Cuban-born Aledmys Diaz Serrano plays shortstop for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Before defecting to the United States in 2012, he competed for the Naranjas de Villa Clara in the Cuban National Series.
Diaz was born on August 1, 1990, in Santa Clara, Cuba so he is a Cuban by nationality. His mother is a Cuban while his father Rigoberto Diaz is a Mexican.
Daiz joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014, and in 2016, he made his Major League Baseball debut. Additionally, he has represented the Toronto Blue Jays.
Daz was friends with and shared a street with future Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher José Fernández when they were children in Santa Clara, Cuba. They were on the same childhood baseball team, and Fernández’s mother was pushed to take Dáz to the game by his father and uncle.
Daz represented the Naranjas de Villa Clara, a team based in Santa Clara, in the Serie Nacional de Béisbol (Cuban National Series), the country’s main amateur baseball league.
On March 9, he agreed to a $4 million, four-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was added to the major league roster by the Cardinals on April 5, 2016, to replace injured outfielder Tommy Pham, who had left Opening Day two days earlier. On the same day as his call-up, Daz made his debut.
On December 1, 2017, the Cardinals traded outfielder Dáiz to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for J. B. Woodman, a minor leaguer.
In exchange for minor league pitcher Trent Thornton, the Blue Jays sent Dáz to the Houston Astros on November 17, 2018. Daiz, who primarily played shortstop throughout his time with the Astros, evolved into the group’s utility player.