Alexis Díaz Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 224 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/28/1996 (26)
Alexis Díaz Season Stats
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Alexis Díaz News
The Cincinnati Reds announced Tuesday that relief pitcher Alexis Diaz will play for Team Puerto Rico in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. The 26-year-old had a successful season and spent time in the closer's role, posting a 1.84 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 32.5% strikeout rate with 10 saves and 13 holds in 63 2/3 innings pitched. However, he did miss time with right biceps tendinitis. It remains to be seen how the Reds approach their bullpen roles in 2023, but fantasy managers should keep Diaz on their radars as the regular season approaches.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Alexis Diaz managed to pick up his 10th save of the season in Monday's 3-1 win over the Cubs. He entered to pitch the ninth inning up by three. He allowed back-to-back walks, got the first out on a line-out with the lead runner advancing to third, and then ended the game on an unorthodox 4-6-3 double play where the runner on third scored. The 26-year-old hasn't been perfect but has shown signs of being a potential closer option for the Reds in 2023, converting 10 of 14 save opportunities with a 1.88 ERA, 11.70 K/9 rate, and 4.76 BB/9 rate in 62 1/3 innings pitched this season.
Cincinnati Reds reliever Alexis Diaz came into Wednesday's 3-3 ball game in the bottom of the ninth against the Pittsburgh Pirates but gave up the winning run in the 10th and was tagged with the loss. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out two across 1.2 innings. Diaz, 26, is in his debut season as a big leaguer and has surprised many with his 1.76 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts over 61.1 IP. The right-hander didn't begin the year as the closer, but as the year's gone on, he's earned more trust from David Bell and has 13 saves on the year. Diaz has become the number one option out of the pen with six saves since the start of August, and fantasy managers shouldn't fret about one poor outing.
Cincinnati Reds reliever Alexis Diaz was quietly one of the best bullpen arms in 2022. His microscopic 1.84 ERA and 0.96 WHIP, along with a 32.5% strikeout rate and seven saves in the final two months, gave fantasy managers a ton of value as a waiver wire pickup. Diaz threw two pitches, a four-seamer and a slider. His fastball averaged 95.7 MPH and had a 100th-percentile spin rate, while his slider produced whiffs at a 45% clip. The 26-year-old was in the 97th percentile in terms of whiff rate and owned a 30.2% strikeout rate in the minors, so it's clear he'll bolster that department. Diaz's ERA and WHIP will be hard to replicate, especially with his walk issues (12.9% in 2022). He also posted an absurd .178 BABIP and a 6.9 HR/FB rate. But all ERA estimators were positive on Diaz, including his 3.32 FIP and 2.76 xERA. His 0.71 HR/9 will climb, especially as he continues pitching at Great American Ballpark, but he made life unpleasant for opponents, allowing a .159 xBA and .279 xSLG, and it won't be easy to maintain a fly ball rate as high as 36.6%. The Reds will likely be in the basement of the NL Central, but Diaz is the club's most intriguing reliever and should go into 2023 as the closer, so it won't be a challenge to eclipse 20 saves. His ADP of 140 is a solid price for the right-hander.