Arizona Diamondbacks’ infield prospect Isan Diaz made some history today hitting for the fifth cycle in Missoula Osprey history as part of a 13-2 blowout victory over the Billings Mustangs, the Cincinnati Reds minor league affiliate.
Trevor Mitsui hit the last Osprey cycle before today’s against Grand Junction on July 17th, 2014. Diaz’s cycle was the third in the Pioneer League this season.
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Diaz doubled down the right field line in the first inning to start off his day at the plate, and we come around to score the first run for Missoula. The Osprey would score two in the inning, giving an early indication of what kind of day it would be.
Diaz struck out and popped out to second in his next two at bats. Rarely does a player in any baseball game hit for a cycle after being 1 for 3 in their first three at bats, but that is exactly what Diaz did.
The Osprey’s shortstop hit his ninth home run of the season in the sixth inning. He then tripled and drove in a run in the seventh, and in the ninth he came up to the plate needing a single to complete the cycle.
Diaz completed it driving in a run with a single past third base and Diaz’s magical season at the plate continued.
If you don’t know who Diaz is now, you need to know his name starting right now.
Diaz has torn up the Pioneer League during his first professional season at just the age of 19.
In 103 games he has 109 hits and is hitting .351/.424/.604 with a 1.029 OPS, 18 2B, 6 3B, 9 HR, 43 RBI, and 11 SB.
His .351 average is second in the Pioneer League, and he is third in slugging and OPS.
It’s clear that Diaz is a special talent, and the Pioneer League is too easy for him.
Diaz was drafted in the second round (70th overall) in the 2014 MLB First Year Player June draft by the D-backs out of Springfield Central High School in Springfield, Massachusetts.
He committed to Vanderbilt University before being drafted, and he was ranked as the 150th overall prospect by MLB.com prior to the Draft.
Its clear that the D-backs have a special talent in Diaz, and watch for him to move up to the next level soon.
Here is video of Diaz hitting a three run homer against Grand Junction earlier this month.
Pioneer League pitchers have had nothing on him this season.