The Dodgers have always had a knack for landing top talent in the international free-agent market. Guys like Julio Urias, Victor Gonzalez, and Yasiel Puig are just some of their recent successes. But Los Angeles might be on the verge of adding another huge talent in Wilman Diaz.
Diaz is rated out as the best shortstop available on the International market. He is from Venezuela and playing out of the same program that produced Diego Cartaya, Los Angeles’ #5 prospect in the organization. The Dodgers are reportedly expected to sign the young shortstop, who might be the best teenager in the entire class.
Dodgers are expected to add another potential five-tool player in Venezuelan SS Wilman Diaz. Diaz is arguably the best teenager in the class.
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) January 15, 2021
Scouts view Diaz as a guy with 5-tool potential at just 17 years of age. He has demonstrated the ability to hit the ball the other way, but also features a natural loft in his pull-side swing. His ability to hit right now is what really impresses the Dodgers and teams around the big leagues at the moment.
Defensively, Diaz shows the potential to be a plus-glove with a plus-arm at shortstop. Diaz is also rated out as a fast runner with the ability to steal bases. Long-term, he will likely fill out a little bit as he is current 6-foot-2 and just over 170 lbs. If his athleticism stays the same or improves as he continues to develop, the Dodgers could have something special on their hands.
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