Robinzon Díaz

Robinzon Díaz Henriquez (born September 19, 1983) is a Dominican former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the bullpen catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2017 to 2020.

Robinzon Díaz
Robinzon Díaz on July 27, 2013.jpg
Díaz during his tenure with the Nashville Sounds
Catcher / Coach
Born: (1983-09-19) September 19, 1983 (age 37)
Monte Plata, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 2008, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
July 10, 2009, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average.281
Home runs1
Runs batted in20
As Player

As Coach

Professional careerEdit

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On April 23, 2008, Díaz made his Major League debut with the Toronto Blue Jays against the Tampa Bay Rays and went 0–4 with a strikeout.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

Díaz playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009

On August 25, 2008, Díaz was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates as the player to be named later to complete a trade for José Bautista and was assigned to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.[1] After spending several days with Indianapolis, he was called up by the Pirates on September 2. On September 7, 2008, Díaz got his first major league hit, against San Francisco Giants pitcher Jonathan Sánchez.

Díaz began the 2009 season in Triple-A but was recalled to the Pirates late in April after starting catcher Ryan Doumit became sidelined with a broken wrist. He would serve mainly as backup to fellow rookie catcher Jason Jaramillo and as an occasional pinch hitter. In his 31 games with Pittsburgh, Díaz compiled a .295 batting average and drove in 18 runs. He was optioned back to Triple-A when Doumit returned from injury on July 10.

He was designated for assignment at the end of the 2009 season, and released on November 30, 2009.

Detroit TigersEdit

Díaz with the Detroit Tigers in 2010 spring training

On December 8, 2009, he was signed to a contract by the Detroit Tigers.[2]

Díaz spent the 2010 season as a member of the Toledo Mud Hens, wearing #26. He filed for free agency on November 6, 2010.

Texas RangersEdit

On January 18, 2011, he was signed to a minor league contract by the Texas Rangers.[3]

He also played for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League.

Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimEdit

Diaz signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on December 23, 2011. He was released on August 7, 2012.

Return to TexasEdit

The Rangers re-signed Diaz to a minor league contract on August 12, 2012, and assigned him to the Triple-A Round Rock Express. On November 3, he was declared a minor league free agent by Major League Baseball.[4]

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

On January 18, 2013, Díaz signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[5] He started the 2013 season with the Brewers' Double-A affiliate Huntsville Stars. He split the season with the Stars and Triple-A Nashville, where in 108 games total, he hit .302/.335/.433 with 7 HR and 42 RBI. After joining the Sounds on June 29, 2013, Díaz closed out the year by hitting .328 (58-for-127) in 50 Pacific Coast League games.[6]

On October 1, 2013, Díaz signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Brewers.[7] He returned to Nashville for the start of the 2014 season.[8]

The Brewers signed Diaz to another minor-league deal on February 23, 2015. The same day he was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. On April 6, 2015 he was demoted to the Double-A Helena Brewers. On April 17, 2015 he was promoted back to Triple-A Colorado Springs. [9] After the season, he was selected to the roster for the Dominican Republic national baseball team at the 2015 WBSC Premier12.[10]

Return to TorontoEdit

On February 26, 2016, Díaz signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.[11]

Olmecas de TabascoEdit

On May 17, 2016, Diaz signed with the Olmecas de Tabasco of the Mexican League.[12] He was released on July 1, 2016.[13]

Baseball staffEdit

Diaz became the bullpen catcher with the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 baseball season.[14] He remained in the position through 2020.[15]


  1. ^ Pirates acquire Robinzon Diaz from Toronto
  2. ^ Beck, Jason (December 8, 2009). "Tigers add catcher Diaz on Minors deal: Veteran adds to depth in case Avila needs more time". Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  3. ^ "The Texas Rangers sign Robinzon Diaz to a minor league deal". January 25, 2011. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  4. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2012). "Minor League Free Agents 2012". Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Brewers signed C Robinzon Diaz to a minor league contract". January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  6. ^ Nashville Sounds pregame notes, April 18, 2014
  7. ^ Adams, Steve (October 1, 2013). "Minor Moves: Velez, Gomez, Diaz, Leon". MLB Trade Rumors.
  8. ^ profile access 4/18/2014
  9. ^ Adams, Steve (February 26, 2015). "Minor Moves: Ransom, McCoy, Diaz, Gaudin". Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  10. ^ "DOM Roster". World Baseball Softball Confederation: WBSC. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Blast from the past: Blue Jays sign Robinzon Diaz to minor league deal". March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  12. ^ "Llega Robinzon Díaz a Olmecas". (in Spanish). May 17, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  13. ^ "Mexican League Transactions". p. July 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  14. ^ Mercer, Greg (May 3, 2017). "Once traded for Bautista, Diaz embraces new role with Brewers". Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Scott, Bill (November 5, 2020). "Brewers announce 2021 coaching staff". Wisconsin Radio Network. Retrieved December 28, 2020.

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