DIPLAN, NATTINO

Position: Pitcher

DOB: December 30, 1993

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 180

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (December 22, 2012)

Profile: Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Diplan spent his first three seasons of pro ball pitching for the Brewers’ club in the Dominican Summer League.  He made his way to the states in 2016 and split time between the AZL Brewers and Helena, then moved up to Class-A Wisconsin in 2017.  Long and lanky, Diplan sits in the low-to-mid-90’s with his fastball and hides the ball well, making it look even faster to hitters.  He did a good job of keeping the ball down early in the zone, but took a step back in that regard in 2017, allowing more fly balls, resulting in more home runs.

2013:  After agreeing to terms with the Brewers in December of 2012, Diplan made his pro debut in 2013, pitching for Milwaukee’s team in the Dominican Summer League.  He appeared in 14 games, starting four of them, and went 1-3 with a 7.49 ERA.

2014:  Diplan returned to the DSL for the 2014 season, seeing the bulk of his work come as a starter.  He started nine of the 11 games he pitched in, but struggled to a record of 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA, allowing opposing hitters to bat .322 against him.

2015:  The Brewers opted to have Diplan head back to the Dominican Summer League again in 2015, and he started all 12 of the games he pitched in for the DSL Brewers.  In 63.1 innings of work, he went 3-7 with a 4.55 earned run average.

2016:  Milwaukee brought Diplan stateside in 2016 and he spent the year bouncing between Helena and the Arizona League.  He worked in 17 games between the two levels, but went 1-7 with a 6.79 earned run average, allowing nearly two batters to reach base per inning.

2017:  Despite his struggles in 2016, the Brewers chose to challenge Diplan and gave him an aggressive promotion to Class-A Wisconsin for his first crack at full-season ball.  He appeared in 29 games with the Timber Rattlers, starting ten of them, and went 3-10 with a 6.60 ERA.