Edwin Díaz was raised in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, in the Daguao barrio. He began playing baseball at the age of seven, mostly as a center fielder.
Diaz began his career as an outfielder in Puerto Rico, among players like Carlos Correa and José Berroa. As a teenager, he hesitantly attempted throwing at the request of his father.
Diaz was a relief pitcher, especially a closer, for the Puerto Rican national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, winning a silver medal.
During the tournament, he made two saves, one against the Dominican Republic and the other against the United States, both in the second round.
In the semifinal game against the Netherlands, he scored in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Puerto Rico a 4–3 victory.
The Mariners transferred Diaz, Robinson Canó, and $20 million to the New York Mets on December 3, 2018, in exchange for Jay Bruce, Jarenic, Anthony Swarzak, Gerson Bautista, and Justin Dunn. On Opening Day against the Washington Nationals, he made his first save as a Met.
Diaz allowed more than twice as many hits per nine innings in the first half of the 2019 season as he did in the first half of the 2018 season, and his ERA+ plummeted from 210 in 2018 to 74 in the first half of the 2019 season.
David Roth of Deadspin termed Diaz’s slide as “probably the most drastic and shocking” of any player’s decline to that time in the 2019 MLB season.
How Tall Is Edwin Díaz?
Edwin Díaz is 6 feet 3 inches tall.