21-Year-Old Shortstop – Milwaukee Brewers
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Diaz jumped onto top-100 prospect lists following a 2016 campaign in which he posted an .827 OPS as a 20-year-old shortstop and was named the Brewers' minor-league player of the year, but he took a st...
Isan Diaz Contract Information:
Signed in June of 2014 after being selected in the first-year player draft.
Diaz will miss the rest of the 2017 season after fracturing his right hamate bone and undergoing surgery Wednesday, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He's expected to fully recover in six-to-eight weeks.
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Isan Diaz: Minor League Games Played By Position
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Milwaukee Brewers Roster
MajorsAguilar, Jesus (1B)
AABetancourt, Javier (SS)
A+Diaz, Isan (SS)
ABelonis, Carlos (OF)
RookieAbreu, Pablo (OF)
Isan Diaz: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Diaz is the perfect example of the kind of player Brewers GM David Stearns has been targeting in his rebuilding efforts. He is far from the perfect prospect -- it's unclear if he'll be able to stick at shortstop, he's only 5-foot-10 and his hit tool is exceptionally raw. But the numbers he put up in short-season ball in 2015 were impeccable - .360/.436/.640 with 13 home runs in just 68 games as a 19-year-old. Diaz was elevated to full-season ball in the Midwest League with the Brewers and continued to rake, as he posted a .264/.358/.469 line in a much more pitcher-friendly league in 2016. His 25.3 percent strikeout rate is concerning, but as a prospect who already has shown solid power and discipline and can play a premium defensive position, there's a lot to dream on with Diaz.
At just 19 years old, Diaz tore up the rookie-level Pioneer League in 2015. He played in 68 games and posted a 1.076 OPS over 312 plate appearances. Diaz also blasted 13 home runs and swiped 12 bases, showing a good combination of power and speed. The youngster improved his strikeout rate as well, from 26.4% in 2014 to 20.8% last year. Continued improvements in this area will only bolster his offensive potential. In the field, Diaz started 63 of his 68 games last year at shortstop, posting a .945 fielding percentage. His other five starts came at second base. If Diaz continues to hit enough to allow his power and speed to play, he will shoot up prospect lists. An offseason trade to Milwaukee put him on the map, so he should no longer be under the radar in dynasty leagues.