January 1, 2008
Age: 21 Height: 5'11" Weight: 184 Bats: Right Throws: Right
|2006 DSL Indians||.382||58||204||43||78||13||1||9||62||24||29||4||.476||.588||1.064|
|2007 DSL Indians||.315||68||238||40||75||19||2||8||41||37||29||8||.426||.513||.939|
Among diehard fans of the Indians' minor league teams, Diaz is something of a folk legend. Not to be confused with Kelvin N. Diaz who was a pitcher for the Indians' GCL team who retired earlier this year, Diaz has been unable to get a visa to play in the United States either of the past two seasons partly because his identity and age cannot be verified as he was not born in a hospital. In 2007 his overall talent level would have put him at a level to play for Lake County because, although his hitting is a notch above that level his defense and overall knowledge of the game is still lagging behind. His last two seasons in the DSL have both been marked by a homerun barrage early in the season followed by a drop in power as the season wore on, but still ending up with a high batting average and OBP as he has shown advanced plate discipline (35:29 BB/K ratio in 238 at bats) for a young Latin player, especially one with significant power potential. His defense is poor (25 errors in 2007) were mostly the result of poor footwork on his throws. If the visa issues get cleared up this year, he should open the season as the starting third baseman in Lake County.