2014 Draft Profile: Chris Diaz

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School: Miami; Class: Junior

Position: LHP; B/T: L/L

Height: 6-0; Weight: 195 pounds

Previously Drafted: N/A

 

Background: How’s this for a productive rotation: Diaz, along with fellow southpaws Andrew Suarez and Bryan Radziewski, have combined to throw 285.2 innings while striking out 259, walking 100, and posting a 2.90 ERA.

For his part Diaz, a 2013 member of the USA National Collegiate Team, has averaged 7.69 K/9 and 3.65 BB/9 this season, which happens to represent a dramatic rise in his strikeout rate and a rather large decline in control. His was, however, nearly unhittable playing for Team USA: 9.1, 1 ER, 11 K, 4 BB.

 

Projection: Diaz’s ceiling falls pretty much right in place with his teammates’ – a better than finesse left-hander who will likely develop into a solid backend arm. The problem, of course, is that Diaz hasn’t missed a whole lot of bats at any point in his collegiate career and the control is merely average with flashes of above-average ability.

 

Ceiling: 1.0-win player

Floor: Replacement Levelto 0.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Draft Projection: Fifth Round

 

Photo Courtesy JC Ridley via hurricanesports.com.

 



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.