Jose Rafael Diaz...nicknamed 'Jumbo' while in Dodgers' system, as he was one of two players named Jose Diaz.
Opened 15th professional season on Tampa Bay's Opening Day roster, and in 31 appearances with Rays posted 1-4 record and 5.70 ERA (30.0 ip/19 er)...Recorded at least one strikeout in 22 of 31 appearances with Tampa...Tallied three strikeouts and issued no walks during 4.1 scoreless inning streak to open season from April 4-9...Placed on 10-day disabled list with right arm fatigue on May 23. Made one rehab appearance with Single-A Charlotte (1.0 ip, 1 h) and was reinstated from DL on June 11...Following return from DL, made four scoreless appearances (4.0 ip) before surrendering season-high four runs over 2.0 innings on June 24 vs. Baltimore.. Designated for assignment on July 17 and signed with Houston as Minor League free agent on July 29. Assigned to Triple-A Fresno and went 1-0 with 2.92 ERA (12.1/4) in 12 appearances...Converted three straight save opportunities from August 3-26...With Fresno, held left-handed hitters to .053 average (1x19)...Appeared in 14 games with Toros del Este in Dominican Winter League following season. Owned 0-1 record with five saves and 3.27 ERA (11.0/4)...Prior to season, appeared in two games for Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic, allowing two runs over 1.2 innings.
Made 22 apps at Louisville but posted a 3.14 ERA in 45 apps during 3 stints with the Reds (Opening Day-4/18, 5/18-5/21, 6/27-remainder of the season)...was on the Reds' Opening Day roster and posted a 5.40 ERA in 8 apps before he was optioned to Louisville on 4/19, when RHP Robert Stephenson was promoted to start in place of injured RHP Alfredo Simon...after 10 scoreless relief apps at Louisville returned to Cin...from 5/18-5/21 made 3 more relief apps before he was optioned back to Louisville following the game on 5/21 in a series of roster moves involving 8 players...returned for his third stint in Cin on 6/27, after the Angels claimed off waivers RHP JC Ramirez, and finished the season with the Reds by posting a 2.18 ERA in 34 apps after that promotion...from 9/7-9/23 produced a season-high 8-game scoreless streak (8.2ip, 7h, 1bb, 9k)...made his only career plate appearance in the 18-9 loss on 8/22 vs LAD...hit into a fielder's choice...following the season pitched for Toros del Este in the Mexican Winter League (9g, 1-0, 2.35, 3sv, 3svo, 7.2ip, 11h, 1bb, 7k, 1hr).
In his second Major League season made 61 apps during 2 stints with the Reds (Opening Day-6/6, 7/17-remainder of the season)...in 36 apps after he was promoted from Louisville following the All-Star break posted a 2.65era...in the 9-8 win on 9/15 at SF threw a scoreless 10th inning for his only Major League save...earned his first Major League victory in the 5-2 Opening Day win vs Pit and his second in the 4-3 win vs SF on 5/14...from 7/27-8/21 produced career-high 12.1-inning scoreless streak, a stretch that also included a career-best 11 consecutive scoreless apps (7/27-8/19)...on 8/5 vs StL recorded a career-high 5 strikeouts, tied with Aroldis Chapman for the most by a Reds reliever in a game all season...retired 44-61 first batters faced, stranded 12-16 inherited runners and converted 1-5 save opps...was on the Reds' Opening Day roster and posted a 6.65era in 25 relief apps before he was optioned to Louisville on 6/7, when RHP Nate Adcock was promoted...in 13 apps for the Bats posted a 1.13era and converted 8-9 save opps...prior to his second-half promotion didn't allow a run in his last 12 apps for Louisville (15ip)...following the season pitched for Este in the Dominican Winter League (10g, 2-0-2, 2.53, 10.2ip, 9h, 2bb, 14k).
Posted a 1.35era in 30 relief apps for Class AAA Louisville and in his Major League debut pitched in 36g for the Reds...was the fifth-oldest rookie to make his Major League debut in 2014...as one of the club's final roster moves of spring training, the non-roster invitee was reassigned to Louisville the day before Opening Day...was leading the International League with 18 saves in 19 chances when he was promoted on 6/20...that night vs Tor, at age 30, made his Major League debut after 340 minor league apps beginning in 2002...posted a 2.67era in 35 apps for the Reds after that debut, when he allowed to the Blue Jays a season-high 3 earned runs in 1.0 inning...stranded 16-19 inherited baserunners...on 6/24 at Cubs recorded his ?rst 2 career strikeouts (Mike Olt, Ryan Sweeney)...although he spent half the season with the Reds, his 18 saves for the Bats led that club while ranking third among the organization's minor leaguers and T4th in the International League...following the season pitched for Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League (8g, 1-0-1, 2.70, 6.2ip, 1h, 4bb, 6k).
In his first season in the organization led Class AAA Louisville in saves while posting a sterling 1.66era in 44 relief apps...converted 13 saves in 14 chances while opponents hit just .181...converted his last 12 save opps...his 13 saves tie J.J. Hoover (2012) and Jordan Smith (2012) for the most by a Bats closer since Jon Adkins had 30 saves in 2008...stranded 15-9 inherited baserunners...didn't allow a run until his 10th appearance of the season, on 5/13 vs Buffalo...on 7/4 at Indianapolis was ejected after hitting Ivan DeJesus with a pitch and was suspended for 3g...became a minor league free agent following the season but was re-signed to a minor league contract on 9/13...pitched for Toros del Este and Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League (21g, 1-0, 2.70, 20ip, 20h, 11bb, 17k).
Ranked third among Orioles farmhands with 23 saves.
At Class A Frederick finished third in the Carolina League with 12 saves.
At Class AA Frisco was a mid-season Texas League All-Star.
Upon recovering from Tommy John surgery, appeared in 14 games for Single-A Vero Beach and did not allow an earned run in 15.2 innings...fanned 18 batters and walked 12 ... Allowed three unearned runs and took the loss, his only decision on Aug. 14 ... Made two appearances, including one rehab start for the Gulf Coast Dodgers.
Led Dodger minor leaguers with a combined 20 saves for Single-A Columbus (14) and Single-A Vero Beach (6), despite missing the final six weeks with a right elbow sprain ... Between the two teams, posted a 2.00 ERA, limited opponents to a .172 batting average (28-for-163) and compiled 74 strikeouts in 47.0 innings, an average of 14.8 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranked third among all minor leaguers ... Recognized by Baseball America
as being the best reliever and as having the best fastball in the South Atlantic League ... Selected to pitch in the SAL All-Star Game ... Did not allow an earned run over 17 outings for Columbus from April 18-May 29, a span of 20.1 innings...collected 11 saves during that stretch ... Picked up saves in first four appearances upon joining Vero Beach on June 19, hurling 6.0 shutout innings.
Appeared in just seven games for Single-A South Georgia.
Pitched for three different affliates, combining for a 5-3 record and 2.82 ERA in 16 games, covering 60.2 innings ... Started season with the Gulf Coast League Dodgers and was 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 10 games, limiting opponents to a .174 batting average ... Ranked by Baseball America
as the fifth-best prospect in the GCL...allowed no earned runs in first 18.2 innings.
Led Dodger short-season minor leaguers in wins (8) and games (28).