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Davis Diaz Drafted by Arizona in Round 12

Is this just a flier, or do they somehow have the money to sign him? We’ll have to wait until 8/1.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks-Workouts The Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK

SS Davis Diaz

Though Perfect Game doesn’t have a grade on him, likes him as a top 100 player. Here’s the scouting report on the smooth SS:

Perhaps the best player from Northern California in this Draft class, Diaz has been on the national radar for some time now, playing for USA Baseball’s national 12U team back in 2015 and the 15-and-under team in both 2017 and 2018. He had a solid showcase showing in 2020, including being named to the all-tournament team at Perfect Game’s World Wood Bat Association World Championship.

While Diaz doesn’t have one tool that jumps off the page, he does a lot of things really well. The right-handed hitter has gotten stronger and does have the chance to eventually be a better than average hitter. He’s shown the ability to make hard contact and send line drives to all fields, with that added strength sure to help him get to more power in the future. He’s an average runner who has good instincts.

Those instincts have helped him on the defensive end as he’s shown an ability to play shortstop in high school despite that lack of first-step quickness. He has decent hands and an average arm, with many thinking that, plus the lack of range, will necessitate a move in the future. He’s offered scouts a new look by catching this spring and has shown a solid release and good hands behind the dish. Whether that addition to his profile is enough to sign him away from his Vanderbilt commitment remains to be seen.

Range: Rounds 3-10. Top 250 Ranking: #71.

Perfect Game Rating: N/A

Prediction: If he’s taken on Day 2 (rounds 2-10), consider him gone. If not, it’s unlikely they have met his signing bonus. I’ll say he goes in round three.

Chance He Signs With The Team Who Drafts Him: 75%. 50%. As he was taken in the 12th round, there is a chance the Dbags have found a way to scurry away enough money in their rounds 1-10 bonus pool to get Diaz. Wouldn’t be the first middle infield commit they’ve taken from the Dores. Hell, it wouldn’t even be the first Diaz (Isan Diaz was taken by the DBags in the 2014 Draft). Still, I’m sticking by my initial take and giving the Dores a good chance of Getting Davis Diaz in gangster pajamas.