One of the benefits of having so many pitching prospects the last couple of years is several prospects that would have more of a spotlight and pressure on them, don’t. Miller Diaz is one of those prospects. Joining the Mets as an international free agent at the age of 17, the now 22 year old has been with the Mets since the 2009 season. Overall in the minors he is 22-13 with a 2.96 ERA.
He first started playing in American minor league’s in 2011. He had a 4.32 ERA over 11 games and 7 starts with a 4.32 ERA between the Gulf Coast League and Kingsport. The following year he posted a 3.56 ERA over 11 games in Kingsport and then one start in Savannah. The year after he was sent to Brooklyn over 13 games and 12 starts with a 7-3 record and a 2.02 ERA. He was rewarded last year with a promotion back to Savannah where he was 6-1 over 13 games and a 2.25 ERA.
Miller Diaz doesn’t have an incredible high ceiling, maybe back of a rotation starter or long man in the bullpen, but now that he has two consecutive, promising statistical seasons, he may be able to move quickly through the minors to a debut. In his last two seasons he has been able to keep his WHIP down and increase his strikeout numbers, if he can continue to do that, we may start to see him creep into top 20 Mets prospects conversations.