Jairo Diaz, rhp
The flame-throwing Diaz spent the first two years of his career behind the plate, but a light bat coupled with a strong arm prompted a move to the mound in 2010. His triple-digit fastball and nasty slider carried him from high Class A Inland Empire to Anaheim in 2014. Diaz notched 15 saves and recorded 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors. Diaz shortened his arm action significantly in 2014, adding deception, helping him repeat his delivery and producing better velocity. He has a blazing, plus-plus fastball that sits 97-98 mph and hits 100 at times. He throws from a high-three-quarters delivery, and his fastball is more notable for its velocity than its command and below-average life.
|Inland Empire (CAL)||HiA||2||3||4.78||29||4||32||31||18||17||2||10||37||.244|
|Los Angeles (AL)||MAJ||0||0||3.18||5||0||6||4||2||2||0||3||8||.200|
Josh Rutledge, 2b/ss
The Angels are expected to have Rutledge compete with Grant Green for Kendrick’s vacated spot at second base. A third-round pick from Alabama in 2010, the righthanded hitter played short when Troy Tulowitzki was out and played second as well this season.
Rutledge is a career .259 hitter in parts of three seasons with the Rockies, but began his Rockies’ career in July 2012 with a hot streak, hitting .375 with 13 extra-base hits (five home runs, two triples and six doubles) in his first 18 games. At bat, he takes a quick, flat path to the ball and uses the whole field. He has good balance.
|Colorado Springs (PCL)||AAA||.333||15||54||7||18||3||0||1||5||7||12||3||.413||.444|