Edwin Diaz

Edwin Diaz

28-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Diaz made the best of a contract year, as no relief pitcher in 2022 came close to his 50.2% strikeout rate, 25.2% SwStr%, 17.1 K/9 or 42.6% K-BB%. His 1.31 ERA ranked fourth among qualified relievers, while his 0.90 FIP and 1.11 SIERA were also the best in the league. Diaz's name was scattered across many Statcast leaderboards, as he posted a 99th percentile rating, or better, in multiple pitching metrics. However, he was "merely" league average in HardHit% and BB%. One main reason why Diaz was so good last season can be attributed to a pitch mix change. He threw his fastball far less often - a roughly 20% difference from his most recent seasons - while using his slider as his primary offering (58% pitch usage) for the first time in his career. Diaz allowed just 17 hits - 16 of which were singles - on his slider for a .114 BA on the pitch. Expect the soon-to-be 29-year-old to be among the top two closers drafted in 2023 now that the Mets re-signed him for 5 years at $102 million. Read Past Outlooks
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