It was reported Saturday morning in Seattle that the Seattle Mariners were going to be recalling the power arm of Edwin Diaz from Double-A Jackson. Diaz will be replacing Cody Martin who threw four innings of relief the last two days for the Mariners. The lanky Diaz will jump right over Triple-A to join the big club for at least the next week or so until the Mariners get Tony Zych back from injury.
At 22 years old, Diaz still has a lot of growing to do as he only tips the scales at 165 pounds right now. That does not affect his pitching, however, as despite not being very big, the righty can hit as high as 99 miles per hour fairly consistently. Couple that with a nasty slider, and it is yet more proof that size does not matter as much as often perceived.
There is always concern with calling up a young pitcher too early, and the Mariners have been firsthand witnesses to that issue. But with the team’s pitchers struggling, calling up Diaz is a calculated risk, and one that was necessary. Despite not having any MLB experience, many believe that Diaz immediately becomes the Mariners’ best reliever due to his potential and what he can bring to the table right away. The hope for Seattle without a doubt is that Diaz can be the power pitcher they so desperately need coming out of the bullpen.