Yainer Diaz

24-Year-Old CatcherC
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Diaz is a good enough hitter that he should get backup catcher work this season and beyond. It will be his defensive development that determines whether he becomes a workhorse behind the plate. On lesser teams, he might get work at first base and designated hitter in addition to catcher, but those starts should be few and far between when the Astros are fully healthy. The one major flaw in Diaz's offensive game is how frequently (38% in the minors) he chases pitches out of the zone. He hit .306/.356/.542 with a 31.3 Hard% and 25 home runs in 105 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Despite his propensity to chase, Diaz logged a stellar 17.8 K% at Triple-A, but walked just 5.9% of the time. Diaz was age-appropriate for a catcher in the upper levels. Read Past Outlooks
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