Elias Diaz
Elias Diaz
28-Year-Old CatcherC
Pittsburgh Pirates
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite playing in just 82 games while serving primarily as a backup to Francisco Cervelli, Diaz was a top-20 earner at the catcher position. It was a big improvement on his previous season -- Diaz walked more (7.6%) and shaved nearly five percentage points off his strikeout rate while adding more than 10 percentage points to his hard-hit rate. With that, his power numbers and batting average improved dramatically. Statcast suggests the numbers could have been even better given the quality of his approach and contact. Diaz uses the whole field well (just a 37.7 Pull%), and while there's little in his track record to suggest this level of power is sustainable, catchers typically take longer to develop offensively, so who knows? Cervelli has another year left on his deal and will presumably remain the starter, but Cervelli has dealt with a variety of injuries. Even in a backup role, Diaz has appeal as a low-cost catching option. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Shut down for season
CPittsburgh Pirates
Knee
September 25, 2019
Diaz (knee) has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Diaz has been sidelined since Saturday with a right knee injury and simply won't have enough time to return, leaving Jacob Stallings and Steve Baron to finish out the season as Pittsburgh's primary catchers. Across 101 games with the Pirates this season, Diaz compiled a .241/.296/.307 slash line with two home runs and 28 RBI.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
26
24
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
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4
7
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .755 219 24 4 20 1 .297 .324 .431
Since 2017vs Right .625 590 58 9 61 0 .234 .295 .330
2019vs Left .648 88 6 0 5 0 .268 .307 .341
2019vs Right .586 244 25 2 23 0 .231 .292 .294
2018vs Left .925 84 15 4 9 0 .346 .369 .556
2018vs Right .730 193 18 6 25 0 .257 .326 .404
2017vs Left .646 47 3 0 6 1 .261 .277 .370
2017vs Right .557 153 15 1 13 0 .211 .261 .296
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .615 395 36 5 34 0 .239 .294 .321
Since 2017Away .705 414 46 8 47 1 .264 .312 .393
2019Home .610 167 16 2 17 0 .239 .287 .323
2019Away .595 165 15 0 11 0 .243 .305 .291
2018Home .694 120 12 3 9 0 .257 .342 .352
2018Away .861 157 21 7 25 0 .306 .338 .524
2017Home .538 108 8 0 8 0 .221 .250 .288
2017Away .628 92 10 1 11 1 .226 .283 .345
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Stat Review
How does Elias Diaz compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.41
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
16.9%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.066
 
AVG
.241
 
OBP
.296
 
SLG
.307
 
OPS
.603
 
wOBA
.272
 
Exit Velocity
88.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.5%
 
Barrels/PA
1.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
After appearing for a sip of latte each of the past two seasons, Diaz received extended playing time in 2017 as regular catcher Francisco Cervelli endured an injury-riddled season. Diaz began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis before being recalled May 1. He'd ride the Pitt-Indy shuffle three more times before being called up for good on Aug. 28. Diaz makes good contact, sporting a strikeout rate in the mid-teens throughout his minor-league career, whiffing at a 19 percent clip last season in 200 plate appearances with the Pirates. Unfortunately, with little power and even less speed, Diaz doesn't take advantage of the balls he puts in play, slugging just .314 with a .091 ISO. Considering Diaz's defense is nothing special, his career path looks to be that of a backup receiver. However, with the fragile Cervelli back for the Bucs, Diaz could be pressed into action again in 2018.
Diaz missed a golden opportunity to make an impact in 2016 as he instead made two separate trips to the disabled list. First, he underwent elbow surgery in early May and didn't make his minor league season debut until July 4. He then caught one game in Pittsburgh, throwing out a baserunner in late July, before returning to the minors and later developing a season-ending bacterial infection in his leg. Diaz was a defense-first catcher until 2014, when he hit a combined .312 between Double-A and Triple-A. He doesn't hold a ton of power but he could see significant action in the big leagues in 2017 if Francisco Cervelli once again misses time due to injury.
Diaz was unable to follow up a breakout 2014 (.328/.378/.445) in 2015 (.271/.330/.382), but he did advance from Double-A to Triple-A. The 25-year-old made his major league debut in September as catching insurance but appeared in only two games as a pinch-hitter. His stock dropped a bit and 2013 No. 1 draft pick Reese McGuire looms large in the organization’s long-term plans. Still, Diaz threw out 30 percent of baserunners and offers Pittsburgh a solid potential backup to Francisco Cervelli, depending upon fellow catcher Chris Stewart’s plans.
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Out again Wednesday
CPittsburgh Pirates
Knee
September 25, 2019
Diaz (knee) is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs.
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Sits again Tuesday
CPittsburgh Pirates
Knee
September 24, 2019
Diaz (knee) remains on the bench Tuesday against the Cubs.
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Out Sunday
CPittsburgh Pirates
Knee
September 22, 2019
Diaz (knee) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.
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Diagnosed with knee injury
CPittsburgh Pirates
Knee
September 21, 2019
Diaz exited Saturday's contest early with a right knee injury, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Leaves with injury Saturday
CPittsburgh Pirates
Leg
September 21, 2019
Diaz left Saturday's game with an apparent injury to his right leg.
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