Derek Diamond

Age (Draft Day): 18.04
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6'3''
Weight: 185
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Entry Point: High School
School/Location: Ramona, Ramona, CA
Spotlight Report Info
Report Date: August 29th, 2018
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Draft Spotlight

Diamond took the hill for the SoCal Brewers Area Code team early in the week before starting the PG All-American Classic for the West club. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, there’s significant room to add muscle throughout an athletic frame. He pitches from a loose full-windup, breaking his hands overhead before a tall, balanced leg kick. Diamond shows polished mechanics and pitching IQ for his age, things that allow projection on what’s already advanced control and command. He touched the 92-to-93 mph range with his fastball maxing out during a one-inning stint in the All-American Classic, though the heater settles into the high-80s as he works deeper into games. There’s consistent armside run both high and low in the zone, showing downhill angle at the knees or late ride when elevated. Diamond’s primary off-speed is a shapely 74-to-78 mph curveball with consistent depth. He throws strikes well with his curve and occasionally takes something off it, mixing a loopier lollipop variant to freeze hitters. Both his fastball and curve show the potential to be 50 or 55-grade pitches in time.

Diamond impressed this summer on the circuit, and his mix of projection and polish has scouts in Southern California excited. A two-sport athlete (also a quarterback) who is committed to Stanford, a team will likely need to take him early in the draft to get a deal done. Diamond could pitch himself into that discussion however, especially if he comes out of the gates this spring showing more ability to hold his stuff into games.