Astros: 6 prospects selected in the LIDOM Draft including Yainer Diaz

Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Yainer Diaz will be the only Astros’ prospect to play for the Leones Del Escogido.

Diaz was the second piece in the return for Myles Straw from the Cleveland Indians, as the 22-year-old catcher has been raking in the minor-leagues. After being assigned to Low-A Fayetteville, Diaz saw a quick promotion to High-A Asheville about two weeks after being acquired.

The right-hander is slashing .310/.349/.494 across three different minor-league teams this season in 90 games. While older than most of these lower-level prospects selected, Diaz could see a quick rise through the minor-league system with more consistency in his swing.

"“He constantly wanted to become a better catcher. Whether that be on the mental side or the performance side, he was always striving to learn more and improve,” Josh Wolf, who played with Diaz in the Indians’ system, said. “When I was pitching it was really great having him back there, because I knew I could count on him to call the right pitch, or if a runner was trying to steal to throw him out. He made me feel very confident out there and trust the game plan we had.”"

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