The future is the theme of Orioles Spring Training this year, with nearly half of the club’s top prospects in camp with the team. That’s a lot of fresh faces, many of whom should arrive in Baltimore before long.
Name: Yusniel Díaz
MLB Pipeline ranking: No. 7
Signed: Nov. 21, 2015 -- LAD
MLB ETA: 2021
MLB.com: What is your favorite food?
Díaz: Pork, rice, beans and avocado.
MLB.com: What is your favorite color?
MLB.com: Who is your favorite non-baseball athlete?
Díaz: James Harden, LeBron James and Usain Bolt.
MLB.com: What is your favorite TV show?
Díaz: Anything with Kevin Hart.
MLB.com: What is your favorite movie?
Díaz: [The] Fast & The Furious. I’m looking forward to the next one.
MLB.com: What is your favorite off-field hobby?
Díaz: Spending time with my daughter. (Díaz’s first child, Valerie, was born in July.)
MLB.com: What is your go-to vacation spot?
Díaz: Jamaica. I really like visiting different places.
MLB.com: Who is your baseball role model?
Díaz: Andrew McCutchen and Mike Trout.
MLB.com: What is your favorite Minor League city so far?
Díaz: I am hopeful [Triple-A] Norfolk ... maybe I will really like it there.
MLB.com: What is the best meal you can cook?
Díaz: I can make good omelets and salads also.
MLB.com: What is your best baseball memory?
Díaz: I have some really good memories [from] Cuba before I started playing professionally. Also, when I signed and afterwards in the Minors.
MLB.com: Did you have a childhood nickname?
Díaz: ‘El Jupe.’ In Cuba, from what I heard, there is a fish with that name. Maybe I look like it; I am not sure.