AROUND THE FARM: DIAZ
Due to the holiday “The Farm” was closed yesterday so a day late here is this week’s “Around the Farm” report. Today we take a look at the Blue Jays representative in the Futures Game, Robinzon Diaz of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Diaz, who was signed as a non-drafted free-agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2000 at 17 years old, was selected as one of two catchers on the World Squad for this Sunday’s game which will be played in San Francisco. The Manchester Union Leader has a nice article on were Diaz grew up and how far he has come in his seventh season in professional baseball.
The 22 year-old Diaz enters Thursday 7th in the Eastern League with a .323 Batting Average. The right-handed hitter had a sizzling June during which he hit .392 (38-97) with 5 doubles a triple and 8 RBI and raised his season average from .277 to .321.
In addition to the Futures Game Diaz will represent the Northern Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game to be played in Connecticut on Wednesday, July 11th. Diaz will be joined by fellow Fisher Cats Sergio Santos, Rob Cosby, Tracy Thorpe and Aaron Mathews.
All-Star selections are nothing new for Diaz, this will be the fourth straight season he has participated in the mid-season classic for his league (2004 South Atlantic League, 2005 and 2006 Florida State League) and he has also been named to his league’s post-season All-Star team every year since 2003 (Appalachian League).
Diaz was added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster before the 2007 season after finishing six professional seasons with a career Minor League average of .303. The lowest he has hit along the way was .287 for Single-A Charleston is 2004. He is more of a doubles hitter, 104 career doubles entering 2007, then a home run hitter, just 9 entering this season. Diaz, like fellow catching prospect Curtis Thigpen, has also moved out from behind the plate for the first time this season appearing in 8 games at third base.