Saturday January 20 10:14 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Former RailCat Diaz selected in MLB Rule 5 Draft

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Diaz went 2-1 with four saves, four holds and a 3.83 ERA in 21 games (three starts) for the RailCats before signing with the Miami Marlins. The southpaw led all Gary pitchers with a .164 opponents batting average and struck out 62 batters while walking just 17 in 42.1 innings. In 18 relief appearances, Diaz was 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

Diaz didn’t allow a run in five appearances between the Gulf Coast League Marlins and the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Class-A). In 6.1 innings, Diaz allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out seven batters and holding opposing hitters to a .130 batting average.

Diaz signed with the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent at the age of 20 in 2012 and began his professional baseball career that summer with the Dominican Summer League Indians. In his first season of pro ball, Diaz went 2-5 with a 1.59 ERA in 12 games (11 starts). In 51 innings, Diaz struck out 49 hitters and yielded just 28 hits and 25 walks.

In 2013, Diaz went 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA in 11 relief appearances for the Arizona League Indians. The left-hander struck out 15 batters in 13 innings and held opposing hitters to a .255 batting average.

The Gary SouthShore RailCats open the 2018 season at U.S. Steel Yard on Friday, May 18th vs. the St. Paul Saints. Ticket packages for the 2018 Gary SouthShore RailCats season are available online at www.railcatsbaseball.com and can also be purchased by calling the RailCats ticket line at (219) 882-BALL. The RailCats box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.