DIPLAN, MARCOS

Position: Pitcher

DOB: September 18, 1996

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 160

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Rangers (January 19, 2015)

Profile: Picked up from Texas along with infielder Luis Sardinas and pitcher Corey Knebel in a January 2015 trade that sent pitcher Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers, Diplan was one of the top international arms on the market in 2013 when he signed with Texas out of the Dominican Republic for a reported $1.3 million. He was impressive in his pro debut with the Rangers Dominican Summer League affiliate in 2014, then came stateside in 2015 following the trade to Milwaukee and pitched for the Brewers Pioneer League squad in Helena. The Brewers promoted Diplan to Low-A Wisconsin to open 2016 and he quickly turned into one of the Timber Rattlers most valuable arms, earning him a July promotion to High-A Brevard County, where he finished out the season. Diplan shows an advanced feel for his age and his fastball, that already sits in the low-90’s, could add even more velocity as his frame fills out. He also throws a curve and changeup that both have the potential to be plus pitches for him and he has a good presence on the mound.

2014: After signing with Texas in 2013, Diplan made his professional debut a year later, making 13 starts for the Rangers affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. He rolled through the DSL, going 7-2 with a 1.54 earned run average while holding opposing hitters to a .155 batting average. Diplan allowed just 11 earned runs in 64.1 innings of work and seemed to get stronger as the season went on, striking out 13 in his second-to-last start of the season.

2015: Diplan opened up 2015 in extended spring training in Maryvale, then joined rookie level Helena when their season got underway in June. Appearing in 13 games, seven of which he started, Diplan went 2-2 with a 3.75 earned run average. He struck out 54 batters in 50.1 innings of work and also converted a pair of save chances en route to being named to the Pioneer League’s All-Star team.

2016: The Brewers gave Diplan his first taste of full-season ball in 2016 when he opened the year with Low-A Wisconsin. After getting roughed up in his first start in brutal April conditions in Beloit, Diplan went on a roll, allowing just one earned run over his next nine outings. Working as part of a tandem with right-hander Freddy Peralta, Diplan appeared in 17 games, starting 11, and went 6-2 with a 1.80 ERA. That earned him a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team and a promotion to High-A Brevard County. He finished out the year with the Manatees, working ten games and starting six and went 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#12)
2016 (#18)
2015 (#18)