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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
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