Aledmys Diaz Serrano is a Cuban baseball player who plays as a shortstop for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Diaz was born on August 1, 1990, in Santa Clara, Cuba
He competed for the Naranjas de Villa Clara in the Cuban National Series before defecting to the United States in 2012.
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.
He signed a $4 million, four-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on March 9. On April 5, 2016, the Cardinals signed him to the major league roster, and he made his debut the same day he was called up.
On December 1, 2017, the Cardinals traded outfielder Dáiz to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for J. B. Woodman, a minor leaguer.
The Blue Jays sent Dáiz 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.