EAST -LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State baseball player Indigo Diaz was categorized as Major League Baseball Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Year.
Diaz, a right-handed relief pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization, posted a 6-2 record with a 1.20 ERA in 45 IPs with the High-A Rome Braves and Double-A Mississippi Braves, helping the Mississippi to the Double-A South Championship. Diaz logged 83 strikeouts, with a 47.4 percent strikeout rate, which ranked the top among all Minor Leaguers with at least 40 innings pitched, which was his 1.42 FIP, while his 1.20 ERA ranked seventh. He gave only 16 rounds and held the opposition to just a .135 average against him, recording a 0.82 WHIP. Diaz did not allow a earned race in 27 of his 32 regular seasons between the two levels.
Ranked No. 21 in the Braves ‘organization, Diaz was the only Braves’ representative on the first team list with 12 players. This year’s MLB Pipeline Prospect Team
Diaz, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was selected in the 27th round of the 2019 draft by the Atlanta Braves. Diaz led MSU and ranked eighth in the top ten statistics for the regular season with seven saves. The seven saves are also number nine on the Spartans’ one-season save list. He recorded 51 strikeouts in 44.0 IP, after converting to MSU’s closer part of the season after making four starts. Diaz finished with 25 appearances, ranked number 13 in B1G during the season. He also ranked as number 11 in the B1G only action with two series saves.
In his last 20 appearances, Diaz fired 31 strikeouts, including four that ended matches and sealed victories for MSU, highlighted by the third of hitting the side on the ninth of April 9 at Notre Dame.
Diaz collected his seven saves in a span of 16 appearances, along with earning two wins and was part of two combined finishes. Diaz did not allow any kind of race in 16 of his 21 total reliefs, including a stretch of 13 in a row.
Michigan State baseball has had 35 draft picks under the head coach Jake Boss Jr., last with Mason erla was selected in the 17th round (pick number 501) by the Los Angeles Angels in MLB Draft in 2021.
The Spartans had four players drafted in the 2019 MLB draft: Mitchell Tyranski was selected in the 12th round (pick number 371 total) by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Indigo Diaz was selected in the 27th round (pick number 871 total) by the Atlanta Braves and Marty Bechina was selected in the 32nd round (pick number 974 in total) by Oakland Athletics.
In 2018, Riley McCauley was selected in the 14th round (pick number 428 in total) by the Chicago Cubs. In 2017, three former MSU players were selected MLB Draft: Alex Troop (Washington, ninth round, 283 overall), Brandon Hughes (Chicago Cubs, 16th round, 495 overall), Nathan Witt (Los Angeles Dodgers, 17th round, 520 total) and Joe Mockbee (Chicago White Sox, 29th round, 867 total).
MSU had four juniors selected in the 2016 draft: Cam Vieaux (sixth round, Pittsburgh), Jordan Zimmerman (seventh round, Los Angeles Angles), Dakota Mekkes (10th round, Chicago Cubs) and Matt Byars (24th round, Minnesota). The year before, eight players were taken to school in 2015: Cam Gibson (fifth round, Detroit), Ryan Krill (ninth round, New York Yankees), Anthony Misiewicz (18th round, Seattle), Cam Vieaux (19th round, Detroit ), Jeff Kinley (Round 28, Miami), Mick VanVossen (Round 28, Washington), Blaise Salter (Round 31, Detroit) and Mark Weist (Round 37, San Francisco).