Dayan Diaz

Position: RHP
Born: 2/10/1989
Height: 5'10
Weight: 195
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent November 25, 2015 (CIN). Originally signed as an international free agent (Colombia) on October 5, 2005 (HOU).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 12 games for Louisville (Triple-A), striking out seven and walking four while allowing 13 hits in 14.1 IP.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Louisville May 22 when RHPs A.J. Morris and Josh Smith were brought up and RHPs Jumbo Diaz and Keyvius Sampson were sent down and RHP Steve Delabar was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 5/22/2016

Debut Details
May 22, in a 5-4 loss to the Mariners. The second of four pitchers, he tossed one inning of one-hit shutout ball, needing only 14 pitchers, eight of them strikes, to retire the side. After opposing pitcher Wade Miley grounded out, Leonys Martin singled to right field but was erased when Norichika Aoki grounded into a 3-6-4 double play.

Player Notes
Diaz came so close to making his debut earlier this season, battling it out for the last bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee right down to the wire before being reassigned to camp in late March. Now with his fourth organization in 10 pro seasons, he had yet to make his big league debut despite a sparkling 2.04 career ERA with 347 strikeouts and just 251 hits allowed in 344 innings. In 2015, he posted a combined 2.23 ERA in 37 games between Portland (Double-A/Red Sox) and Pawtucket (Triple-A/Red Sox) in 2015, striking out 66 batters and walking 30 while allowing 52 hits in 72.2 IP. Though he missed all but two games from 2009-2010 following Tommy John surgery, he has clearly been very effective when healthy. Signed out of his native Colombia by the Astros, he pitched in Venezuela his first three pro seasons before coming stateside. In 2011 he posted a 1.98 ERA in 19 games at Tri-City (Short-Season A) and then went 5-4 with a 1.85 ERA in 41 games at Lexington (Class A) in 2012, collecting 19 saves and fanning 64 batters in 58.1 IP before becoming a minor league free agent at the end of the season. He was signed by the Cubs, with whom he spent the 2013 campaign, before latching on with the Red Sox that winter and remaining with them until regaining his free agency this past November.