Lansing Lugnuts RHP Yennsy Diaz was named the Midwest League Player of the Month for April on Thursday.
Here is what Minor League Baseball wrote about him in its press release about the April players of the month:
Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) right-hander Yennsy Diaz dominated the Midwest League in April, going 3-0 with a 0.31 ERA in five starts (one earned run in 28.2 innings) as he allowed only six hits (four singles, a double and a home run). Diaz did not allow more than two hits in any of his five starts and has not allowed an extra-base hit in his last three starts. Only two runners have reached third base in his last 15 innings pitched (both were stranded there). Diaz, 21, was signed by Toronto out of Azua, Dominican Republic, on May 29, 2015.
Diaz is one of the players I included in an exclusive-content Patreon post I wrote earlier this week about strong April performances in the Midwest League. (You can read the entire post here.) This is what I wrote about Diaz:
Diaz arguably was the best starting pitcher in the Midwest League in April. He leads the league in ERA (0.31) and WHIP (0.66), is tied for the lead in wins (3), and is third in strikeouts (29). He gave up only one earned run last month (a solo homer by Fort Wayne TinCaps outfielder Jack Suwinski) and held opponents to a .063 batting average. The one aspect of his game that sticks out like a sore thumb is walks — he issued 13 of them last month. Otherwise the 21-year-old Dominican righty has shown dramatic improvement from last season, when he had a 4.79 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, a .249 opponents’ batting average, 82 strikeouts and 41 walks in 77 innings/16 starts for the Lugnuts.
Diaz was ranked No. 30 among Blue Jays prospects in the 2018 Baseball America Prospect Handbook. (Read my preseason preview of the Lugnuts, focused on Diaz and six other players, here.)