2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect No. 16: Edwin Diaz

Edwin Diaz, RHP, AZL Mariners (Rookie, average age 19.4 in 2012)

6-2, 160 lbs, 19 years old

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Acquired: 2012 Amateur Draft (3rd Round)

2012 Ranking: Unranked

ETA: 2016

The 2012 draft may go down as one of the better ones in the Jack Zduriencik era, because after Mike Zunino the Mariners took high-ceiling guys like Joe DeCarlo, Edwin Diaz, and Tyler Pike. The team manipulated the new rookie slotting rules well, and Diaz may never be a star, but he’s got a high velocity arm with potential to be a high leverage reliever. At only 160 lbs there’s serious concern about whether or not Diaz can handle the rigors as a starting pitcher, or even extended use out of the bullpen. Of course, he’s entering only his age-19 season, and making huge, sweeping generalizations about a player with Diaz’s stuff after only 19 innings pitched is often unwise. Not that Diaz will be Pedro Martinez, but he has a ton of chance to redefine his upside.

Potential (of 40): 28

Probability of Success (of 30): 9

Positional value (of 20): 13

Character (of 10): 12

OVERALL: 60

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  • maqman

    The boy needs a bunch of good food, followed by trips to the weight room.