The Twins stuck with Diaz all these years as an underperforming prospect. Been kind of a "mystery man." The analysts haven't exactly rushed to raise his rankings with his new found power and acumen at the plate, though.
Are the Twins alot higher on Diaz than the so-called "experts."
I'd say most of the experts were higher on Diaz than most any of the commenters around here for a long time while his performance was pretty meh.Given that he's passed through 2 rule 5 drafts I'd say it's more that other teams haven't been interested in him than the Twins org has been high on him.
There haven't been too many midseason updates yet.Fangraphs is the only national publication that I know has updated their lists, and they've explicitly stated that they've just focused on the top 100 or so types, and the rest of the updates will come incrementally.I think he'll return to prospect status after this year, though I'm curious to see how bullish the rankings will be.
I doesn't seem that anything has really changed about his profile, he's just hitting the ball really hard this year.He's never struck out in more than 20% of his plate appearances exceptin a small rookieball sample (and he's just slightly over in his initial AA sample).He still doesn't walk much, but the experts have always told us that he had tons of power potential, we just never saw more than glimpses of that until this year.And now we're seeing it all at once.It's great to see him finding that power without any change to his contact rates.I'm back on board the Lewin bandwagon.