DIAZ, VICTOR

Position: Pitcher

DOB: October 6, 1993

Height: 6’1″ / Weight: 170

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (March 5, 2012)

Profile: Signed by the Brewers as a free agent out of Venezuela, Diaz made his debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2012, pitching there for two seasons before coming stateside.  He made the jump all the way to Class-A Wisconsin in 2014 and returned to begin the 2015 season before undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2015.  He returned to the mound in 2016, making a handful of rehab starts in the AZL, then went back to Wisconsin for the 2017 season.  A deceptive right-hander, Diaz pitches to contact, but struggles to locate at times, resulting in a career WHIP of 1.41 through his first six seasons.

2012:  After signing with Milwaukee in March, Diaz was assigned to the Dominican Summer League, where he made his pro debut with the DSL Brewers.  He appeared in 13 games, all in relief, and finished the year with an ERA of 1.90, allowing just five earned runs over 23.2 innings of work.

2013:  Diaz returned to the DSL in 2013 and moved into the starting rotation, starting 11 of the 14 games that he worked in.  He wound up with a record of just 5-8, but put together a respectable 3.34 earned run average over 70 innings of work.

2014:  The Brewers brought Diaz to the U.S. in 2014 and he made a big jump, skipping past both the AZL and Helena, and heading to Class-A Wisconsin to start the season.  He appeared in 23 games there, starting ten of them, and went 3-5 with a 4.86 ERA.

2015:  Returning to Wisconsin for a second season, Diaz opened up the year going 0-2 with a 2.28 ERA in six outings for the Timber Rattlers, four of which came as a starter.   He made his final appearance in early May, but was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery ten days later and missed the remainder of the season.

2016:  After starting the season in extended spring training while rehabbing, Diaz was finally able to get back on the mound in July, and went on to pitch in ten games for the AZL Brewers, starting nine of them, and went 1-2 with a 5.59 ERA.

2017:  Healthy once again, Diaz returned to Class-A Wisconsin in 2017, where he started 17 of the 21 games he pitched in for the Timber Rattlers.  He wound up going 2-6 with a 5.81 earned run average and logged 79 innings on the mound.