Date of Birth: 09/10/1986
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 210 lbs
Resides: Chandler, AZ
Highest Level: AAA
Diaz begins his third season with Long Island. He pitched in 52 games for the Ducks in 2016 and led all Ducks relief pitchers with 69 strikeouts. He ended the year with a 5-2 record, a 2.09 ERA, five saves and just 10 walks allowed in 51 and two-thirds innings. In addition, he had stretches of 13 (May 17 to June 17) and nine (July 16 to August 5) consecutive games without allowing a run. The Venezuela native went on to appear in six postseason games for Long Island, yielding just three hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings.
The 30-year-old spent the 2015 campaign with the Ducks as well. In his 60 games, he turned in a 2.77 ERA, 14 saves and 69 strikeouts to just 17 walks over 58 and one-third innings of work. He tossed 16 consecutive scoreless innings between May 30 and July 1, striking out 19 batters without allowing a single walk. Prior to joining the Ducks, the righty spent seven seasons in the Los Angeles Angels organization and one in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Diaz was originally signed as a free agent by the Angels in 2005.