Elias Díaz’s first experience with Triple-A was that. He started as a catcher for the West in the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game.
Before being substituted by fellow Venezuelan Ramon Cabrera, he failed to get a hit against Taylor Rogers and Robby Scott. Only Josh Bell had a higher average among the Pirates farmhands.
He was ranked as the greatest defensive backstop in the EL by Baseball America. He was third in the Eastern League on average at the time of his promotion to AAA, but he was not eligible at year’s end.
He received honors as the EL All-Star catcher and the Altoona team’s MVP. He was recognized as an All-Star for the MiLB.com Organization and a Rising Star for the Arizona Fall League (he hit .260/.383/.380 for the Scottsdale Scorpions).
He has a .163/.321/.256 batting line with Margarita in 2014 and 2015. Since Tony Sanchez, a previous first-round choice, shared time behind the plate with Diáz in 2015, playing time for Indianapolis was more difficult to come by.
In 2015, he was chosen for the Futures Game (Bell was the only Pirate farmhand chosen), taking Gary Sanchez’s place as the World team’s catcher in the sixth inning.
In a 10-1 defeat, he grounded out against Colin Rea and flew out against Sean Newcomb. The Maracaibo native began for the International League in the 2015 AAA All-Star Game.
How Old Is Elias Díaz?
Elias Díaz is 31 years old. He was born on November 17, 1990.