Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Victor Diaz Report

Victor Diaz, OF, New York Mets
Drafted 1107th Overall (37th Rd), 2000 Draft, HS, Chicago, IL
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'0", 200 lbs

Diaz is now a full time outfielder. He hits like one and he played second base like one.

Diaz hit .292/.332/.491 in 528 at bats for Norfolk this season and now has a career minor league .310/.358/.486 line in 1715 at bats. We know he makes great contact. Unfortunately, he doesn't combine that with any measure of plate discipline, which makes it unlikely that he'll be a valuable major league starting outfielder. He's only drawn 116 walks in those 1715 at bats, which will make it hard for him to maintain an acceptable on-base percentage in the big leagues.

Even with the bad glove at second and third base, I still think that his history as an infielder could provide a niche for him as a major leaguer. He doesn't have the bat that you'd want from a starting outfielder or the glove that you want from a starting 2B/3B. So the ideal role for him in my eyes is as a utility player bouncing around serving as a pinch hitter, 4th (or platoon) outfielder, and backup infielder.

ETA: 2005
3 Stars



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