Matt Diaz
Matt Diaz
Full Name:  Matthew Edward Diaz
   School:  Santa Fe Catholic High School in Lakeland, Florida


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FSU Career
Baseball
Year  No  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  B  T  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1998  32  OF      6-1  197  R  R  Fr   *   Lakeland              
1999  32  OF      6-1  205  R  R  So   *   Lakeland              


Awards
Baseball
Year  Award
1998  Collegiate Baseball - 1st Team Freshman All-American
      The Sporting News - 1st Team Freshman All-American
      Nat Collegiate Baseball Writers Assoc - 3rd Team All-American
      The Sporting News - 3rd Team All-American
1999  American Baseball Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
      Nat Collegiate Baseball Writers Assoc - 1st Team All-American
      Baseball Weekly - 2nd Team All-American
      Collegiate Baseball - 3rd Team All-American
Elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2013
Lakeland native Matt Diaz burst on the college baseball scene virtually from his first at bat in 1998 and finished his freshman season as The Sporting News Freshman of the Year. He earned first team Freshman All-America honors and was a third team outright All-American as a rookie. He also earned a spot on both the AFCA and NCBWA first team All-America squads as a sophomore.

FSU's star outfielder posted impressive career numbers over just two seasons including finishing sixth in both batting average (.384) and all-time slugging percentage (.700). His 43 career home runs ranked him among FSU's all-time Top 10 and he finished 22nd in both RBIs (178) and total bases. Diaz also appears on a number of FSU's single season Top 25 lists including Top 10 finishes in home runs with 22 in 1998 that ranked 11th all-time, and 21 in 1999 which ranked 13th. His 94 RBIs driven in as a sophomore ranked eighth all-time and his .390 batting average in 1998 was 21st best in Seminole history.

After his sophomore year, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays drafter Diaz in the 17th round. He went on to lead the Rays in the minor leagues in hits and extra bases. His professional career led him to Kansas City, Braves, Pirates, Yankees and most recently, the Marlins.



FSU Statistics
Baseball
Batting Statistics
YEAR   AVG  GP  GS   AB  R   H   2B  3B  HR RBI  TB   SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB% SF SH  SB ATT
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1998  .390  72  72  269  67 105  17   2  22  84  192  .714  18   8  61   7  .440  3  2  11  15
1999  .379  70  70  301  80 114  24   3  21  94  207  .688  22  14  58   6  .440  4  1  10  13
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Tot   .384 142 142  570 147 219  41   5  43 178  399  .700  40  22 119  13  .440  7  3  21  28
Fielding Statistics
Year   PO  AST  E   FLD%  DP
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1998  116    3  3   .975   0
1999  107   12  5   .960   5
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Tot   223   15  8   .967   5
Baseball
Game Statistics
1997
Date  Opponent              W  L APP GS CG SHO CBO SV   IP    H   R  ER  BB  SO
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Apr 28 MARYLAND             1      1                    5.2   3   0   0   2   6
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Tot                         1  0   1  0  0   0   0  0   5.2   3   0   0   2   6
1998
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Jan 30 NOTRE DAME             5  .000  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0  0      3            0   1    0   
Jan 31 OHIO STATE             7  .000  1 RF   2   0   0            0   0  0      2            0   0    0   
Feb  6 ARIZONA STATE          8  .000  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0                      0            
Feb  7 ARIZONA STATE          8  .083  1 RF   2   1   1        1   2   4                      0            
Feb 10 HAWAII PACIFIC         8  .154  1 RF   1   1   1        1   1   4      1               0            
Feb 10 HAWAII PACIFIC         5  .235  1 RF   4   1   2            1   2                      0            
Feb 11 HAWAII                 7  .286  1 RF   4   0   2     1      2   4                      0            
Feb 12 HAWAII                 6  .280  1 RF   4   0   1            1   1                      0            
Feb 13 HAWAII                 6  .333  1 RF   5   1   3     1      2   5                      0            
Feb 14 HAWAII                 7  .344  1 RF   2   1   1            0   1                      0            
Feb 17 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN    6  .361  1 RF   4   1   2            0   2  1      0            0   2    0   
Feb 18 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN    6  .325  1 RF   4   1   0            0   0  1      1        1   1   3    0   
Feb 21 FLORIDA                6  .302  1 RF   3   0   0            0   0  0      1            0   2    0   
Feb 24 CITADEL                6  .311  1 DH   2   1   1 1          1   2  1      0            0   0    0   
Feb 25 CITADEL                8  .298  1 RF   2   0   0            0   0  1      0            0   0    0   
Feb 28 FLORIDA                7  .308  1 RF   5   1   2        1   2   5  0      3            0   2    0   
Mar  1 FLORIDA                6  .281  1 RF   5   1   0            0   0  0      4            0   1    0   
Mar  3 UNC-GREENSBORO         8  .288  1 RF   2   1   1        1   3   4  1      0            0   1        
Mar  4 UNC-GREENSBORO         7  .274  1 RF   3   1   0            0   0      1               0            
Mar  6 NORTH CAROLINA STATE   7  .258  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0                      0            
Mar  9 SOUTH FLORIDA          7  .268  1 RF   5   0   2            2   2  0      0            1   5    0   
Mar 10 LONG ISLAND-BROOKLYN   7  .270  1 RF   3   1   1            0   1  0      1            0   0    0   
Mar 11 SAINT JOSEPH'S         7  .273  1 RF   3   2   1            2   1  0      1            0   2    0   
Mar 13 WAKE FOREST            7  .268  1 RF   5   1   1        1   2   4                      0            
Mar 14 WAKE FOREST            7  .287  1 RF   5   0   3            1   3                      0            
Mar 15 WAKE FOREST            6  .283  1 RF   5   0   1            1   1                      0            
Mar 17 MOREHEAD STATE         6  .292  1 RF   4   0   2 1          1   3  0      0        2   2   1    0   
Mar 20 DUKE                   3  .307  1 RF   5   0   3            0   3  0      0            1   5    0   
Mar 21 DUKE                   6  .311  1 RF   2   1   1            0   1  0   1  0            0   1    0   
Mar 22 DUKE                   6  .311  1 RF   3   2   1        1   1   4  0   1  0            0   2    0   
Mar 24 FLORIDA ATLANTIC       6  .321  1 RF   3   3   2        1   3   5                      0            
Mar 25 FLORIDA ATLANTIC       3  .324  1 RF   2   1   1            2   1            2         0            
Mar 26 MARYLAND               6  .322  1 RF   4   0   1 1          0   2  0      2     1      0   1    1  1
Mar 27 MARYLAND               5  .328  1 RF   4   1   2        1   3   5  0      1            0   0    0   
Mar 28 MARYLAND               5  .320  1 RF   3   0   0            1   0  0      1  1     1   1   0    0   
Mar 31 MERCER                 5  .310  1 RF   4   1   0            0   0  1      1            0   1    0   
Apr  1 MERCER                 5  .315  1 RF   4   0   2            1   2  0      1        1   1   1    0   
Apr  3 MIAMI                  6  .321  1 RF   4   0   2            1   2  0      1            0   1    0  1
Apr  4 MIAMI                  6  .326  1 RF   4   0   2            0   2  0      1            0   0    0   
Apr  5 MIAMI                  5  .331  1 RF   4   2   2        1   2   5  1      2            0   0    0   
Apr  8 JACKSONVILLE           6  .333  1 RF   2   1   1            0   1  0      0     1      0   3    0   
Apr 10 NORTH CAROLINA         5  .327  1 RF   3   0   0            0   0                      0            
Apr 11 NORTH CAROLINA         5  .336  1 RF   5   3   3        1   1   6                      0            
Apr 12 NORTH CAROLINA         5  .353  1 RF   4   1   4 1          1   5                      1            
Apr 15 JACKSONVILLE           6  .356  1 RF   4   2   2 1          2   3  0   1  0            0   0    0   
Apr 17 GEORGIA TECH           6  .348  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0  0      0            0   3    0   
Apr 18 GEORGIA TECH           5  .345  1 RF   4   0   1            1   1  0      1        1   1   1    0   
Apr 19 GEORGIA TECH           5  .339  1 RF   3   0   0            0   0  0      0            0   1    0   
Apr 21 SOUTHWESTERN LA        6  .333  1 RF   3   0   0            0   0  0      2            0   1    0   
Apr 22 SOUTHWESTERN LA        8  .343  1 RF   4   3   3        1   2   6  0      1        1   1   1    0   
Apr 24 CLEMSON                6  .341  1 RF   4   0   1            0   1                      0            
Apr 25 CLEMSON                5  .341  1 RF   3   1   1        1   1   4                      0            
Apr 26 CLEMSON                6  .344  1 RF   4   3   2 1          0   3                      0            
May  1 MIAMI                  6  .339  1 RF   3   0   0            0   0                      0            
May  2 MIAMI                  6  .335  1 RF   5   0   1            0   1                      0            
May  3 MIAMI                  8  .330  1 RF   3   0   0            0   0                      0            
May  6 SAINT LEO COLLEGE      8  .337  1 RF   5   1   3 1          1   4  0      1            0   2    0   
May  9 VIRGINIA               5  .340  1 RF   4   0   2            1   2                      0            
May  9 VIRGINIA               5  .338  1 RF   4   1   1 1          0   2                      0            
May 10 VIRGINIA               5  .344  1 RF   5   2   3 1          4   4                  2   2            
May 13 VIRGINIA               6  .347  1 RF   4   0   2 1          0   3                      0            
May 14 WAKE FOREST            6  .345  1 RF   4   1   1            0   1                      0            
May 15 NORTH CAROLINA         5  .358  1 RF   6   3   5 1          2   6                      0            
May 16 NORTH CAROLINA STATE   6  .371  1 RF   5   1   5 1      1   6   9  0      0            0   1    0   
May 16 WAKE FOREST            5  .367  1 RF   3   0   0            0   0      1           1   1            
May 17 WAKE FOREST            5  .366  1 RF   3   1   1            0   1  1      0            0   5    1   
May 21 LIBERTY                6  .372  1 RF   4   3   3        1   3   6                      0            
May 22 DELAWARE               6  .378  1 RF   4   3   3 2      1   3   8                      0            
May 23 OKLAHOMA               6  .389  1 RF   6   5   5        4   7  17                  1   1            
May 24 AUBURN                 6  .395  1 RF   6   1   4 3          6   7                      0            
May 29 ARIZONA STATE          5  .392  1 RF   2   0   0            0   0  2   1  1        1   1   4    0  1
May 31 LONG BEACH STATE       6  .390  1 RF   4   1   1        1   3   4  0      0            0   1    0   
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                                 .390 72 72 269  64 105 17  2 20  82 186 10   7 32  3  2 12  15   55   2  3
1999
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Jan 29 UNC-ASHEVILLE          3  .000  1 RF   3   1   0            0   0  1      2            0   0    0   
Jan 30 UNC-ASHEVILLE          3  .375  1 RF   5   0   3 2          2   5  0      1            0   2    0   
Jan 31 UNC-ASHEVILLE          3  .273  1 RF   3   1   0            0   0  1      0            0   1    0   
Feb  5 ARIZONA STATE          3  .286  1 RF   3   2   1            0   1  0   1  1            0   1    0   
Feb  6 ARIZONA STATE          3  .368  1 RF   5   2   3     1  1   3   8  0      1            0   2    0   
Feb  7 ARIZONA STATE          3  .375  1 RF   5   1   2            1   2  0      1            0   1    0   
Feb 12 TROY STATE             3  .407  1 RF   3   3   2 1          1   3  1      0        1   1   0    0   
Feb 13 TROY STATE             3  .467  1 RF   3   3   3 1      1   5   7                      0            
Feb 14 TROY STATE             3  .471  1 RF   4   2   2 1   1      2   5  0      1  1         0   1    1   
Feb 16 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN    3  .500  1 RF   4   1   3 1   1      2   6  0      0            0   2    0  1
Feb 17 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN    3  .476  1 RF   4   1   1        1   2   4  0      0            0   2    0   
Feb 20 FLORIDA                3  .447  1 RF   5   1   1            0   1  0      0            0   0    0   
Feb 27 FLORIDA                3  .440  1 RF   3   0   1            1   1  0   1  0            0   1    0   
Feb 28 FLORIDA                3  .463  1 RF   4   1   3        1   2   6  1      0            0   2    0   
Mar  2 SOUTH FLORIDA          3  .456  1 RF   3   0   1            0   1  0   1  0        1   2   0    0   
Mar  5 WICHITA STATE          3  .426  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0  0      1            0   1    0   
Mar  6 MINNESOTA              3  .431  1 RF   4   2   2        1   2   5  1      0        1   1   2    0   
Mar  7 WASHINGTON STATE       3  .435  1 RF   4   0   2 1          0   3                      0            
Mar 12 VIRGINIA               3  .466  1 RF   4   2   4        1   2   7  1      0        1   1   3    0   
Mar 13 VIRGINIA               3  .449  1 RF   5   0   1            0   1  0      2            0   0    0   
Mar 14 VIRGINIA               3  .463  1 RF   4   3   3        3   6  12  1      1            0   2    0   
Mar 16 CITADEL                3  .448  1 RF   5   0   1            0   1  0      1            0   1    0   
Mar 17 CITADEL                3  .429  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0  1      1            0   1    1   
Mar 19 NORTH CAROLINA STATE   3  .427  1 RF   5   2   2        1   2   5  0   1  1            0   0    1   
Mar 20 NORTH CAROLINA STATE   3  .420  1 RF   4   1   1 1          0   2  0      3            0   1    1   
Mar 21 NORTH CAROLINA STATE   3  .429  1 RF   5   1   3            3   3            1         0            
Mar 23 AKRON                  3  .431  1 RF   4   1   2 2          3   4  0   1  1            0   1    0   
Mar 24 AKRON                  3  .430  1 LF   5   2   2 1          0   3  1      3            0   3    0   
Mar 26 NORTH CAROLINA         3  .420  1 RF   5   1   1            1   1  0      2            0   0    0   
Mar 27 NORTH CAROLINA         3  .411  1 RF   5   1   1            1   1  1      1            1   2    0   
Mar 28 NORTH CAROLINA         3  .419  1 RF   5   3   3 1      1   1   7  0      0            0   5    0   
Mar 30 MERCER                 3  .414  1 LF   4   0   1 1          3   2  0      1            0   2    0   
Apr  2 WAKE FOREST            3  .420  1 RF   5   2   3 1          1   4  0      0            0   1    0   
Apr  3 WAKE FOREST            3  .431  1 RF   6   2   4            3   4  0      1        1   1   0    0   
Apr  4 WAKE FOREST            3  .432  1 RF   4   1   2            1   2  0   1  1        1   1   2    0   
Apr  7 JACKSONVILLE           3  .434  1 RF   4   2   2 1      1   4   6  0      1            0   1    0   
Apr  9 CLEMSON                3  .427  1 RF   5   1   1            1   1  0      0            1   0    0   
Apr 10 CLEMSON                3  .416  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0  0      3            0   2    0   
Apr 11 CLEMSON                3  .421  1 RF   3   2   2 1      1   2   6  0   1  0            0   0    0   
Apr 14 JACKSONVILLE           3  .438  1 RF   5   4   5 1          4   6  1      0            0   0    0   
Apr 16 MIAMI                  3  .437  1 RF   5   1   2        1   1   5  0      2            0   3    1   
Apr 17 MIAMI                  3  .433  1 RF   4   1   1            0   1  0      1            0   2    0  1
Apr 18 MIAMI                  3  .426  1 RF   5   0   1            0   1  0      3            0   2    0   
Apr 23 MIAMI                  3  .428  1 RF   4   1   2 1          1   3      1               0           1
Apr 24 MIAMI                  3  .424  1 RF   4   0   1            0   1                      1            
Apr 25 MIAMI                  3  .429  1 RF   5   0   3 1          1   4      1           1   1            
Apr 30 GEORGIA TECH           3  .420  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0                      0            
May  1 GEORGIA TECH           3  .413  1 RF   6   1   1            1   1  0      1            0   5    1   
May  2 GEORGIA TECH           3  .410  1 RF   4   1   1        1   2   4                      0            
May  7 MARYLAND               3  .411  1 RF   4   1   2            2   2  1      1            0   0    0   
May  8 MARYLAND               3  .417  1 RF   4   1   3            3   3  0      0     2  1   1   3    0   
May  9 MARYLAND               3  .415  1 RF   6   2   2 1          0   3  0   1  0            0   1    1   
May 15 DUKE                   3  .414  1 RF   3   1   1            2   1               1  1   1            
May 15 DUKE                   3  .410  1 RF   2   1   0            1   0  1   1  0            0   1    0   
May 16 DUKE                   3  .408  1 RF   4   1   1            1   1  0      0            0   0    1   
May 19 MARYLAND               3  .409  1 RF   4   1   2 1          0   3  0   1  0            0   1    0   
May 20 GEORGIA TECH           3  .401  1 RF   5   0   0            0   0  0      2            0   3    0   
May 21 WAKE FOREST            3  .394  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0  0      0            0   2    0   
May 22 CLEMSON                3  .390  1 RF   3   2   0            0   0  1      0            0   3    0  1
May 28 CITADEL                3  .388  1 RF   6   4   2 1      1   4   6  1      2            0   0    0   
May 29 JACKSONVILLE           3  .382  1 RF   4   0   0            0   0  1      0            0   2    1   
May 30 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE     3  .384  1 RF   4   1   2            1   2  1      1        1   1   1    0   
Jun  4 AUBURN                 3  .384  1 RF   5   1   2        1   3   5  0      0            0   5    0  1
Jun  5 AUBURN                 3  .381  1 RF   5   1   1        1   2   4  0      4            0   1    0   
Jun 12 TEXAS A&M              3  .385  1 RF   5   2   3        2   3   9  0      0            0   0    0   
Jun 14 STANFORD               3  .379  1 RF   4   1   0            1   0  1      2            0   1    0   
Jun 16 CAL ST-FULLERTON       3  .380  1 RF   5   1   2        1   1   5  0      0            0   2    0   
Jun 17 STANFORD               3  .378  1 RF   4   0   1 1          2   2  2      0            0   5    0   
Jun 18 STANFORD               3  .374  1 RF   6   1   1            1   1  0   1  1            0   5    0   
Jun 19 MIAMI                  3  .375  1 RF   4   1   2            0   2  1      0            0   1    1   
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                                 .375 70 70 301  80 113 23  3 21  94 205 21  13 51  2  3 10  14   94  10  5


Pro Career
Baseball
Height: 6-0   Weight: 215  Throws: Right  Bats: Right
Drafted: 1999, 17th Round  #505, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, OF    
Debut: July 19, 2003

Year  Abbr   Team                                No      Pos
2003  TB     Tampa Bay Devil Rays                25      OF
2004  TB     Tampa Bay Devil Rays                25      OF
2005  KCR    Kansas City Royals                  34      OF
2006  Atl    Atlanta Braves                      23      OF
2007  Atl    Atlanta Braves                      23      OF-1B
2008  Atl    Atlanta Braves                      23      OF
2009  Atl    Atlanta Braves                      23      OF
2010  Atl    Atlanta Braves                      23      OF
2011  Atl    Atlanta Braves                      23      OF
  "   Pit    Pittsburgh Pirates                  23      OF
2012  Atl    Atlanta Braves                      23      OF
2013  Mia    Miami Marlins                       32      OF


Pro Statistics
Baseball
Batting Statistics
Year Team   AVG   GP   GS   AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB ATT
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2003 TB    .111    4    1    9    2    1   0   0   0   0    1  .111   1   0   3   0  .200   0   0   0   0
2004 TB    .190   10    4   21    3    4   1   1   1   3   10  .476   1   2   6   0  .292   0   0   0   0
2005 KCR   .281   34   17   89    7   25   4   2   1   9   36  .404   4   2  15   3  .323   1   1   0   1
2006 Atl   .327  124   62  297   37   97  15   4   7  32  141  .475  11   9  49   9  .364   4   1   5  10
2007 Atl   .338  135   77  358   44  121  21   0  12  45  178  .497  16   4  63   8  .368   5   1   4   4
2008 Atl   .244   43   32  135    9   33   2   0   2  14   41  .304   3   1  32   4  .264   1   0   4   6
2009 Atl   .313  125   92  371   56  116  18   4  13  58  181  .488  35  13  90  14  .390   1   5  12  17
2010 Atl   .250   84   53  224   27   56  17   2   7  31   98  .438  13   4  44   6  .300   2   1   3   4
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8 Years    .301  559  338 1504  185  453  78  13  43 192  686  .456  84  35 302  44  .349  14   9  28  42
Fielding Statistics
Year Team Pos   GP   PO  Ast   E  DP  Fld%
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2003 TB   OF     1    6    0   1   0  .857
2004 TB   OF     4   11    0   0   0 1.000
2005 KCR  OF    21   38    0   2   0  .950
2006 Atl  OF   101  166    5   4   1  .977
2007 Atl  1B     2    3    1   0   1 1.000
  "   "   OF   100  158    4   2   1  .988
2008 Atl  OF    36   58    2   1   1  .984
2009 Atl  OF   118  157    2   3   0  .981
2010 Atl  OF    63   93    1   2   0  .979
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8 Years        446  690   15  15   4  .979