Pirates Prospect Interview: Elias Diaz

After batting .328 last season at Class AA Altoona, 24-year-old Venezuelan catcher Elias Diaz has quickly transformed into one of the most promising and pro-ready prospects in the organization. Diaz will start the season at Triple A Indianapolis. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with the catcher at spring training.

GVB – You spent time with the big club before being sent to minor league camp. Do you feel you had a good spring?

ED – It was good, I had fun every day and tried to learn every day and get better every day.

GVB – You have progressed through the system nicely, have you been pleased with that progress?

ED – You know I've been working on my approach and my gain. I have improved and I had a chance to show that in camp. I'm just giving it everything that I've got.

GVB – Is the main thing with you handling the pitchers and defense?

ED – Yeah, that's the most important thing for a catcher. I want to help our pitchers and give you everything behind the plate. I try to make the pitchers better.

GVB – To work hard at getting to know your pitchers?

ED – Yes, you have to know the different pitchers and how they like to throw and how they like you to call the game, and call pitches in different situations. You have to know every person.

GVB – Have you been pleased with your progress at the plate and the offense you have provided?

ED – If you take care of your defense your hitting is going to come. You have to keep working and do what you have to do and trust in your ability.

GVB – You aren't shy about showing off your arm, you threw out some runners with the big club during spring training.

ED – I’m a risk all the time. If a runner gives me a chance to throw them out, I'm going to throw them out.

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