IP 29
ERA 6.828
WHIP 1.759
BB/9 5.586
SO/9 11.172
  • Full name Thomas Nicklaus Diamond
  • Born 04/06/1983 in Metairie, LA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 250 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School New Orleans
  • Debut 08/03/2010
  • Drafted in the 1st round (10th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2004 (signed for $2,025,000).
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    Diamond was Louisiana's top high school pitching prospect three years ago, but he lasted until the Devil Rays took him in the 38th round because no team was willing to buy him away from New Orleans. Clubs began to regret that early last year, when he popped a 96 mph fastball early in his sophomore season. Diamond has continued to unleash explosive heat ever since. He dominated the Northwoods League last summer, tied a school and Sun Belt Conference record with 17 strikeouts against Arkansas State in March and ranked fifth in Division I with 125 strikeouts in 98 innings. With a strong 6-foot-2, 231-pound frame and solid mechanics, Diamond holds his mid-90s velocity deep into games. His secondary pitches have room for improvement. His slider is better than his curveball, but if he could refine the curve he could wreak havoc by changing hitters' eye level. His changeup shows promise, though he rarely uses it. Diamond could go as high as sixth overall to the Indians and won't last past the middle of the first round.

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  • Rated Best Pitching Prospect in the California League in 2005
  • Rated Best Fastball in the Texas Rangers in 2005

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