Elias Diaz
Elias Diaz
28-Year-Old CatcherC
Pittsburgh Pirates
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
$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Gets nod in finale
CPittsburgh Pirates
September 30, 2018
Diaz will catch and bat cleanup Sunday against the Reds.
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He's 4-for-12 with one homer and four RBI in his last three starts. Diaz also has three hits (including one double) in nine career at-bats against Sunday starter Sal Romano. The catcher is slashing .286/.338/.456 with 10 homers and 34 RBI in 272 plate appearances.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .824 131 18 4 15 1 .315 .336 .488
Since 2016vs Right .644 350 33 7 39 0 .233 .294 .350
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right .000 4 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+28%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .608 232 20 3 18 0 .235 .293 .315
Since 2016Away .776 249 31 8 36 1 .277 .317 .459
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
2016Home .000 4 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.53
 
BB Rate
7.6%
 
K Rate
14.4%
 
BABIP
.302
 
ISO
.167
 
AVG
.286
 
OBP
.339
 
SLG
.452
 
OPS
.792
 
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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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Launches homer vs. Reds
CPittsburgh Pirates
September 28, 2018
Diaz went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's victory over Cincinnati.
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Back in lineup
CPittsburgh Pirates
September 23, 2018
Diaz (hamstring) is back in the lineup Sunday against Milwaukee.
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Nearing return from hamstring issue
CPittsburgh Pirates
Hamstring
September 16, 2018
Diaz (hamstring) caught a bullpen session Saturday and could return to action as soon as this week, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Making progress
CPittsburgh Pirates
Hamstring
September 12, 2018
Diaz (hamstring) has been cleared to resume running and he caught a few bullpen sessions Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Return this season uncertain
CPittsburgh Pirates
Hamstring
September 4, 2018
Manager Clint Hurdle said he didn't know if Diaz (hamstring) would play again this season, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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