Isan Diaz got his feet wet last season with a second-half call up from AAA New Orleans. After knocking the cover off the ball in the PCL, he struggled during his internship on a Major League level. The struggles weren’t just at the plate, but they were defensively as well. If Diaz, who is regarded as one of the top young second base prospects in MLB, is going to take the next step, it will be over the next two seasons.
Diaz was part of the massive trade where the Marlins collected four prospects in return for Christian Yelich from the Milwaukee Brewers. Yelich has proven to be one of the best players in baseball while the four individuals could all make Miami’s roster this season. How Diaz progresses, along with Yamamoto, Monte Harrison and Lewis Brinson will determine if the organization made the right move.
Diaz has the ability to become a middle infielder like Roberto Alomar, who can hit for average and launch somewhere around 25 home runs in a season. I’m interested to see how much progress he makes from last season to this year and whether the work he put in prior to the work stoppage pays off.