The Arizona Diamondbacks traded minor league shortstop Isan Diaz to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday in a deal that sent Jean Segura to Arizona, per Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The move was spurred by the fact that the Brewers needed to make room for talented shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia, whom MLB.com ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect for 2016. Diaz also played second base in the Diamondbacks system and was the 70th overall pick in the 2014 draft out of high school, per Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Brewers general manager David Stearns commented on the addition of Diaz, per Haudricourt. "We are excited to be able to add Isan Diaz to our growing supply of high-upside minor league talent," he said.
Diaz should not be an afterthought in this trade, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:
Quite a few executives are big fans of Isan Diaz, the 19-year-old SS the Brewers got back in Jean Segura deal. David Stearns doing work.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 30, 2016
His 2015 rookie-ball season with the Missoula Osprey was impressive. Diaz slashed .360/.436/.640 with 13 homes runs, 51 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 68 games. MiLB.com shared a replay of a three-run home run the sweet-swinging left-hander hit:
If Arcia turns into the major leaguer many expect him to, Diaz may need to move to second base to become an everyday player in Milwaukee. However, Haudricourt noted Arcia may not be ready to make an immediate impact.
It's clear Diaz is in Milwaukee's future plans, considering the team gave up a bona fide starter in Segura, even if it means he's an insurance policy for Arcia.