Yandy Diaz
Yandy Diaz
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cleveland Indians
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 26-year-old is a physical specimen with impressive muscle mass on a 6-foot-2 frame. If he ever joins the launch-angle revolution, watch out. He drove the ball into the ground 59 percent of the time with the big-league club last season and had the lowest Average Launch Angle among 387 hitters with at least 100 at-bats. Diaz hit the ball fairly hard (32.8 percent hard contact rate), but without the other piece of the puzzle, the power numbers were non-existent (.064 ISO). He displayed a good approach at the plate, walking 21 times in 179 plate appearances (11.7 percent), as well as decent contact ability (19.6 percent strikeout rate). Those skills along with Jason Kipnis' struggles staying healthy last year give Diaz plenty of appeal in AL-only formats, but he will need to show that he can hit for some power against big-league pitching before he can be justified as a mixed-league starter. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Hits first career homer
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September 4, 2018
Diaz went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, three runs, two RBI, one walk and one strikeout Tuesday against the Royals.
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This was Diaz's first home run in 245 MLB plate appearances. He is now slashing .333/.364/.476 in 66 plate appearances this season. Diaz has started three of the last four games at designated hitter, but with rosters expanded and Josh Donaldson (calf) nearing activation, that playing time pattern is not guaranteed to continue. Diaz has proven for several years in the upper levels that he can hit for average and get on base at a high clip, but he needs to tap into noteworthy power to profile down the defensive spectrum.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .728 118 18 0 11 0 .277 .381 .347
Since 2016vs Right .726 181 22 1 17 2 .287 .348 .378
2018vs Left .725 49 7 0 6 0 .289 .347 .378
2018vs Right .847 71 8 1 9 0 .328 .394 .453
2017vs Left .727 69 11 0 5 0 .268 .406 .321
2017vs Right .648 110 14 0 8 2 .260 .318 .330
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .754 153 22 1 15 1 .285 .359 .394
Since 2016Away .699 146 18 0 13 1 .281 .363 .336
2018Home .765 63 8 1 10 0 .273 .365 .400
2018Away .830 57 7 0 5 0 .352 .386 .444
2017Home .746 90 14 0 5 1 .293 .356 .390
2017Away .605 89 11 0 8 1 .230 .348 .257
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Yandy 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
0.58
 
BB Rate
9.2%
 
K Rate
15.8%
 
BABIP
.371
 
ISO
.110
 
AVG
.312
 
OBP
.375
 
SLG
.422
 
OPS
.797
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
A cannon-armed third baseman signed out of Cuba in 2013, Diaz has raked his way through each level of the Indians' minor league system over the past three seasons. After posting a 144 wRC+ and walking more than he struck out (1.50 BB/K) at Double-A Akron, Diaz was promoted to Triple-A Columbus during the 2016 season. Though his walk rate slipped a bit, his bat stayed hot. In 416 plate appearances, the 25-year-old slashed .325/.399/.461 and posted a robust 11.3 walk rate to go along with his 16.8 percent strikeout rate. Having shown that he's a threat at the plate, Diaz has also been identified as one of the top defensive third basemen in the minor leagues. It shouldn't be too long before he makes his MLB debut with the Indians and he is a player worth keeping an eye in deeper leagues and dynasty formats.
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Serving as primary DH
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August 19, 2018
Diaz will serve as the Indians' designated hitter and bat fourth Sunday against the Orioles.
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Rejoining big-league club
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August 11, 2018
The Indians are calling up Diaz from Triple-A Columbus, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Sent to Columbus
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July 24, 2018
Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.
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Generates impressive season debut
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July 20, 2018
Diaz went 4-for-6 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored Friday against the Rangers.
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To be called up Friday
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July 19, 2018
Diaz will be called up to the majors on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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