Yandy Diaz
Yandy Diaz
27-Year-Old DHDH
Tampa Bay Rays
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.
Productive night at plate
DHTampa Bay Rays
April 17, 2019
Diaz went 1-for-2 with an RBI on a sacrifice foul ball, a walk and a run in a win over the Orioles on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
After a hot start to the season, Diaz's bat has cooled off considerably. The 27-year-old is just 2-for-16 over the last five games, but his sharp eye at the plate has helped keep him on the bases (six walks over that span). Diaz sports an impressive .373 on-base percentage over his first 67 plate appearances, a figure that could be mostly sustained over the long term if his body of work in past various minor- and major-league stops is any indication.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#9
1
5
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .739 136 21 1 12 1 .270 .382 .357
Since 2017vs Right .776 234 31 4 24 2 .287 .355 .421
2019vs Left .817 18 3 1 1 1 .214 .389 .429
2019vs Right .955 53 9 3 7 0 .289 .377 .578
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
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+73%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .828 186 29 3 19 1 .299 .376 .451
Since 2017Away .697 184 23 2 17 2 .263 .353 .344
2019Home 1.195 33 7 2 4 0 .370 .455 .741
2019Away .691 38 5 2 4 1 .188 .316 .375
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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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
1.10
 
BB Rate
15.5%
 
K Rate
14.1%
 
BABIP
.261
 
ISO
.271
 
AVG
.271
 
OBP
.380
 
SLG
.542
 
OPS
.923
 
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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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Takes seat Wednesday
DHTampa Bay Rays
April 10, 2019
Diaz is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Homers, steals base in victory
DHTampa Bay Rays
April 7, 2019
Diaz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, a stolen base and a walk in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Giants.
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Leading off Sunday
DHTampa Bay Rays
April 7, 2019
Diaz will start at first base and lead off in Sunday's game against the Giants, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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Hits two-run bomb
DHTampa Bay Rays
April 5, 2019
Diaz went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 5-2 victory over the Giants on Friday.
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Back in action
DHTampa Bay Rays
April 5, 2019
Diaz (ankle) is back in the lineup Friday against the Giants.
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