Yusniel Efrain Diaz…born October 7, 1996 in Havana, Cuba…has a daughter, Valerie…is a big soccer fan...his two favorite teams are FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain FC...originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 21, 2015, by Los Angeles Dodgers.
Played in 70 games for Triple-A Norfolk, slashing .251/.346/.360 with nine doubles, six homers, 34 RBI and nine stolen bases…struck out 66 times against 36 walks...Made rehab appearances with Rookie-level FCL Orioles and Advanced-A Aberdeen…played in seven combined games and went 5-for-19 with two doubles and three RBI...After being recalled by Baltimore on Aug. 1, made his Major League debut on August 2 at Texas…pinch hit for Anthony Santander and struck out in his only at-bat...Finished the season with Triple-A Norfolk and signed with the Dodgers as a free agent on Feb. 3...Smashed two homers with Triple-A Norfolk on April 7 vs. Charlotte, going 2-for-5 with two runs and four RBI on the day…batted .246/.333/.348 in August over 18 games, totaling four doubles and eight RBI...hit .391/.481/.652 with runners at first and second base in 22 games with Triple-A Norfolk, totaling 11 RBI in 23 at-bats…had his best game on Sept. 14 vs. Charlotte, going 4-for-5 with two runs and five RBI with a three-run home run…notched a five-game hit streak twice during the season: April 5-9, going 7-for-18 with two home runs and six RBI and also May 10 – June 17, 7-for-18 with two doubles and an RBI…the second five-game hit streak continued after his stint on the injured list.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Norfolk, appearing in 54 games for the Tides...Made 30 starts in right field, 10 starts in center field and seven starts in left field in 2021...Played in the Arizona Fall League following the season, appearing in seven games for the Mesa Solar Sox before being shut down due to a left shoulder strain...Spent time on the minor league Injured List with toe and quad injuries during the season.
Participated in the Orioles Alternate Training Site at Double-A Bowie...Participated in his second-straight Major League Spring Training camp with the Orioles...Hit .300 (6-for-20) with two triples, three runs scored, and two RBI in 10 Spring Training games...Added to the 40-man roster on November 20, 2020.
Started the season with Milwaukee's Double-A Biloxi, making five starts for the Shuckers before being moved to a bullpen role and making 25 relief appearances...Pitched to a 3-4 record with a 4.99 ERA (32 ER/57.2 IP) and 63 strikeouts with Bilox...Acquired by the Minnesota Twins from the Brewers in exchange for cash considerations on 7/31...Following the trade, appeared in eight games (two starts) for Double-A Pensacola, pitching to a 4.09 ERA (5 ER/11.0 IP)...Claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers from the Twins on 9/16.
Named to the 2018 SiriusXM MLB Futures Game as part of the World Team... Hit two home runs in the Futures Game, becoming only the second player in the game's 20-year history to do so... Batted a combined .285 (101-for-354) with 15 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 59 runs and 45 RBI in 97 games between Double-A Tulsa and Double-A Bowie... Recorded multi-hit games in six of his nine April games, hitting .412 (14-for-34) in the month... Homered in back-to-back games twice during the season, once each with Tulsa (6/5-6) and Bowie (8/19 20)... Scored at least one run in seven-straight games (7/22-31) and nine of 10 (7/22-8/3)... Acquired by the Orioles along with INF Rylan Bannon, RHP Dean Kremer, RHP Zach Pop, and INF Breyvic Valera from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for INF Manny Machado on 7/18... Entered the season ranked as the Dodgers No. 5 overall prospect, according to MLB.com...Was a non-roster invitee to Dodgers Spring Training.