Yandy Diaz
Yandy Diaz
29-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Diaz finally unlocked some power with Tampa Bay after homering just once in 299 plate appearances over two seasons in Cleveland. Though his launch angle only moved from 4.4 to 5.7 degrees, that was enough for Diaz to raise his flyball rate more than five points above his career mark, allowing him to easily outdo his prior slugging numbers. Diaz didn't see his plate skills diminish due to the new approach, as he maintained strong strikeout (17.6%) and walk (10.2%) rates and ranked in the 82nd percentile of all players in hard-hit percentage. While he met expectations from a skills standpoint, durability was a concern for Diaz, who spent time on the shelf with hand, hamstring and foot injuries. If healthy, Diaz should open 2020 in a regular role at the hot corner, though the Rays' wealth of options could push him into short-side platoon duty if he falls into a prolonged slump at any point. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#439
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018. Traded to the Rays in December of 2018.
Delivers in start vs. Kershaw
3BTampa Bay Rays
October 26, 2020
Diaz went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored Sunday in the Rays' 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the series.
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With lefty Clayton Kershaw starting for the Dodgers, Rays manager Kevin Cash elected to roll with Diaz at first base over Mike Brosseau, who had been serving as the main short-side platoon mate for the lefty-hitting Ji-Man Choi during the postseason. The decision to start Diaz paid dividends, as the 29-year-old put the Rays on the board with his RBI triple in the second inning. The Dodgers are projected to start right-handers Tony Gonsolin and Walker Buehler in the final two games of the series, so Diaz will likely retreat to a bench role while Choi and Joey Wendle man the corner-infield spots for Tampa Bay.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
17
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#3
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6
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .877 211 24 7 25 1 .297 .393 .484
Since 2018vs Right .778 394 60 10 39 1 .279 .353 .425
2020vs Left .768 45 2 0 3 0 .265 .444 .324
2020vs Right .832 93 14 2 8 0 .325 .419 .413
2019vs Left .976 117 15 7 16 1 .311 .393 .583
2019vs Right .735 230 38 7 22 1 .245 .313 .422
2018vs Left .725 49 7 0 6 0 .289 .347 .378
2018vs Right .847 71 8 1 9 0 .328 .394 .453
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .869 303 43 9 34 1 .293 .386 .483
Since 2018Away .757 302 41 8 30 1 .277 .348 .410
2020Home .861 58 3 1 3 0 .304 .448 .413
2020Away .780 80 13 1 8 0 .309 .413 .368
2019Home .905 182 32 7 21 1 .297 .374 .532
2019Away .719 165 21 7 17 1 .235 .303 .416
2018Home .765 63 8 1 10 0 .273 .365 .400
2018Away .830 57 7 0 5 0 .352 .386 .444
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Stat Review
How does Yandy Diaz compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
1.35
 
BB Rate
16.7%
 
K Rate
12.3%
 
BABIP
.347
 
ISO
.079
 
AVG
.307
 
OBP
.428
 
SLG
.386
 
OPS
.814
 
wOBA
.369
 
Exit Velocity
83.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.8%
 
Barrels/PA
1.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The knock on Diaz coming into 2018 was the total absence of in-game power. He did little to quash that narrative, totaling a mere four homers in 546 plate appearances between Triple-A and the majors, but at least he started to make some adjustments. Diaz shaved nearly six percentage points from his groundball rate at the big-league level (from 59% to 53.5%) while adding more than four percentage points to his flyball rate. His average launch angle was still among the lowest in baseball, but 4.4 degrees is a big improvement over 0, and with that, he was able to tap into some gap power. Over-the-fence power may never come even with further refinement, but Diaz has strong plate skills (15.8 K%, 9.2 BB% last season) and with regular playing time, he could be a nice source of batting average. The question is whether that playing time will come. Following an offseason trade to the Rays, it seems likely.
The 26-year-old is a physical specimen with impressive muscle mass on a 6-foot-2 frame. If he ever joins the launch-angle revolution, watch out. He drove the ball into the ground 59 percent of the time with the big-league club last season and had the lowest Average Launch Angle among 387 hitters with at least 100 at-bats. Diaz hit the ball fairly hard (32.8 percent hard contact rate), but without the other piece of the puzzle, the power numbers were non-existent (.064 ISO). He displayed a good approach at the plate, walking 21 times in 179 plate appearances (11.7 percent), as well as decent contact ability (19.6 percent strikeout rate). Those skills along with Jason Kipnis' struggles staying healthy last year give Diaz plenty of appeal in AL-only formats, but he will need to show that he can hit for some power against big-league pitching before he can be justified as a mixed-league starter.
A cannon-armed third baseman signed out of Cuba in 2013, Diaz has raked his way through each level of the Indians' minor league system over the past three seasons. After posting a 144 wRC+ and walking more than he struck out (1.50 BB/K) at Double-A Akron, Diaz was promoted to Triple-A Columbus during the 2016 season. Though his walk rate slipped a bit, his bat stayed hot. In 416 plate appearances, the 25-year-old slashed .325/.399/.461 and posted a robust 11.3 walk rate to go along with his 16.8 percent strikeout rate. Having shown that he's a threat at the plate, Diaz has also been identified as one of the top defensive third basemen in the minor leagues. It shouldn't be too long before he makes his MLB debut with the Indians and he is a player worth keeping an eye in deeper leagues and dynasty formats.
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Out against righty
3BTampa Bay Rays
October 12, 2020
Diaz is out of the lineup Monday for Game 2 of the Rays' ALCS matchup with the Astros, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Not starting Game 3
3BTampa Bay Rays
October 7, 2020
Diaz is out of the lineup Wednesday for Game 3 of the Rays' ALDS matchup with the Yankees, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Out of lineup
3BTampa Bay Rays
October 6, 2020
Diaz is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Cracks Game 2 lineup
3BTampa Bay Rays
September 30, 2020
Diaz (hamstring) will start at third base and will bat cleanup Wednesday in Game 2 of the Rays' wild-card series with the Blue Jays, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Not starting series opener
3BTampa Bay Rays
September 29, 2020
Diaz is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the Wild Card Round against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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