Pedro Díaz

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Pedro Díaz Ramos

  • Height 5' 7"

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pedro Díaz starred for a few years in both the US and Cuba but had a very short career.

He debuted in 1930, hitting .290/.333/.520 for a 158 OPS+ for the Cuban Stars in the Negro National League. Had he qualified, he would have been third in the 1930 NNL in OPS+, between Steel Arm Davis and Jabbo Andrews and 4th in slugging (between Nat Rogers and Davis). [1] In 1931, he was 1 for 7 in limited time for an independent Cuban team in the Negro Leagues. [2]

Díaz made his Cuban Winter League debut in 1931-1932, batting .330 and slugging .434 for Regla. He led his team in RBI (21) and average, impressive work for a backstop. He was third in the CWL in RBI behind Carlos Etchegoyen and Ramón Couto. [3] He was the star hitter for the 1932 Pollock's Cuban Stars, producing at a .352/.418/.620 clip (192 OPS+). He was 7th in the 1932 East-West League in average, between Judy Johnson and Sammy Hughes, 8th in OBP (between Jake Stephens and Johnson), 2nd in slugging (behind Bill Perkins) and 3rd in OPS (after Perkins and Joe Strong). [4]

In 1933-1934, he hit .342 and slugged .395 for Marianao. [5] The Cuban Stars were an independent team in 1934 and he was 1 for 13 against other top black teams. [6] He batted .297/?/.418 in 1934-1935, leading all CWL catchers in average and leading his team. [7] He slumped to .227/?/.247 for Marianao in 1935-1936, his last year as a starter. [8]

Pedro had hit .293/.378/.513 for a 153 OPS+ in 66 games in the Negro Leagues or against other top black teams. He resurfaced in the Puerto Rican Winter League, leading the circuit with 19 doubles for the 1938-1939 Criollos de Caguas, breaking Pancho Coimbre's record by five. It would be seven years before Luis Márquez broke his doubles mark. [9] He hit .329 for Caguas in 1939-1940. [10]

He backed up Mike Guerra for Almendares in 1941-1942. [11] His last appearance was in the 1946-1947 Cuban National Federation. [12]

Sources[edit]

  1. Seamheads database
  2. ibid.
  3. Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History by Jorge Figueredo, pg. 199
  4. Seamheads DB
  5. Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, pg. 203
  6. Seamheads DB
  7. Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, pg. 205
  8. ibid., pg. 210
  9. Puerto Rican League historian Jorge Colón Delgado
  10. The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley, pg. 232
  11. Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, pg. 244
  12. ibid., pg. 287