Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Cuba) on March 9, 2014 (STL).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|2015 SEASON STATS: Combined to hit .278 with 13 HRs and 52 RBIs in 116 games between Springfield (Double-A) and Memphis (Triple-A).|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Memphis on April 4 when OF Tommy Pham went on the DL.
MLB Debut Date: 4/5/2016
|April 5, in an 11-inning 6-5 loss to the Pirates. The starting shortstop, he batted eighth and went 1-for-3 with a run scored, singling in his first at-bat, and also struck out once. On defense, he started a double play but also made an error in the fifth inning when he bobbled a one-out grounder by Francisco Cervelli while trying to rush a double play.|
|Diaz made his stateside pro debut in 2014 but recurring shoulder woes cut his season short. He was taken off the club’s 40-man roster that summer but re-added in November to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. His timetable to the big leagues may have been a bit rushed when shortstop Jhonny Peralta got hurt, as the Cardinals probably would have liked to have seen him get at least a few more months of seasoning at Triple-A Memphis. During his time in Cuba, he was known more as a contact hitter than a power prospect.|
|2080’s scouting report on Diaz said: “Diaz lacks any standout tools but plays an average shortstop and is ready for the majors now. His ability to play multiple positions also increases his versatility to a club. Diaz profiles as a solid regular that can hold his own up the middle.”|