One of the young Cubans stars signed by the Dodgers is starting to shine in Rancho Cucamonga and could be the leadoff hitter of the future.
Five tool outfielder Yusniel Diaz is starting to show the skills the Dodgers thought were worth $15.5 million.
The 19 year old is hitting .300 in his last five games with two homeruns and nine RBIs after struggling early in the season.
According to Keith Law of ESPN, Diaz shows speed and the ability to hit to all fields. In spring training, he even saw Diaz single off of White Sox ace Chris Sale.
While Diaz only has one steal on the season, Diaz has used the speed to stretch two doubles into triples so far this season. As Diaz matures and figures out the pickoff moves of California League pitchers, the steals are sure to increase.
Dave Roberts loves to play small ball and has done so far this year without a true leadoff hitter. Diaz could be his true leadoff hitter in a few years if he continues to progress in the Dodgers minor league system.