The Toronto Blue Jays continue to add depth to their roster by inking familiar face, Jonathan Diaz, to minors deal.
The Toronto Blue Jays have added more infield depth to the upper levels of their organization by agreeing to a minor league deal with Jonathan Diaz. Folks will remember him as he spent the bulk of his professional career playing in Toronto’s system.
— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) January 31, 2017
From 2006 (A-) through 2012 (AAA), Diaz played in the Blue Jays system and developed a reputation for being solid defensive addition. In 2013, the Red Sox picked him up and he saw action in 5 big league games. He came back to the Blue Jays in 2014 and 2015 and saw a total of 30 games in The Show. He played for the Yankees’ AAA team, Scranton Wilkes-Barre and won an International League championship with them last season.
He played short stop and second base for the RailRiders, with his time split almost evenly between the two spots. He did see some action in the outfield, but we shouldn’t expect him to suddenly morph into the ‘super-utility’ kind of guy. He is an up the middle infielder with a slick glove and that is what we should expect. Nothing more. Not that is anything to scoff at. Just ask Bisons GM, Mike Buczkowski
— Mike Buczkowski (@BuffaloBisonsGM) January 31, 2017
The fact remains, his bat leaves much to be desired. In his 101 games, the 31 year old hit .207/.315/.249, showing almost zero power. The light hitting infielder is almost certainly a bottom of the order bat that will fill out the Bisons roster in 2017.
That is the kind of stuff we should be looking for in these dying months (Yes!) of winter. The Bisons have a roster bereft of even warm bodies, let alone serviceable talent. As of right now, they have a grand total of ZERO infielders (or outfielders, for that matter) listed on their roster. Obviously, Spring Training will go a long way to sorting that issue out, but so to will the minor league signings that will take place in the following days.
They will resemble these kinds of moves. We should not expect that Jonathan Diaz will see much playing time in Rogers Centre, if any at all. If he does, something has gone terribly wrong for the Toronto Blue Jays. With a rather deep infield bench already at the big league level, if they have to reach as far down as Diaz, it might be time to wave the proverbial white flag.
As with all deals of this nature, we should not judge them based on the major league, on field product. Instead, this kind of news should be taken with an eye to filling out the organizational holes that exist behind the scenes, so to speak. In Buffalo, they will be looking for someone to take the field on opening day. Diaz very well could end up to be one of those who gran their glove for the Bisons. And, he won’t disappoint in that regard.
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