The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed first baseman Lewin Diaz off waivers from the Miami Marlins, the team announced Tuesday night. In a corresponding move, Pittsburgh designated utilityman Hoy Park for assignment.
Diaz, 26, played parts of the past three seasons in Miami following his August 2020 debut. A lefty batter who also throws with his left, Diaz contributed a -0.5 WAR to the Marlins by slashing .169/.224/.288 and a collective .512 OPS.
He hit four doubles, five home runs, and drove in 11 in 160 at-bats spanning 58 games during the 2022 season. Diaz’s overall numbers combine to total 10 doubles, 13 home runs, 57 RBI, and a lifetime .181 batting average. His best season was 2021, hitting over the Menzoda Line at .205 and smashing a career-high eight round-trippers.
Lewin Díaz launches his first big league walk-off home run! pic.twitter.com/eK6l7RSsoi— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 19, 2021
It’s a tale of two careers for Diaz between the big leagues and Triple-A. Over 156 games the past two seasons, Diaz combined to hit 34 doubles, 39 home runs, and 105 RBI. His average hovered around .250 both years. He was the Marlins’ No. 8 prospect in 2020 and projected as a 55-grade hitter and fielder on a 20-80 scouting scale.
Acquired from the New York Yankees as part of the Clay Holmes trade, Park hit .216 this past season in 23 games, hitting two homers and driving in six. A versatile defender capable of playing the infield and outfield, Park owns a career .201 MLB average and never found a consistent swing to stick in the lineup. He could clear waivers and remain a Pirate in Triple-A if not claimed.
Diaz joins recently acquired lefty Ji-Man Choi at a position the Bucs desperately need improvement from. Expect Miguel Andujar to also be a factor and contribute as the designated hitter able to drive the baseball.