Position: Shortstop, Second Base

DOB: May 27, 1996

Height: 5’10” / Weight: 185

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Diamondbacks (January 30, 2016)

Profile: Acquired from Arizona in 2016 as part of a five player trade that sent Jean Segura to the Diamondbacks, Diaz made the Brewers brass look very smart with a stellar 2016 season that saw him named Milwaukee’s Minor League Player of the Year. Drafted in the second round by Arizona in 2014, Diaz signed out of high school for a reported $750,000 and made his way to Arizona to make his pro debut with the Diamondbacks AZL affiliate. He moved up to Missoula in the Pioneer League in 2015 where he put together a phenomenal season en route to being named the Pioneer League MVP. Muscular with quick hands, Diaz produces exceptional bat speed, generating power to all fields. He has a good feel for contact, squaring up pitches and learns quickly, making adjustments. Though he’s split time between shortstop and second base, the feeling is that Diaz will eventually make the shift to second full time.

2014: Diaz had a rough go of it in his first professional season, appearing in 49 games for the Diamondbacks AZL affiliate. He hit just .187 while striking out in roughly one quarter of his plate appearances but did have 15 of his 34 hits go for extra bases, including seven doubles, five triples and three home runs.

2015: After struggling at the plate in his pro debut, Diaz opened the 2015 season in extended spring training before heading out to the Pioneer League to join the Missoula Osprey when their season began in June. The difference for Diaz was like night and day as he wound up hitting .360/.436/.640 over 68 games and was named to the league’s mid-season All-Star squad. He showed an impressive power stroke, collecting 25 doubles to go along with six triples and 13 home runs and was honored as the Pioneer League’s Most Valuable Player following the season.

2016: Following his trade to Milwaukee in the offseason, Diaz was sent to Low-A Wisconsin to open up 2016 and settled nicely into the heart of the Timber Rattlers order. Splitting time between second base and shortstop, Diaz wound up hitting .264/.358/.469 with 34 doubles, five triples and 20 home runs over 135 games. He was named to the Midwest League All-Star team and following the season, was honored as the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.

2017: Coming off of a big 2016 campaign, Diaz moved up to High-A Carolina to start the 2017 season.  He experienced mixed results with the Mudcats but didn’t replicate his numbers from the previous season, struggling to achieve consistency.  In 110 games, Diaz hit just .222 but he did manage 20 doubles and 13 home runs while driving in 54 runs.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#4)
2016 (#11)