Yandy Diaz

Yandy Diaz

30-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Tampa Bay Rays
Day-To-Day
Injury Shoulder
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Diaz has been a perpetual conundrum for analysts. How can someone with such massive biceps and a thick chest not drive the ball more consistently? Diaz continued to perplex everyone with a .253/.386/.291 slash line into early June and did not hit his first homer until June 6 at Texas. Diaz then went on to hit .258/.330/.449 the rest of the way with 13 homers while scoring 41 times and driving in 46. He has very disciplined at-bats (95th percentile chase rate), accepts his walks (90th percentile) and can hit the ball hard to all fields. He finally started to show more launch angle as the summer went on, but not enough to state there is more power on the horizon. His contact abilities are useful in a lineup that has plenty of swing-and-miss in it, but he does not exactly have the power profile you want from a fantasy cornerman. He does retain dual eligibility again this season (1B, 3B), which is a nice bonus. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#454
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$Signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Rays in March of 2022.
Out of Sunday's lineup
3BTampa Bay Rays
Shoulder
May 22, 2022
Diaz (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Diaz exited Saturday's contest with a strained left shoulder and will be held out of the lineup for the series finale. It's unclear whether he will require a stint on the injured list, but the team will have Monday's scheduled off day to evaluate him before the 30-year-old misses additional time. Ji-Man Choi will take over at first base while Harold Ramirez bats cleanup as the designated hitter Sunday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .807 300 34 8 31 0 .279 .373 .434
Since 2020vs Right .732 519 62 10 54 1 .263 .374 .358
2022vs Left .809 37 8 2 3 0 .242 .324 .485
2022vs Right .772 103 10 1 7 0 .298 .427 .345
2021vs Left .812 218 24 6 25 0 .288 .367 .445
2021vs Right .690 323 38 7 39 1 .234 .344 .347
2020vs Left .768 45 2 0 3 0 .265 .444 .324
2020vs Right .832 93 14 2 8 0 .325 .419 .413
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+42%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .822 389 41 8 39 0 .288 .411 .411
Since 2020Away .706 430 55 10 46 1 .252 .340 .366
2022Home .930 67 9 2 3 0 .340 .478 .453
2022Away .657 73 9 1 7 0 .234 .329 .328
2021Home .786 264 29 5 33 0 .273 .386 .400
2021Away .697 277 33 8 31 1 .241 .321 .376
2020Home .861 58 3 1 3 0 .304 .448 .413
2020Away .780 80 13 1 8 0 .309 .413 .368
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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 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
1.62
 
BB Rate
15.0%
 
K Rate
9.3%
 
BABIP
.297
 
ISO
.103
 
AVG
.282
 
OBP
.400
 
SLG
.385
 
OPS
.785
 
wOBA
.358
 
Exit Velocity
84.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.8%
 
Barrels/PA
2.7%
 
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To paraphrase the 2004 film Mean Girls, "stop trying to make Yandy Diaz and launch angle happen. It's not going to happen." We are nearly 800 plate appearances into Diaz's career, and he has a career 2 degree average launch angle. His 2020 season was interrupted by a hamstring strain which cost him all September, but he had a -8 degree launch angle on 97 batted balls. A typical Diaz batted ball is something on or close to the ground to the opposite field, yet defenses were reticent to put three infielders to the right of second base. He put the ball where they would not go, and hit .307 and then drew walks to reach a .428 OBP on the year. Diaz can be productive even without the power, but beware of the strain the absence of power puts on your other roster spots in fantasy, and also that he's without a true everyday role on a Rays team with a lot of moving parts.
Diaz finally unlocked some power with Tampa Bay after homering just once in 299 plate appearances over two seasons in Cleveland. Though his launch angle only moved from 4.4 to 5.7 degrees, that was enough for Diaz to raise his flyball rate more than five points above his career mark, allowing him to easily outdo his prior slugging numbers. Diaz didn't see his plate skills diminish due to the new approach, as he maintained strong strikeout (17.6%) and walk (10.2%) rates and ranked in the 82nd percentile of all players in hard-hit percentage. While he met expectations from a skills standpoint, durability was a concern for Diaz, who spent time on the shelf with hand, hamstring and foot injuries. If healthy, Diaz should open 2020 in a regular role at the hot corner, though the Rays' wealth of options could push him into short-side platoon duty if he falls into a prolonged slump at any point.
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.
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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Leaves early with shoulder strain
3BTampa Bay Rays
Shoulder
May 21, 2022
Diaz left Saturday's contest versus the Orioles early with a left shoulder strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
3BTampa Bay Rays
May 15, 2022
Diaz is not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Returns to lineup
3BTampa Bay Rays
May 14, 2022
Diaz (illness) is starting Saturday against the Blue Jays, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Scratched from Friday's lineup
3BTampa Bay Rays
Illness
May 13, 2022
Diaz was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Blue Jays due to an illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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On bench Sunday
3BTampa Bay Rays
May 8, 2022
Diaz is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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