Jose Diaz, offensive lineman
Will he make the majors?
Diaz was certainly the most recognizable member of the 2011 Tides’ bullpen, as his 330-pound-frame was instantly recognizable from even the most distant corner of Harbor Park. He came up through the Dodgers’ organization, left as a minor-league free-agent, and ended up in the Orioles’ organization. He pitched very well as a 26-year-old closer in High-A and AA ball in 2010, and continued to pitch well as the AA closer in 2011. Promoted to Norfolk in June, he was ineffective in 14 appearances — 21 hits and 8 walks allowed in 12 2/3 innings — then was placed on the disabled list before returning to Bowie.
Diaz throws hard — but very straight; his fastball doesn’t move much. I have to think that his weight affects his mechanics and control. His fastball will always keep him on teams’ radars, but his lack of other stuff will mean he won’t get much more than a cup of coffee.
Diaz signed with the Pirates as a free agent for the 2012 season.