The 26-year-old is a physical specimen with impressive muscle mass on a 6-foot-2 frame. If he ever joins the launch-angle revolution, watch out. He drove the ball into the ground 59 percent of the time with the big-league club last season and had the lowest Average Launch Angle among 387 hitters with at least 100 at-bats. Yandy Diaz hit the ball fairly hard (32.8 percent hard contact rate), but without the other piece of the puzzle, the power numbers were non-existent (.064 ISO). He displayed a good approach at the plate, walking 21 times in 179 plate appearances (11.7 percent), as well as decent contact ability (19.6 percent strikeout rate). Those skills along with Jason Kipnis' struggles staying healthy last year give Diaz plenty of appeal in AL-only formats, but he will need to show that he can hit for some power against big-league pitching before he can be justified as a mixed-league starter.
Diaz (groin) is currently without restriction following the right groin strain suffered in November, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Diaz sustained the injury playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for Leones del Caracas, but has since undergone successful rehab in time for spring training. The 25-year-old slashed .263/.352/.327 in 179 plate appearances for the Indians in last season, with most of his at-bats coming as a third baseman. Diaz is likely to serve a similar role for Cleveland in 2018, and his potential role should become clearer with spring training now underway.
Diaz will not need surgery for a sports hernia suffered during winter ball, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports. It's not clear where Diaz stands in his recovery from the injury he suffered in November, but it seems things are progressing as planned because he has not gone under the knife. The report also notes that the Indians plan to keep playing Diaz mainly at third base in 2018, as opposed to using him in more of a utility role.
Diaz is being evaluated in Cleveland for a right groin strain, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Diaz was playing for Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League when he picked up the injury. The severity of the issue remains unclear, leaving his status for the remainder of winter ball up in the air. More should be known following his evaluation.
Diaz is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners. Diaz started regularly at third base for most of the month, but he will open on the bench Saturday for the fourth day in a row while Giovanny Urshela gets another start at third base.
Diaz is not in the lineup against the Angels on Thursday. Diaz will spend a second consecutive day on the bench following 16 straight starts while Giovanny Urshela draws another start at the hot corner. During 43 games with the big-league club this season, Diaz is hitting .266/.361/.322 with 12 RBI.