Diaz made the Marlins' 28-man roster for the NL Wild Card Series against the Cubs.
He didn't set the world on fire in his first 39 MLB at-bats, hitting .154 with two doubles and a 12:2 K:BB across 14 games. However, he will still get the chance to serve as a lefty slugger off the bench in this best-of-three series.
Diaz was optioned to the Marlins' alternate training site Tuesday.
Diaz saw consistent playing time at the end of August, but his playing time took a hit recently as he started in just one of the last five games. After slashing .154/.195/.205 with three RBI and 12 strikeouts in his first taste of major-league action, he'll head back to alternate camp, where he should be able to work more consistently as he continues to develop.
Diaz is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Braves, Andre Fernandez of Sirius XM Radio reports.
Diaz picked up his first start since Sept. 1 in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Rays, going 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts. With Jesus Aguilar healthy again and Garrett Cooper (quadriceps) cleared to return to the lineup after a two-game absence, Diaz no longer has an open path to playing time at either first base or designated hitter.
Diaz is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
With Jesus Aguilar (back) returning to the lineup for the first time in a week, Diaz will head to the bench after a stretch of eight consecutive starts, during which he went 3-for-26 with one walk and nine strikeouts. Assuming Aguilar's back doesn't present any problems for him moving forward, Diaz could soon be headed back to the Marlins' alternate training site.
Diaz will start at first base and will bat fifth Monday against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Lewis will crack the starting nine for the seventh game in a row, though it's worth noting that Jesus Aguilar (back) is sitting out for a fourth consecutive contest. The Marlins haven't ruled out Aguilar requiring a trip to the injured list, so Diaz could continue to play regularly this week if Miami does elect to shut the veteran down. The 23-year-old rookie has thus far gotten off to a rough start to his MLB career, slashing .148/.207/.148 across 29 plate appearances in nine games. His fortunes are unlikely to improve Monday with Mets ace Jacob deGrom on the bump.
Diaz isn't in the lineup Monday against the Nationals.
Diaz was recalled from the Marlins' alternate training site earlier in the day, but he'll play a bench role for his first game back on the active roster. Jesus Aguilar will serve as the first baseman in his absence.
Diaz was recalled from the Marlins' alternate training site Monday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
He is flying commercially to join the team in Washington D.C. and will need to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test, which he will need to pass before being allowed in the clubhouse. Diaz and Jesus Aguilar should play almost every day, with one player starting at first base and the other starting at designated hitter.
Diaz went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in Monday's loss to the Mets. He was optioned to Miami's alternate training site after the game, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Diaz will head back to Jupiter after appearing in three games. He went 2-for-8 over that brief stretch, registering his first RBI of the year in Monday's matchup.
Diaz is starting at first base and batting cleanup in his first MLB start Sunday against the Braves.
He went 1-for-1 in a pinch hit appearance Saturday, hitting an opposite-field grounder through the left side of the infield. Diaz is the Marlins' first baseman of the future, but he has never played at Triple-A. Nonetheless, he would have debuted in 2020 even under normal circumstances, and he has the raw power and bat-to-ball ability to make a little noise over the rest of the season.
Diaz was recalled to the Marlins' active roster ahead of Saturday's game against the Braves, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
This will be Diaz's first official callup to the big-league roster, although he isn't expected to stay for very long as he was recalled in a corresponding move to Corey Dickerson being placed on the bereavement list. A natural first baseman, Diaz figures to just be a depth player for the time being with Jesus Aguilar playing well.
The Marlins optioned Diaz to Triple-A Wichita on Tuesday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Diaz was part of a contingent of top prospects sent back to minor-league camp, with Jazz Chisholm and JJ Bleday representing the most prominent of the names who were cut. The 23-year-old Diaz will get his first taste of Triple-A after splitting time between the High-A and Double-A levels in 2019, slashing a collective .270/.321/.530 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 121 games.
Diaz was added to the Marlins' 40-man roster Wednesday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
The Marlins traded for their first baseman of the future when they sent three players, most notably Sergio Romo, to the Twins in exchange for Diaz at the deadline. He is a good defender with plus power and a solid strikeout rate (19.1 K% at Double-A). Look for Diaz to go to Triple-A with a chance to earn a midseason promotion to the big leagues.
Diaz was targeted by the Marlins in the Sergio Romo trade as their analytics department had identified him as the only hitter in Double-A with a strikeout rate below 17 percent and a hard-hit rate (exit velocity of 95 mph or higher) of 45 percent or better, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The 22-year-old isn't a highly touted prospect but he's had a breakout campaign, slashing .302/.341/.587 with six homers in 33 games since his promotion to Double-A Pensacola in the Twins' organization after posting a .290/.333/.533 line at High-A. It remains to be seen what the Marlins' plans are for Diaz, but given their lack of options at first base, a 2020 big-league debut isn't out of the question if he keeps raking in the high minors.
Diaz was acquired by the Marlins from the Twins on Saturday for Sergio Romo, minor-league pitcher Chris Vallimont and a player to be named later, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Diaz began the season at High-A and had an .866 OPS in 57 games to earn a promotion to Double-A, where he has a .950 OPS through his first 32 contests. The Marlins think very highly of the 22-year-old first baseman, considering that they parted with two minor-leaguers plus Romo to acquire him.
Diaz is hitting .316 with eight home runs and a .906 OPS at High-A Fort Myers.
He's a little old for his competition at age 22, but he's mastering a level he struggled at last year (.599 OPS last year) after promotion and before a thumb injury ended his season in July. He could advance rapidly if he continues to display his improved power (.240 ISO).
Diaz went 4-for-5 with a double in Thursday's Opening Day win for High-A Fort Myers.
It was Diaz's first game since breaking his right thumb in late July. After hitting .292 with 12 home runs and a .773 OPS with Low-A Cedar Rapids in 2017, Diaz struggled at High-A by hitting just .224 with six home runs and a .599 OPS last year before the injury.
Diaz underwent surgery on his fractured right thumb and should return to swinging the bat in six-to-eight weeks, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Diaz broke his right thumb in late July. After hitting .292 with 12 home runs and a .773 OPS with Low-A Cedar Rapids in 2017, Diaz has struggled at High-A by hitting just .224 with six home runs and a .599 OPS.
Diaz, 20, is slashing .271/.313/.455 with eight home runs and 39 RBI through 66 games for Low-A Cedar Rapids.
Diaz also has 21 doubles in 2017, and the Twins are hoping that some of those doubles turn into home runs as he matures and fills out. Diaz is not very patient at the dish, though he doesn't strike out a ton either. He remains a work in progress, but the Twinkies are excited about Diaz's power potential from the left side.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/07||@ ATL||W 5-4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/06||@ TB||L 4-5||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/02||vs TOR||L 1-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/01||vs TOR||W 3-2||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|08/31||@ NYM||W 5-3||4||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|08/30||vs TB||L 7-12||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|08/29||vs TB||L 0-4||2||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|More Batting Stats|
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2017||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||122||466||47||136||33||1||12||68||25||80||2||1||.292||.329||.444|
|2018||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||79||294||21||66||11||3||6||35||10||56||1||0||.225||.255||.344|
|2019||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||57||214||34||62||11||1||13||36||14||40||0||0||.290||.333||.533|
|2019||AAX-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||33||126||12||38||16||1||6||26||8||23||0||0||.302||.341||.587|
|2019||AAX-Jacksonville Jumbo S||31||115||16||23||6||0||8||14||11||28||0||1||.200||.279||.461|