Introducing Thomas Diamond

John WoelfelContributor IAugust 3, 2010

MESA, AZ - MARCH 01:  Thomas Diamond of the Chicago Cubs poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at Fitch Park on March 1, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Thomas Diamond will make his Major League debut tonight for the Chicago Cubs.  Diamond was selected 10th overall in the 2004 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers.  The once #1 prospect of the Rangers was a combined 25-9 in 2005 and 2006.

 

Diamond then was plagued by injuries.  He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007 due to a torn ligament.  The following year he made just 11 starts before undergoing ankle surgery.  In 2009, Diamond  dealt with a shoulder impingement. 

 

The Rangers ended placing Diamond on waivers and the Cubs moved quickly to claim him last September.

 

Diamond, 27, is a native of Louisiana and attended college at the University of New Orleans.  He is a big guy- 6’3”, 240 lbs.

 

Pitching for Triple-A Iowa this season, Diamond is 5-4 with a 3.16 ERA with 104 strikeouts, 46 walks, and has a 1.218 WHIP in 108 innings. 

 

Diamond will start tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers in place of the recently traded Ted Lilly.