Scott Diamond
Scott Diamond
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Rays in March of 2015.
Elects free agency
PFree Agent  
October 24, 2016
Diamond became a free agent after refusing his minor league assignment, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
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Diamond spent the bulk of 2016 with the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, but he only managed to put up a meager 4.50 ERA in 28 starts for the Bisons. The left-hander does have a considerable amount of major league experience, but he'll likely fill a Quad-A role wherever he lands, considering that he hasn't seen much success in the big leagues since his 2012 campaign with the Twins.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Scott Diamond
Spring Training Job Battles: Final Decisions
March 28, 2014
As teams near their season openers, the final cuts are being made and job battles have been decided. Brian Pelowski takes one last look around the league as spring training comes to an end.
Spring Training Job Battles: Opportunity Knocks
March 14, 2014
The rash of injuries in the Braves' rotation has opened up an unexpected competition this spring.
2014 Twins Preview: Waiting For The Prospects To Arrive
February 24, 2014
Minnesota's minor league system has a bumper crop of talent, including top prospect Byron Buxton, that could soon return the Twins to relevance in the AL Central. But will they arrive in 2014?
Spring Training Job Battles: An Early Look
February 21, 2014
Now that spring training is in full swing, Brian Pelowski looks around the league at jobs that are up for grabs. Can Miguel Sano become the Opening Day starter at third base in Minnesota?
Sunday Lineup Card: Pick Jose On The Last Day
September 28, 2013
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Diamond was a surprise breakout player in 2012 and led Minnesota's rotation, but his low velocity and strikeout rate caught up with him in 2013 and he struggled – putting his spot in the 2014 rotation in jeopardy. Diamond doesn't have great velocity (88.6 mph fastball), but he's had success in the minors with a low walk rate and by keeping the ball on the ground. He had a delayed start to his 2013 season after offseason surgery to remove bone chips in his throwing elbow, but it didn't appear to impact him as initially it looked like he would repeat his 2012 success. He had a 3.03 ERA with a 15:3 K:BB ratio in 29.2 innings through six starts. However, he struggled with a 6.13 ERA and 33:37 K:BB ratio over 101.1 innings the rest of the season. His walk rate increased to 2.5 BB/9 and his groundball rate fell to 46.9%. Both figures are decent, but Diamond's poor velocity needs outstanding control considering his strikeout rate fell to just 3.6 K/9. Diamond will contend for a spot in the rotation this spring, but it's possible he's reached his peak and will just add depth at Triple-A.
Diamond was about the only thing to go right for the Minnesota rotation last season as the former Rule 5 pick had a breakout year and won 12 games with a 3.54 ERA. Diamond has mediocre velocity (89.3 mph average fastball) which results in low strikeout rates (4.7 K/9), but he is good at inducing groundballs (53.4 percent of batted balls) and has sterling control. With a low strikeout rate, he will need to keep the ball on the ground and continue to avoid free passes. He had the lowest walk rate of his career last season, and needs to keep that up to repeat his success. He enters 2013 at the top of Minnesota's rotation.
Even though he struggled at Triple-A last season, Diamond was called up to the majors and had seven starts late in the season when the Minnesota rotation was ravaged with injuries. Even though he has mediocre velocity, he'd been quietly productive in Atlanta's organization, with strong groundball rates (1.77 GB/FB rate in 2010). The Twins acquired him in a trade and he began the season in the Triple-A Rochester rotation, but he had a 5.56 ERA with a lackluster 6.59 K/9IP. He did have good control and a 1.31 GB/FB. He predictably struggled in the majors, with a 5.08 ERA and poor 19:17 K:BB ratio in 39 innings. He'll enter spring training with a shot to win a job in the bullpen, but he more likely adds depth at Triple-A all season. If he gets a chance, there's little in his skill set to entice fantasy owners.
Diamond hasn't had a high profile because he has mediocre velocity, but he's been quietly productive with strong ground-ball rates (1.77 GO/AO rate in 2010). A Rule 5 pick from Atlanta, the Twins later acquired his rights in a trade and he'll begin the season at Triple-A. He could be a factor in middle relief in the majors this summer.
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Fails to make major league impact in 2016
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 12, 2016
Diamond finished up the 2016 International League season with a 9-15 record, 4.50 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 28 starts for Triple-A Buffalo.
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Pitching well for Triple-A Buffalo
PToronto Blue Jays  
July 29, 2016
Diamond is 6-10 with a 3.56 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 65 strikeout over 20 starts (124 innings) for Triple-A Buffalo this season.
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PToronto Blue Jays  
June 14, 2016
Diamond was designated for assignment Tuesday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
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PToronto Blue Jays  
June 14, 2016
Diamond made his debut for the Jays on Monday against the Phillies. He pitched one inning, allowing three runs, two hits and two walks.
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PToronto Blue Jays  
June 13, 2016
Diamond had his contract selected by the Blue Jays on Monday.
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