Today, our minor league spotlight will look at pitcher Miller Diaz, who spent 2013 with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Diaz signed with the Mets at age 16 out of Caracas, Venezuela, and has already spent 5 seasons in the minors. He spent one year each in the VSL and DSL before spending the last two seasons in Kingsport and this year in Brooklyn.
Diaz doesn't have great size (6'1'') but he is solidly built and generates a lot of power on his fastball, throwing regularly in the mid 90's. His results were a mixed bad until this season when he made 12 starts with a 7-3 record and a 2.03 ERA and earned the start in the NYPL all-star game. He struck out 87 in 66 innings, which is a spectacular amount. However, he also walked 33 in 66 innings, which is an issue.
I had him ranked 57th in the system last winter, but heading into this offseason, he's on the cusp of the top 20 pitchers in the Mets system and a guy to watch a little closer. He'll start next year in Savannah and he'll have to start moving fast and throwing with better control if he's going to remain a starter. Realistically, he probably ends up coming out of the bullpen, but with the velocity he has, if he can develop one good secondary pitch and improve his control, he'll have a real shot at pitching in a big league bullpen.