Springfield Central shortstop Isan Diaz became the third Bay State resident, and first Massachusetts high school prospect, taken in this year's MLB Draft tonight when the Arizona Diamondbacks selected him in the second round, the 70th overall pick.
The 5-foot-10 Diaz, an ESPN Boston All-State selection a year ago, took the state by storm this spring with his flashy defensive snares and his hot bat, hitting .492/.635/.898 with four home runs and 14 RBI. Earlier tonight, he was named one of 10 finalists for ESPN Boston's annual "Mr. Baseball" award.
Earlier this spring, Diaz told ESPNBoston.com he would likely honor his commitment to the Commodores if he's not selected in the first five rounds. Tonight, he told MassLive's Mark Volain that he will turn pro.
At the next level, Diaz is generally projected to move to second base. Earlier this week, one National League scout told ESPNBoston.com Diaz has been the biggest stock riser over the last year.
"And he came out of relative obscurity, too," the scout said. "A year ago if you asked what people think about Isan's chances, I don't think many guys were gonna be like, 'Oh, he's a top-five or top-six round pick'. I don’t think they knew the name, it's hard to say, but he's gone out and done it.
"He does things with a regular ease to it -- it almost looks nonchalant, but it’s not. He makes it look easy, just the action he has, which is something guys will evaluate. It's a good trait to have, good characteristic."