Monday April 23 5:45 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

RailCats acquire infielder Diaz in deal with Goldeyes

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Diaz began his professional baseball career with the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League last season, hitting .235 with 12 extra-base hits, 15 RBIs and two stolen bases in 32 games. The rookie infielder also scored 19 runs, drew 13 walks and finished with a .318 on-base percentage.

Diaz was a four-year starter at Southeastern University (Fla.) prior to beginning his pro career. As a senior in 2017, Diaz was a First Team NAIA All-American after hitting .415 with a nation-high 12 triples, 21 doubles, nine home runs and 57 RBIs. Diaz started 219 games over his four-year career and is the school’s career leader in triples (24) and is the school’s single-season leader in hits (100), runs (81), total bases (172), triples (12) and at bats (241).

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 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.