Davis Diaz popped by the DBacks in the 12th, however, that could be a flyer pick. They went with Tim Tawa (Stanford SR) in the 11th… would think that if they had a deal for Diaz, those picks would have been flipped. We’ll see. https://t.co/4Se4gGpEaw— Title, then Runner Up is Actually Pretty FIn Great (@VUHawkTalk) July 13, 2021
SS Davis Diaz
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.
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.