL Astros Orange with a triple and four RBI’s.
Despite that success in June, Diaz’s average dropped drastically in July after hitting a mere .202 in 22 games. However, he did have somewhat of a bounce-back month in August when he had 15 RBI’s in 18 games. As for his defense, he played all three outfield positions, but most of those games were at the corners (30 in left field, 22 in right).
While Diaz began 2015 back in the DSL, that didn’t last very long as he got called up the Gulf Coast League West squad after only ten games. In the GCL, he had a slash line of .258/.362/.398 with a pair of home runs and 15 RBI’s.
Out of his 33 hits, 13 of them went for extra-bases, including ten doubles, which was the third most of any player on the squad. But, he was also third in another category and that was strikeouts (41).
Diaz’s best month of that season came in August when he hit .289 with a home run and six RBI’s in 20 games. In the field, he made more of a transition to center field as he made three errors in 25 games at that position.
Two years ago, Diaz made the jump up the Rookie-level to the Appalachian League. Unfortunately, the good offensive numbers from the DSL and GCL didn’t translate over to Pulaski.
In 23 games, Diaz hit only .197 with three doubles, three triples, three home runs, three walks, and 12 RBI’s. He only played seven games in the first two months of the season. Out of those 12 RBI’s, four came in one game when he hit a grand slam on July 12 against Elizabethton.
Last year, Diaz started the season in Pulaski and his offensive struggles continued. He did have a pair of home runs, but he also hit .167 in 21 games and had 30 strikeouts to only eight walks.
On August 8, the outfielder was moved up to Short-Season Staten Island for the final 24 games of the year. While with Staten Island, he hit .195 with two home runs and seven RBI’s. He didn’t show much plate discipline as he struck out 28 times and only walked four times.
Diaz was mainly a center fielder in both Pulaski and Staten Island and only made one error during his time with both affiliates.
This season, expect Diaz to start off in extended spring training before going to Short-Season Staten Island. He hasn’t had the offensive numbers that he once had in the DSL, but he can play all over the outfield and that is a plus. It will be interesting to watch if he can find that offensive game again as he develops as a pro.