DEREK DIAMOND, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: January 4, 2001
Drafted: 6th Round, 170th Overall, 2022
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Mississippi
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates are gambling that Diamond will revert to the pitcher he was in 2021. He was ranked 210th by Baseball America and was unranked by MLB.com. As a sophomore he threw 92-97 mph with an above-average slider. As a junior his velocity was down to the low-90s or lower and the slider was less effective. His ERA shot up from 5.26 to 6.89, and his K/9 dropped from 9.80 to 7.85. He didn’t pitch at all in the College World Series in Omaha in 2022. Diamond’s control and athleticism are good, but he’s obviously a project. He signed for exactly the slot amount.
Diamond got into three games in the FCL.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the Pirates try to develop Diamond as a starter.