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
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.
Spring Training Video of Danny Diaz (3.22.19)
Scouting Report Update (4.14.2020)
State of the System: Corner Infielders (4.22.20)