Fans who watched Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp second baseman Isan Diaz knew it would not be long before he was promoted to New Orleans, the Miami Marlins Triple-A affiliate.
After a slow start for the Miami Marlins No. 7 minor league prospect according to Baseball Pipeline, Isan Diaz has steadily progressed at the Double-A level, prompting the parent club to make the decision.
Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Diaz had a slash line of .245/.365/.418 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs for the Jumbo Shrimp. MLB Pipeline also ranks Diaz as the No. 4 second-base prospect in the Minors.
Those kinds of numbers will help him face tougher pitching on the next level.
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I had the opportunity to see Diaz in person on many occasions and was impressed with his bat and power for the 5-foot-10, 185-pound slugger. While much of the talk in North Florida has been about Monte Harrison and when the Marlins may make the move to bring him to the Big Easy, Diaz has played steady and consistent baseball.
"“The Marlins have not hesitated to promote players who are performing. Diaz, who impressed the big league staff in Spring Training, got off to a slow start, and then he missed time on the disabled list due to a concussion he suffered after getting plunked in the head by a pitch,” Frisaro added.“Since returning, Diaz has made steady progress in the Southern League. He’s picked things up over his past 10 games, hitting .314/.429/.714 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.”"
This is the first year of a rebuild team owner Derek Jeter has talked about even before the sale of the franchise was complete. Diaz was part of the deal that sent Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Diaz’s power will come in handy now that Cito Culver has been placed on the disabled list. For the season in Jacksonville, he had 19 doubles, a triple and 10 stolen bases with 44 runs scored.
The move up the ladder may also have an effect on the team’s future next season. Trade rumors involving Starlin Castro may see the current Marlins second baseman leaving in the next few days. While the team could move Miguel Rojas to second base or slide Derek Dietrich in from the outfield. Diaz could be viewed as the future starter at the position.