Indianapolis Indians backstop Elias Diaz has been voted as the top catcher in the International League for the 2015 season. The standout prospect garnered the honors via his third All-Star selection of the year, today adding “IL Postseason All-Star” to his already impressive haul of accolades.
Diaz, the league’s lone nomination at the catcher position, also participated in this year’s Futures Game during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend and was the starting catcher for the IL at the 2015 Triple-A Midsummer Classic.
“Diaz is a great kid who worked hard all year,” former big league catcher and current Indians hitting coach, Butch Wynegar, said. “He had fire to get better and he had a good, solid year. I’m really proud of him.”
The 24-year-old native of Venezuela was recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday after batting .271 with 24 extra-base hits, 33 runs scored and 47 RBIs in 93 games with the Indians. He set a career high with four triples and finished with his second-best totals in hits (88), runs driven in and total bases (124).
Working behind the plate, Diaz also helped call games for a pitching staff which currently owns a league-best 3.05 ERA through action of Sept. 1. In addition, the backstop finished his Triple-A tenure with just seven errors in 433 total chances, good for a .984 fielding percentage, and cut down 14 of 46 runners attempting to steal, which would have ranked third among IL backstops if Diaz had appeared in enough games to qualify for the leader board.
Since his professional debut in 2009, Diaz has now earned selections as a 2014 Eastern League Mid and Postseason All-Star, 2014 Arizona Fall League All-Star, 2015 Futures Game participant and 2015 IL Mid and Postseason All-Star.
He is also just the fourth Indians catcher named to both IL All-Star squads, and the first since Tony Sanchez in 2013.