Diaz is slashing .233/.305/.360 through 22 games for Triple-A New Orleans with two home runs and 12 RBI.
The Marlins' No. 6 fantasy prospect has been up and down throughout his minor-league career, but the roller coaster is racing downhill at the moment. Diaz's 22.3 percent strikeout rate is a slight improvement on his performance the last couple of years, but his walk rate is headed in the wrong direction and he's not hitting for as much power as he did at lower levels. He's still only 22 years old, and he'll get time to figure things out as long as Starlin Castro is occupying the keystone for Miami, but Diaz simply might not be productive enough to profile as anything more than a bench player once he reaches the majors.
One of the top infield prospects in the organization, Diaz is likely to reach the majors at some point in 2019, but cracking the Opening Day roster was always going to be an uphill battle. He'll first need to improve upon the lackluster .204/.281/.358 slash line he supplied during his first stint at New Orleans last season before getting a look in Miami.
Diaz had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
The Marlins added Diaz to their 40-man roster in order to protect the 22-year-old from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Diaz didn't necessarily impress at Double- or Triple-A in 2018, hitting a combined .232/340/.399 across 119 games, but he's a candidate to takeover at second base for the Marlins at some point in 2019 with Starlin Castro reportedly on the block.
Diaz was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Over his past eight games with Double-A Jacksonville, Diaz hit .393/.485/.893 with four home runs and 12 RBI. The 22-year-old didn't set the world on fire with Jacksonville, posting a .783 OPS over 83 contests, but he will get an opportunity at the Triple-A level for the first time in his career nonetheless. The infielder will need to improve upon a strikeout rate that has hovered around 26 percent over the past two years, but he brings solid defense and speed (10 stolen bases with Jacksonville) to the table along with a developing bat.
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