Yusniel Diaz is getting some attention. Baseball America and MiLB check in on the five-tool prospect
The minor league Dodgers had a successful weekend, and Yusniel Diaz capped the weekend with a huge day on Sunday for Rancho Cucamonga. Baseball America took notice and mentioned him in their daily prospect updates:
Yusniel Diaz, of, Dodgers. L.A.’s No. 9 prospect at midseason, Diaz drove in a career-best six runs Sunday as high Class A Rancho Cucamonga routed Visalia (Diamondbacks) 17-8. Diaz went 4-for-6 with a homer and overall is slashing .272/.338/.420, including .326 in the past 11 games. A super athletic player, Diaz has great bat speed. He’s learning to sync up his long swing with his lower body, which will lead to more power.
“To sit there and see someone who is 19 doing things he’s doing is impressive,” the Quakes’ skipper said. “Right now, if you put him in a college uniform, and no offense to Seth Beer of Clemson University, but he’d give him every run for his money for Freshman of the Year and borderline College Player of the Year.
Other notable performances this weekend:
Willie Calhoun slugged two home runs on Sunday, giving him twenty-five for the season. Willie now has forty-nine extra base hits with 23 doubles, and one triple to go along with his twenty-five round trippers. Willie had been cooling off but whatever ailed him took off when the weekend started. Willie had seven hits for the weekend driving in seven runs. Calhoun is only averaging 2.36 strikeouts per home run. For context, the AA home run leader is Matt Chapman with 29 home runs. Matt has struck out 147 times, so he’s averaging a home run every five strike outs.
Edwin Rios did not hit a home run on Sunday but did hit one on Friday and Saturday, giving Rios five home runs for Tulsa, and thirty on the season spread over three levels. Rios wasn’t given much credit for his power enfused work at Rancho Cucamonga given that it took place in the high octane offense of the California League. Since Rios has continued to smash in AA for Tulsa, people are starting to take notice. For someone who was not on anyone’s radar entering 2016, Rios will end up leading all Dodger prospects in home runs for the season. His AA OPS is now at .970, but unlike Calhoun is power does come with a price as Rios has struck out 96 times so far in 2016.
No one was hotter in the minor leagues than Johan Mieses headed into Sunday. Johan had hit home runs in four consecutive games, and six in his last nine but he would not get a chance to hit a home run on Sunday because of an injury he suffered in the field in the top of the 1st inning. Johan now leads the California League in home runs with 26, which is amazing for a guy who only had eighteen at the end of July. I will say I was disappointed he hit eight home runs in August because nothing was cooler to me than his home run ladder per month.
- April – 3
- May – 4
- June – 5
- July – 6
- but he ruined it with August – 8
Jose DeLeon wasn’t able to watch his significant other win her gold medal in Rio but was somehow able to concentrate and pitch a gem of his own on Friday night. While the Dodger rotation struggles to get fifteen outs, Jose has done it four of his last five starts in the Pacific Coast League. Dodgers just might figure out some roster shenanigans to get this arm into the rotation. He couldn’t do any worse that the non starts that Rich Hill has offered, or the horrific games that Brandon McCarthy has put up this month, or the debacle that was Brett Anderson’s 2016 debut.