I have a feeling Diaz is even BIGGER and badder than this picture from 2009.

Pittsburgh Pirates Offseason Pitching Update: Who the Hell is Jose Diaz Edition

The Pirates Chris Leroux has been one of the offseason's biggest success stories in 2011

So who the hell is Jose Diaz you ask? 

This is what he looks like….

He has pitched well in the lower minors and we will show you his dominating stats thus far this winter below.  We are also looking for some video for you.

But along with Diaz a few other Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers have performed well since the regular MLB season has ended. We took a quick look today at some of those performances.

As you know with such a small amount of innings pitched, we always focus on strikeouts and walks. Heh, off season results on the mound might not mean a great deal, but it’s better than sucking right?

Chris Leroux had 21 strikeouts and five walks in 23.2 innings. He allowed seven runs, three earned, one homer and 15 hits.

Shairon Martis has 19 strikeouts and 11 walks in 24.1 innings. He allowed nine runs, six earned, three homers and 20 hits.

Gerrit Cole had 16 strikeouts and four walks in 15 innings. He allowed six runs, five earned, one homer and 10 hits.

Nathan Baker had 16 strikeouts and 12 walks in 15.1 innings. He allowed 15 runs all earned, one homer and a ghastly 24 hits.

Jose Diaz is the big surprise for us. He has 12 strikeouts and five walks in 14.1 innings. He allowed no runs, no homers and just one hit.   That’s not a misprint, just one hit.  The bad guys have been held to a .023 average by the Toro closer who is touching the upper 90′s regularly in the Dominican Winter Leagues.

Diego Moreno has 11 strikeous and three walks in 9.2 innings. He allowed five hits, three runs all earned, no homers and five hits.

The success really tails off from there. Mike Colla struckout ten in the Arizona Fall League, but also walked ten. Tim Wood has been lit up in the DWL for nine earned runs in 10.2 innings, but Wood does have nine strikeouts.

Jovany Lopez has struckout six, walked seven in seven innings pitched. Ryan Beckman has been showing some swing and miss stuff down under, but his control has been suspect.

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Here is an article on one of the largest closers in baseball:  special ordered uniform and all:

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/sports/display.htm?storyid=106041

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