Elias Diaz

Elias Diaz

33-Year-Old CatcherC
Colorado Rockies
Day-To-Day
Injury Calf
2024 Fantasy Outlook
If Diaz could simply only play when the Rockies were playing at home and facing righties, he would be more rosterable. Diaz hit .293 in those situations last season with seven homers and 34 RBI which was an overwhelming amount of his overall volume last season. He did hit .258 on the road, but struggled to hit lefties in any location while receiving the majority of the time behind the dish for Colorado. Diaz is in the final year of his contract with the Rockies and there are few signs the club is interested in re-signing the veteran backstop whose last above-average offensive season came in 2018. The upside with Diaz would be him catching the perfect storm of contract year breakout combined with late catcher career breakout, but both theories require a bit of Jobu's rum to truly believe in them. The best thing we can say about Diaz is that he starts at catcher and can give you 15-ish homers. Everything else is a dart throw given his numbers over the years. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#251
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$Signed a three-year, $14.5 million contract extension with the Rockies in November of 2021.
Remains out Wednesday
CColorado Rockies
Calf
June 12, 2024
Diaz (calf) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in Minnesota.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Diaz will get another day to rest his left calf injury. The hope is that he will be ready to play Friday in Denver versus the Pirates following the Rockies' off day Thursday, but his availability for the weekend isn't guaranteed. Jacob Stallings will start at catcher Wednesday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .681 344 29 9 37 0 .244 .291 .391
Since 2022vs Right .725 779 68 19 114 1 .269 .320 .406
2024vs Left .749 61 4 1 7 0 .298 .328 .421
2024vs Right .808 155 16 4 21 0 .305 .361 .447
2023vs Left .583 143 15 4 14 0 .185 .252 .331
2023vs Right .778 383 33 10 58 1 .298 .339 .438
2022vs Left .750 140 10 4 16 0 .278 .314 .436
2022vs Right .587 241 19 5 35 0 .197 .261 .326
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .778 559 54 18 93 1 .282 .322 .456
Since 2022Away .646 564 43 10 58 0 .240 .300 .346
2024Home .820 115 10 3 21 0 .311 .348 .472
2024Away .759 101 10 2 7 0 .293 .356 .402
2023Home .755 258 24 8 38 1 .277 .318 .437
2023Away .696 268 24 6 34 0 .258 .313 .383
2022Home .783 186 20 7 34 0 .270 .312 .471
2022Away .517 195 9 2 17 0 .186 .251 .266
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Stat Review
How does Elias Diaz compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.34
 
BB Rate
6.0%
 
K Rate
17.6%
 
BABIP
.350
 
ISO
.136
 
AVG
.303
 
OBP
.352
 
SLG
.439
 
OPS
.791
 
wOBA
.345
 
Exit Velocity
87.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.9%
 
Barrels/PA
2.8%
 
Expected BA
.246
 
Expected SLG
.349
 
Sprint Speed
21.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
50.6%
 
Line Drive %
19.1%
 
Fly Ball %
30.2%
 
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Target for Cubs?
CColorado Rockies
June 12, 2024
Per Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Cubs could attempt to acquire Diaz, who is currently dealing with a calf injury, ahead of the trade deadline.
ANALYSIS
Miguel Amaya and Yan Gomes are having rough seasons both offensively and defensively for Chicago, so it'll hardly be a surprise if the organization adds a catcher this summer. Diaz has been enjoying a resurgent campaign for the Rockies with a .303/.352/.439 slash line through 55 games, and he's also been significantly improved defensively with plus-one DRS after he posted a minus-16 mark in 2023. Colorado has at times been hesitant to trade away notable pieces, but Diaz will be a free agent after the season.
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Diaz inked a three-year, $14.5 million extension with Colorado after he hit 18 home runs with a .774 OPS in 2021, but he was unable to build on that success last season. The 32-year-old had a .228/.281/.368 slash line with nine homers in 105 games during 2022, and his defense also took a major step back with minus-15 DRS. Brian Serven made his MLB debut but didn't impress offensively with a 52 wRC+, but he provided strong work behind the plate. Diaz should open 2023 with a slight edge for playing time, but his playing time is hardly secure given last season's production, and his fantasy outlook is similarly trending in the wrong direction.
In his second season with the Rockies, Diaz posted a .774 OPS, the second-highest mark of his career. He also graded out as a strong defender. As a result, he was rewarded with a three-year extension from Colorado. The backstop slashed .246/.310/.464 with a career-best 18 homers, 52 runs and 44 RBI across 106 games. Part of his success can be attributed to his improved 40.1 FB%, which is particularly important for hitters playing in Colorado's altitude. The 31-year-old also generated a career-high 16.1% HR/FB. Although Diaz continued to split time behind the dish in 2021, he appears to be the favorite for playing time over Dom Nunez, who hit .189 across 81 appearances last year. Diaz has the advantage of playing his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field, which gives him a fairly high batting-average floor relative to others at the position. If the power gains he showed last year hold, he could be a steal in leagues where two catchers are started.
Following a disappointing 2019 campaign, Diaz had the opportunity to get a fresh start with the Rockies. Even though he got to play his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field, the catcher was unable to establish himself as the team's primary catcher during most of 2020. His wOBA crept up to .302, but his BABIP fell to .275, while his Z-Contact% dropped to 84.3%. Diaz did put more balls in the air, which is certainly promising for a player in Colorado. He had a 35.8% flyball rate, and his hard-hit rate (39.6%) and barrel percentage (11.3%) both jumped during his first season with the Rockies. However, he struggled with patience once again, posting a 6.8 BB% and 20.5 K%. Diaz has shown glimpses of promise in his career and could provide late-round value if he consistently starts, but he's been unable to produce on a regular basis and should compete for playing time with Dom Nunez next year.
After a promising 2018 campaign, Diaz was unable to put the pieces together in 2019. Francisco Cervelli was released due to lingering concussion issues in August, and Diaz was unable to lock down the role of an everyday catcher. Diaz hit just .241/.296/.307 with two home runs in 101 games, down from the season before in which he hit .286/.339/.452 with 10 home runs in 82 games. The 29-year-old has above-average contact skills -- he had an 88.7 Z-Contact% and 16.9 K% last season -- but Diaz struggled with patience (6.9 BB%) and the quality connections simply were not there after he found a groove in these areas the year before. The 29-year-old showed what he was capable of in 2018 by flashing his power potential and ability to produce runs in limited opportunities, but the Pirates moved on over the winter and Diaz will have to start essentially from Square 1 with the Rockies.
Despite playing in just 82 games while serving primarily as a backup to Francisco Cervelli, Diaz was a top-20 earner at the catcher position. It was a big improvement on his previous season -- Diaz walked more (7.6%) and shaved nearly five percentage points off his strikeout rate while adding more than 10 percentage points to his hard-hit rate. With that, his power numbers and batting average improved dramatically. Statcast suggests the numbers could have been even better given the quality of his approach and contact. Diaz uses the whole field well (just a 37.7 Pull%), and while there's little in his track record to suggest this level of power is sustainable, catchers typically take longer to develop offensively, so who knows? Cervelli has another year left on his deal and will presumably remain the starter, but Cervelli has dealt with a variety of injuries. Even in a backup role, Diaz has appeal as a low-cost catching option.
After appearing for a sip of latte each of the past two seasons, Diaz received extended playing time in 2017 as regular catcher Francisco Cervelli endured an injury-riddled season. Diaz began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis before being recalled May 1. He'd ride the Pitt-Indy shuffle three more times before being called up for good on Aug. 28. Diaz makes good contact, sporting a strikeout rate in the mid-teens throughout his minor-league career, whiffing at a 19 percent clip last season in 200 plate appearances with the Pirates. Unfortunately, with little power and even less speed, Diaz doesn't take advantage of the balls he puts in play, slugging just .314 with a .091 ISO. Considering Diaz's defense is nothing special, his career path looks to be that of a backup receiver. However, with the fragile Cervelli back for the Bucs, Diaz could be pressed into action again in 2018.
Diaz missed a golden opportunity to make an impact in 2016 as he instead made two separate trips to the disabled list. First, he underwent elbow surgery in early May and didn't make his minor league season debut until July 4. He then caught one game in Pittsburgh, throwing out a baserunner in late July, before returning to the minors and later developing a season-ending bacterial infection in his leg. Diaz was a defense-first catcher until 2014, when he hit a combined .312 between Double-A and Triple-A. He doesn't hold a ton of power but he could see significant action in the big leagues in 2017 if Francisco Cervelli once again misses time due to injury.
Diaz was unable to follow up a breakout 2014 (.328/.378/.445) in 2015 (.271/.330/.382), but he did advance from Double-A to Triple-A. The 25-year-old made his major league debut in September as catching insurance but appeared in only two games as a pinch-hitter. His stock dropped a bit and 2013 No. 1 draft pick Reese McGuire looms large in the organization’s long-term plans. Still, Diaz threw out 30 percent of baserunners and offers Pittsburgh a solid potential backup to Francisco Cervelli, depending upon fellow catcher Chris Stewart’s plans.
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Held out Tuesday
CColorado Rockies
Calf
June 11, 2024
Diaz (calf) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game in Minnesota.
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Likely out for Minnesota series
CColorado Rockies
Calf
June 11, 2024
Rockies manager Bud Black suggested after Monday's 5-0 loss to the Twins that Diaz will likely miss the remaining two games of the series in Minnesota due to a strained left calf, MLB.com reports. "It's right in the belly of the calf, so we'll see," Black said of the injury Diaz suffered in the first inning of Monday's game. "He's been feeling it for a couple weeks. He's been able to manage it and [in Monday's game], I think just on that particular ground ball, out of the box, it got him. We'll see in a couple of days. Keith [Duggar, the team's head athletic trainer] wants to treat it for a day or two and see where we are."
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Nursing calf issue
CColorado Rockies
Calf
June 10, 2024
Diaz left Monday's game against the Twins due to a left calf injury, Luke Zahlmann of The Denver Gazette reports.
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Exits early Monday
CColorado Rockies
Undisclosed
June 10, 2024
Diaz (undisclosed) was removed from Monday's contest against the Twins, Luke Zahlmann of The Denver Gazette reports.
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Day off Saturday
CColorado Rockies
June 8, 2024
Diaz isn't in the Rockies' lineup Saturday against St. Louis.
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