Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Diaz ended 2018 as the top closer and looks to be one of the first off the board in 2019 after an offseason trade to the Mets. Here's the thing: amassing another 61 save chances with 57 conversions is a long shot. Last year, Diaz tied for the second-most saves in history. Even with comparable skills, 15-20 fewer is a fair expectation. Speaking of skills, they're elite. His 18.9 SwStr% was bested by only Josh Hader, and just barely at that. His K-BB% was tops in the league. Diaz throws a 98-mph fastball almost two-thirds of the time, complemented by a 90-mph slider. There's really nothing to point to in terms of luck as Diaz's BABIP, HR/FB and LOB% were all within expected ranges. The skills, hence strikeouts and ratios, are real and repeatable and thus worthy of chasing aggressively. Just don't count on another 50-save season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $570,800 contract with the Mariners in March of 2018. Traded to the Mets in December of 2018.
Strong in non-save situation
PNew York Mets
April 22, 2019
Diaz fanned two batters in a perfect ninth inning during Monday's 5-1 win over the Phillies.
Diaz was called on to protect a four-run lead and locked it down despite it not being a save situation. The 25-year-old has 16 strikeouts and a 1.04 ERA in 8.2 innings of work. He's also a perfect 7-for-7 in save chances in his first year with the Mets.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .155 260 120 30 35 3 1 6
Since 2017vs Right .188 333 109 21 57 8 0 10
2019vs Left .000 12 8 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right .333 23 8 2 7 1 0 1
2018vs Left .144 126 68 12 16 1 1 1
2018vs Right .171 154 56 5 25 3 0 4
2017vs Left .184 122 44 18 19 2 0 5
2017vs Right .182 156 45 14 25 4 0 5
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ERA on Road
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Since 2017Home 3.82 1.14 73.0 4 8 40 13.1 3.5 1.5
Since 2017Away 1.20 0.80 75.0 0 2 58 14.8 2.8 0.5
2019Home 3.00 0.67 3.0 0 0 1 18.0 0.0 3.0
2019Away 0.00 1.24 5.2 0 0 6 15.9 3.2 0.0
2018Home 2.45 0.79 40.1 0 4 30 14.5 2.2 0.7
2018Away 1.36 0.79 33.0 0 0 27 16.1 1.9 0.5
2017Home 5.76 1.65 29.2 4 4 9 10.6 5.5 2.4
2017Away 1.24 0.74 36.1 0 2 25 13.4 3.5 0.5
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How does Edwin Diaz compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The road was a bit rocky for Diaz in 2017, with the Mariners temporarily relieving him of closer duties on a couple occasions, but when it was all said and done Diaz tied for fourth in the American League in saves. He converted 21 of 23 save opportunities in the second half and struck out 32 percent of the batters he faced overall using a combination of high-90s fastballs and high-80s sliders. Diaz can be his own worst enemy with the walks, and the uptick in home runs last season is a concern, although he was better in that regard down the stretch (two homers allowed in his final 30.1 innings). His stuff is electric most of the time and there aren't any proven options behind him in the Seattle bullpen, so Diaz should be given every chance to remain in the closer role throughout 2018. However, he's not exactly a "safe" investment given the slip in performance from 2016 and the general year-to-year unpredictability of major-league relievers.
Seattle's save chances were dominated in the first half by Steve Cishek. However, after Cishek landed on the disabled list, Diaz, once a top starting pitching prospect, took the reins and never looked back. He dazzled in the bullpen over the final two-plus months, going 18-for-21 in save chances. Diaz ranked sixth in second-half K/9 (14.3) among arms with 20-plus appearances, behind Ken Giles, Kenley Jansen, Dellin Betances, Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman. On the season, he finished fourth among relievers with an 18.5 swinging-strike percentage. While his his walk rate was a sparkling 2.6 BB/9, he has bouts of inefficiency and must aim to get ahead in more at-bats. Still, the right-hander, who turns 23 in March, boasts outstanding peripherals (33.6 K-BB%) and electric stuff. Even with some correction perhaps coming, Diaz could deliver numbers befitting a top-five fantasy closer at a discount relative to bigger names.
It is a sad state of affairs when a pitcher who finished the previous season with a 4.57 ERA in 104.1 innings at Double-A has a claim as the best prospect in a farm system, but that is where the Mariners are at. Diaz is not nearly as bad as that ERA suggests — he had a 1.70 ERA in 37 innings at High-A Bakersfield before his promotion and his 3.22 FIP at Double-A Jackson suggests he was pretty unlucky in Southern League play. His 145:46 K:BB in 141.1 innings illustrates his potential to be an average or better bat misser with an average command profile in the big leagues, essentially serving as a true No. 3 starter who should benefit from playing half his games in Safeco Field. Diaz should spend most, if not all of his age-22 season at Triple-A Tacoma, potentially getting some late-season spot starts with the Mariners, but more likely figuring into the rotation plans in 2017.
A third-round pick out of Puerto Rico in the 2012 draft, Diaz held his own at Low-A Clinton last year as a 20-year-old after dominating in rookie ball in 2013. He has a low-to-mid-90s fastball, a good slider, and a developing changeup. His control needs some work, but he has plenty of time to hone those skills. He will also continue to fill out. His 6-foot-2, 178-pound frame is about 20 pounds more than his draft weight, but he's bound to get bigger and stronger still. The organization's co-starting pitcher of the year in 2014 (along with Jordan Pries), Diaz is a ways away, but he has plenty of upside and is worth keeping an eye on.
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Nails down seventh save
PNew York Mets
April 19, 2019
Diaz gave up a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning while striking out one to record his seventh save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals.
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Secures sixth save
PNew York Mets
April 15, 2019
Diaz pitched a scoreless inning and struck out three on the way to a save Monday against the Phillies.
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Records fifth save
PNew York Mets
April 11, 2019
Diaz allowed two hits and struck out two batters to record a scoreless ninth inning pick up his fifth save of the season Thursday against the Braves.
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Picks up fourth save
PNew York Mets
April 6, 2019
Diaz struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to secure the save against the Nationals on Saturday.
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One-out save
PNew York Mets
April 3, 2019
Diaz recorded only one out to earn his third save of the season Wednesday against the Marlins.
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