Danny Diaz XST  |  Third Base

     
 

Age: 18
Born: January 2, 2001
El Tigre, Venezuela
Height: 6-1
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International
free agent (July 2017)

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Spring Training Video of Danny Diaz (3.22.19)

 

Physical Description: Soft body. Underwent a massive growth spurt in his first season after signing and is much bigger than listed. Looks 6-foot-4, 235-ish pounds now. Will need to watch body, as it could get away from him if he doesnít focus on his conditioning.

Hit: Starts slightly open and utilizes a leg kick timing device. Likes to get extended. High, one-handed finish in swing. Swing is a little long, but he has good strike zone awareness for his age and some bat control. Good plate coverage, makes hard contact. Continues to look more comfortable at the plate as he continues to get reps against professional pitching. Will always have swing-and-miss in his game. Potential average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Power is primarily to the pull side. Naturally strong, ball jumps off his bat. 6 home runs in just 105 DSL at-bats was most prodigious power output of a Red Sox player at that level in some time.

Arm: Average-to-above-average arm strength.

Field: Surprisingly agile for his size at third base. Wonít ever be a standout defender, but could become solid enough. Has the chance to stick at third base long-term if he can keep his body under control and maintain his athleticism. Hands and footwork need work. Potential average defender. Did see some time at first base during the 2018 Fall Instructional League, but that could have been in large part to spread game reps at third base while keeping him in the lineup.

Run: Below-average speed. Not going to be a part of his game and could continue to get slower as he gets older given how much he has already grown.

Career Notes: Signed as a shortstop, moved to third base immediately after signing. Underwent surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand in July 2018. Participated in the 2018 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: If everything breaks right, could develop into an average regular, but odds of reaching that arenít great. Has intriguing raw tools, but has a long way to go developmentally and a wide gap between what he is and what he could be. Needs to make significant improvement both at the plate and in the field. Unlikely to be anything better than an average defender, which will put a lot of pressure on his bat to develop. Currently profiles as power-over-hit at the plate.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in regular season game action.
 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2018 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 26 105 17 25 7 0 6 27 50 5 27 0 3 0.238 0.283 0.476 0.759
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
July 2, 2017 by Eddie Romero & Ernesto Gomez
Signing Bonus: $1,600,000
MiLB Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
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MLB Service Time (through 2018):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
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