Just a couple weeks ago the Brewers sent Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner to the DiamondBacks for Chase Anderson, Aaron Hill, and a prospect named Isan Diaz.
Isan Diaz is 19 and coming off of an impressive season with the Arizona Rookie League affiliate, the Missoula Osprey. He batted .360 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs in 68 games, while leading the league in doubles (25), total bases (174), and slugging percentage (.640), playing well enough to be named the Pioneer League MVP. He also was second in hits (98) and runs (58). He also turned over a .434 BABIP, but even if that were to be greatly reduced he would have a productive season that the Rookie League Level. It’s also a strong improvement from his .187 in 49 game stint in 2014, Diaz found himself to be the 9th best prospect in the Diamondbacks system.
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Isan Diaz was the 70th overall pick in the 2014 draft from Springfield High School in Springfield, MA and in that year was named Baseball America’s 55th best prospect. As a senior in high school, he batted .509 with an OBP of .632 and an SLG of .930 while scoring 30 runs in 20 games, you can even read a profile about his senior year here. Diaz was also offered a scholarship to Vanderbilt but instead signed a deal with the Diamondbacks reportedly worth $750,o00.
It’ll be interesting to see where Diaz ends up as Arcia is current the Brewers future for shortstop, it’s quite possible that he moves somewhere else (maybe second?) or it’s certainly quite possible that he’s an insurance plan if Arcia doesn’t work out at shortstop (which seems unlikely in itself). It was noted though, by MLB.com that many top executives had their eye on acquiring Diaz from the Diamondbacks, so it seems that Stearns is still making good moves after all and Diaz should be an integral part of the Brewers future.