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 doesn't focus on his conditioning.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Arm: Average-to-above-average arm strength.
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. Played in
XST and the GCL out of the gate in 2019, but demoted to the DSL
Summation: If everything breaks right, could
develop into an average regular, but odds of reaching that
aren't 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.
Spring Training Video of Danny Diaz (3.22.19)