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When the Reds needed someone to close out games, Diaz stepped up in a big way, going 10-for-14 in save opportunities while posting a 1.84 ERA and 11.73 K/9. He also had 13 holds on the season and induced a hefty 16.3 percent swinging strike rate. He boasts solid fastball velocity, did a great job limiting hard contact, posted a 99th percentile xBA, and saw both of his primary pitches post a 31+ percent whiff rate. He can get batters out with both of his pitches, and he ended the year by allowing just four earned runs over his final 24.2 innings pitched. Diaz will open the year as the team's closer, and while being the closer for the Reds may not be the most profitable, if they do win games, it likely won't be by much. Even if he wasn't a closer, he'd be a guy worth drafting, even if he does experience a bit of regression with his ERA.

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