Clippers’ Diaz Named International League’s Batter of the Week
Bob Toth | On 25, Jul 2016
The International League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. announced on Monday morning that Columbus utility man Yandy Diaz was named the league’s Batter of the Week for games played between July 18 and July 24.
The 24-year-old was joined by Lehigh Valley pitcher David Buchanan in receiving a weekly honor.
It is the second major accolade for the Indians third base and outfield prospect in the month of July. On the 10th, he participated in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Futures Game in San Diego, California, during the All-Star weekend festivities.
Last week, Diaz extended his hitting streak to 14 games by getting hits in all seven games on the Clippers schedule. He had 14 hits in those games, batting .519 with eight walks, three doubles, a triple, one homer, six runs scored, and eight runs batted in.
He was 6-for-14 in the Clippers’ home series against the Louisville Bats from Monday to Wednesday. He had a single and a double in the series opener before going 3-for-6 with two doubles, two RBI, and one run scored on Tuesday. In the finale, he added another single and a run.
He had two hits in each of the four games to wrap up the weekend against the Pawtucket Red Sox. He had two singles, two walks, an RBI, and one run scored on Thursday. He singled and homered while driving in a pair on Friday and added another run and walk. He had a walk, a single, and a triple on Saturday while scoring one run and driving in three. He closed out the weekend with a pair of singles and a walk while crossing home plate successfully in his sixth straight contest. He has walked at least once in four straight games.
Diaz is the International League’s leading hitter with both a .340 batting average and .419 on-base percentage. During his 26 games at Double-A Akron prior to his promotion back to Columbus in May, Diaz hit .286 with a .445 OBP. He had a triple, two homers, and 14 RBI for the RubberDucks.
He signed with the Indians out of Cuba on September 20, 2013. He made his pro debut the following season at High-A Carolina with a .286/.396/.367 slash over 76 games. He spent nearly all of last season with Akron, hitting .315 with a .412 OBP and .408 slugging percentage in 132 games before finishing the year with four games in Columbus. He returned to Akron to start the 2016 season after the Indians signed third baseman Juan Uribe, pushing Giovanny Urshela back to Triple-A. Diaz got regular work with the RubberDucks at the hot corner until Urshela landed on the seven-day disabled list in early May.
Diaz is the second member of the Clippers to receive a weekly award this season. Urshela was named the IL’s Batter of the Week for games played between April 25 and May 1.
Diaz has spent time at third base, second base, and all three outfield spots this season (but just two innings in center). He will now be joined on the Clippers roster by a pair of former teammates from Akron, Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, as the prospects wait their turns to get their calls to The Show.
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