DIAZ, BRENT

Position: Pitcher

DOB: March 22, 1996

Height: 6’1″ / Weight: 205

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (29th round, 2017)

Profile: The Brewers used their 29th round pick in 2017 to select Diaz out of Louisiana Tech and were able to convince him to pass up his senior season in order to sign with them.  They assigned Diaz to Helena of the Pioneer League and he spent his first month of pro ball there, before being assigned to the Arizona League to finish out his season with Milwaukee’s complex team in Maryvale.  A skilled defender who was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award as a junior, Diaz feasted on younger pitching in his first season, hitting a combined .324/.425/.431.  Though he doesn’t generate a ton of power at present, Diaz has a patient approach at the plate and can drive the balls to the gaps with enough pop to clear the fence from time to time.

 

2017:  Despite going much lower than projected in the draft following his junior year of college, Diaz chose to sign with the Brewers anyway, eager to get his professional career underway.  He started off in Helena, playing in 12 games there, and hit .267 with three doubles, but on a team that also featured Payton Henry and KJ Harrison behind the plate, playing time was tough to come by for Diaz.  Wanting to get him more at-bats, the Brewers assigned him to their AZL club in July and he thrived there, hitting .368 with six doubles and a triple in 18 games there.