RHP Jose Diaz -- Prospect #21

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Name- JOSE RAFAEL DIAZ
Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence- LaRomana, D.R.
DOB- Feb. 27, 1984
Ht- 6-4
Wt- 290
B/T- R/R
05 Club - Gulf Coast Dodgers (Rookie), Vero Beach (High A)

Diaz came back from elbow surgery in the fast lane with his heat often close to 100 mph. He complements that with a nasty slider and ignores a changeup for throwing off-speed is not for him. He started his rehab with a few innings in the Gulf Coast League, then quickly went across Dodgertown to the Vero Beach where in 15.2 innings he didn't allow an earned run, held batters to a paltry .118 average and struck out 13 of them. Quite impressive , so much so that it gained him a slot on the 40-man roster.

The big concern is his weight for he's earned the nickname "Jumbo" honestly. As the pounds crept up close to 300 , he was ordered to pare off at least 20 of those by spring training and has been monitored in his endeavors by the Campo Las Palmas staff throughout the off-season. Anybody who throws as hard as he can is very definitely an object of intense scrutinity . If he can maintain his health and watch his diet, he could climb quickly. He's expected to open the season at Jacksonville.

Previous Selections #22 -- 2B Travis Denker
#23 -- LHP Derek Thompson
#24 -- 1B Cory Dunlap

#25 -- SS Ivan DeJesus
#26 -- OF John Raglani
#27 -- LHP Ryan Ketchner
#28 -- OF Justin Ruggiano
#29 -- OF Jamie Hoffman

#30 -- RHP Chris Malone
#31 -- OF Cody Ross
#32 -- RHP Josh Wall
#33 -- SS Juan Rivera
#34 -- RHP Steve Johnson

#35 -- SS Scott Van Slyke
#36 -- OF John Melon
#37 -- LHP Brent Leach
#38 -- RHP Jesus Castillo
#39 -- LHP Eric Stults

#40 -- OF Xavier Paul
#41 -- LHP Miguel Sanfler
#42 -- 3B Josh Bell
#43 -- RHP Jordan Pratt
#44 -- OF Sergio Pedroza

#45 -- RHP Julio Pimentel
#46 -- 1b-1B Eduardo Perez
#47 -- RHP James McDonald
#48 -- OF Brian Myrow
#49 -- LHP Danny Muegge

#50 -- RHP Miguel Ramirez
#51 -- OF Ryan Carter
#52 -- RHP Casey Hoorelbeke
#53 -- OF Trayvon Robinson
#54 -- RHP Ramon Troncoso

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