Danny Diaz DSL Red Sox Third Base

       
 
Age: 19
Born: January 2, 2001
Birthplace: El Tigre, VZ
Height: 6-1
Weight: 170
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (June 2017)
College: -
High School: -
   

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Eddie Romero & Ernesto Gomez
Signing Bonus: $1,600,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
   
Pro Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/20): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @dannydiaz_02

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Soft body. Underwent a massive growth spurt in his first year after signing. Listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds at signing (and in the 2020 Red Sox media guide), now looks 6-foot-4, and was listed on 2020 Spring Training roster at 247 pounds. Will need to watch his body, as it could get away from him if he doesn't 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 and can get over-aggressive. Has some bat speed. Struggles with pitch recognition and lacks feel at the plate. Approach is very raw. Likes to attack fastballs early in the count; unlikely ever to take many walks. Needs more reps against professional pitching. Will always have swing-and-miss in his game. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Power is primarily to the pull side. Naturally strong, ball jumps off his bat. Six home runs in just 105 DSL at-bats was the most prodigious power output of a Red Sox player at that level in some time. Hit tool needs to make significant progress in order for power to actualize in-game outside of the DSL.

Run: Wel 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.

Field: Surprisingly agile for his size at third base. Won't 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. Saw time at first base during the 2018 Fall Instructional League, but appears to have been in large part to spread game reps among multiple third basemen, as he returned to playing third base almost exclusively in 2019.
  Arm: Above-average arm strength.

Career Notes: Signed as a shortstop and moved to third base immediately after signing. Had surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand in July 2018. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018 and 2019. Was demoted from the GCL to the DSL in August 2019.

Summation: If everything breaks right, could develop into a bench bat, but odds of reaching the majors are not great. Has some 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. Needs to work on maintaining his body after prodigious growth spurt that occurred after signing.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in regular season game action.

Links
Spring Training Video of Danny Diaz (3.22.19)
Scouting Report Update (4.14.2020)
State of the System: Corner Infielders (4.22.20)
 
   
     
    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
2019 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 18 12 38 3 12 4 0 1 2 19 2 7 1 0 0.316 0.395 0.500 0.895
2019 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 26 105 15 22 11 0 1 12 36 5 30 0 0 0.210 0.257 0.343 0.599
  2020 MiLB Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
     
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  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
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