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Amalio Diaz

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Amalio Jose Diaz Fermin

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 170 lb.
  • High School Pedro Maria Freitas (as per 2011 Angels Media Guide)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Amalio Diaz has pitched as high as AAA.

Diaz signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as an undrafted free agent; the scouts were Carlos Porte and Amador Arias. He had a superb first summer, going 6-0 with a 1.13 ERA and .150 opponent average for the 2004 DSL Angels. In 2005, he was 4-2 with 4 saves and a 4.31 ERA for the AZL Angels. That winter, he made his Venezuelan League debut, posting a 6.23 ERA in 3 games for the Caribes de Anzoategui. He bounced around the Angels chain in 2006, appearing for four teams - the AZL Angels (0-1, 5 R in 6 IP), Orem Owlz (0-2, 3.38), Cedar Rapids Kernels (2-1, 5.18, .357 opponent average) and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (3-0, 1.52), not pitching more than 7 games for any of the four teams. In 2006-2007, he had a 2-4, 4.02 record for the Caribes.

Amalio split 2007 between Cedar Rapids (3-6, Sv, 4.47, .341 opponent average), Rancho Cucamonga (6.27, 1.90 WHIP in 9 G) and the Arkansas Travelers (0-2, 4.58). In the winter, he had a 3-1, 4.14 record for Anzoategui. In '08, he pitched again for the Quakes (7-4, 4.28) and Travelers (3-4, 4.40). He tied Robert Fish and Trevor Reckling for 5th among Angels farmhands in wins behind Sean O'Sullivan, Anthony Ortega, Michael Anton and Shane Loux. He fell to 0-4, 6.37 for the 2008-2009 Caribes, walking 23 in 29 2/3 IP.

With Arkansas in 2009, Diaz went 3-7 with a 3.65 ERA. That winter, he pitched for both the Caribes (0-2, 4.76) and the Aguilas del Zulia (3 shutout innings). In 2010, he again had a split season, this time with Arkansas (2 Sv, 2.29 in 10 G, .61 WHIP) and the Salt Lake Bees (5-6, Sv, 5.68, .310 opponent average). He was stellar as Zulia's closer in 2010-2011, going 3-3 with 9 saves and a 1.67 ERA. He was third in the Venezuelan League in saves, trailing Ronald Belisario and Dan Cortes.

In 2011, Amalio spent all year with Salt Lake, going 4-2 with a 5.85 ERA and walking 37 in 60 innings, worse control than in the past.