Yandy Diaz
Yandy Diaz
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Tampa Bay Rays
10-Day IL
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 6/27/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The knock on Diaz coming into 2018 was the total absence of in-game power. He did little to quash that narrative, totaling a mere four homers in 546 plate appearances between Triple-A and the majors, but at least he started to make some adjustments. Diaz shaved nearly six percentage points from his groundball rate at the big-league level (from 59% to 53.5%) while adding more than four percentage points to his flyball rate. His average launch angle was still among the lowest in baseball, but 4.4 degrees is a big improvement over 0, and with that, he was able to tap into some gap power. Over-the-fence power may never come even with further refinement, but Diaz has strong plate skills (15.8 K%, 9.2 BB% last season) and with regular playing time, he could be a nice source of batting average. The question is whether that playing time will come. Following an offseason trade to the Rays, it seems likely. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018. Traded to the Rays in December of 2018.
Lands on IL
3BTampa Bay Rays
Hamstring
June 19, 2019
The Rays placed Diaz (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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Diaz had shown limited improvement in his recovery from a right hamstring injury since he last played Sunday, prompting the Rays to shut him down for at least another week. According to Tolentino, the third baseman will stay with the team to rehab, and the hope is that he'll be ready to return next week in Minnesota after a minimum stay on the shelf. Tampa Bay recalled Daniel Robertson from Triple-A Durham to restore some depth in the infield, but Joey Wendle appears to be the likelier candidate to assume Diaz's spot in the everyday lineup.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
3
18
8
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
17
1
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+36%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .860 197 30 5 24 1 .306 .401 .459
Since 2017vs Right .750 350 46 7 35 2 .272 .340 .410
2019vs Left 1.054 79 12 5 13 1 .348 .430 .623
2019vs Right .777 169 24 6 18 0 .257 .331 .446
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+43%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .872 278 44 8 35 1 .306 .378 .494
Since 2017Away .704 269 32 4 24 2 .262 .346 .359
2019Home 1.020 125 22 7 20 0 .333 .400 .620
2019Away .711 123 14 4 11 1 .239 .325 .385
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 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
0.66
 
BB Rate
10.9%
 
K Rate
16.5%
 
BABIP
.304
 
ISO
.217
 
AVG
.286
 
OBP
.363
 
SLG
.502
 
OPS
.865
 
wOBA
.374
 
Exit Velocity
91.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
43.6%
 
Barrels/PA
7.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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.
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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Nursing hamstring injury
3BTampa Bay Rays
Hamstring
June 18, 2019
Diaz isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Yankees due to a hamstring issue, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Retreats to bench
3BTampa Bay Rays
June 18, 2019
Diaz isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Gets breather
3BTampa Bay Rays
June 17, 2019
Diaz is not in the lineup Monday against the Yankees, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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Smashes 11th homer
3BTampa Bay Rays
June 15, 2019
Diaz went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 5-3 loss to the Angels on Saturday.
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Stays hot in win
3BTampa Bay Rays
June 15, 2019
Diaz went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a double, a walk and two runs in a win over the Angels on Friday.
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