Lewin Diaz
23-Year-Old First Baseman1B
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Marlins sent three pitchers, most notably Sergio Romo, to the Twins for Diaz, who now profiles as their first baseman of the future. He needed to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason and was a spare piece for the Twins, but Diaz has pedigree ($1.4 million bonus on July 2, 2013), plus raw power and struck out at a 19.1% clip at Double-A. He is also an above-average defender at first base. A .188 BABIP after the trade dragged down his numbers, but he upped his walk rate to 8.5%, which is easily his best mark above rookie ball. A rare first baseman who is better in batting average leagues than OBP leagues, Diaz probably won't ever finish as a top-10 fantasy first baseman, but the hope is that he has a handful of years as a top-20 option at the position. He will open the year at Triple-A and could earn his big-league debut this summer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Twins in 2013 that includes a $1.4 million signing bonus. Traded to the Marlins in July of 2019.
Shielded from Rule 5 draft
1BMiami Marlins
November 20, 2019
Diaz was added to the Marlins' 40-man roster Wednesday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Diaz was signed for $1.4 million as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. He didn't show much in 2015 as an 18-year-old in rookie ball (.693 OPS), but he improved significantly in the more advanced Appalachian League. He hit .310 with nine home runs and a .928 OPS in 46 games. At 6-foot-3 and over 200 pounds, it's thought he could develop above-average power. He's someone to watch for a potential breakout in his first full-season league this year.
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Impressive exit velocity this year
1BMiami Marlins
July 29, 2019
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.
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Heading to Miami in Romo trade
1BMiami Marlins
July 27, 2019
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.
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Hot start at High-A
1BMinnesota Twins
May 23, 2019
Diaz is hitting .316 with eight home runs and a .906 OPS at High-A Fort Myers.
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Returns from thumb injury
1BMinnesota Twins
April 4, 2019
Diaz went 4-for-5 with a double in Thursday's Opening Day win for High-A Fort Myers.
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Has surgery on broken thumb
1BMinnesota Twins
Thumb
August 7, 2018
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.
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