Marlins Prospect Lewin Diaz is Ready to Step Up

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 28: (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 28: (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Lewin Diaz is a relatively recent addition to the stable of talent in the Marlins high minor leagues.

A six-foot-four, 225 lb. first baseman from Santiago, DR, Lewin Diaz spent his first three professional seasons at the rookie level. In 2017 and 2018, he played at low-A and high-A respectively, with the Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Fort Myers Miracle in the Minnesota Twins system.

Diaz had split most of the 2019 campaign between the Miracle and the double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos until the Marlins made a deal. Miami sent de facto closer Sergio Romo and promising arm Chris Vallimont to the Twins, along with a player to be named later.

Diaz only hit .200 in 31 games for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp to close out the campaign, but that couldn’t take the shine off his offensive eruption over the larger course of the season. In 121 games in total, he clubbed 27 homers with 76 RBI, while keeping a respectable 18.2 strikeout percentage.

On the defensive side of the diamond, Diaz made only one error in 515 total chances at double-A, for a sparkling .998 fielding percentage. The big lefty slugger seems ready for the next step, but it remains to be seen if he begins the season with the Shrimp, the triple-A Wichita Wind Surge, or with the Marlins proper.

Diaz, who turns 23-years-old today, is currently Miami’s 12th ranked prospect. With a great Spring Training, he could unseat incumbent Marlins first baseman Garrett Cooper.

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