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08/25/2008 2:17 PM ET
Pirates acquire Robinzon Diaz from Toronto
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The Pirates today acquired catcher Robinzon Diaz from the Toronto Blue Jays as the player to be named in the August 21 deal that sent infielder Jose Bautista to the Jays.

The 24-year-old right-handed hitting backstop has hit .285 (57-for-200) with 11 doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI in 57 minor league games this season. He also appeared in one game with Toronto as the designated hitter and went hitless in four at bats at Tampa Bay on April 23.

Diaz began the 2008 season with Triple-A Syracuse and has spent a majority of the season with the Chiefs. He was on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain from May 3 through July 16 and hit .386 (17-for-44) while playing 15 games on a rehab assignment with the GCL Blue Jays from June 27 through July 16. Robinzon was reinstated from the D.L. and was assigned to Class-A Dunedin, where he hit .320 (8-for-25) in six games before re-joining Syracuse on July 24.

The Dominican Republic native was originally signed by Toronto as a non-drafted free agent on November 19, 2000. He captured the Appalachian League batting title with a .374 average in 2003 and was named to the league's postseason All-Star team as a catcher. A year later, Diaz was selected to the midseason and postseason All-Star teams in the South Atlantic League while batting .287 with 20 doubles and 42 RBI in 105 games with Charleston (WV). He was also selected to participate for the World team at the 2004 MLB All-Star Futures Game.

Diaz spent the entire 2005 campaign with Dunedin and was selected to the Florida State League's midseason and postseason All-Star teams. He ranked tenth in the league with a .294 batting average and posted a career-high 65 RBI in 100 games that season.

In 2006, Diaz spent his second straight full season with Dunedin and was named to both the mid and postseason All-Star teams for the second consecutive year after hitting .306 with 21 doubles, three home runs and 44 RBI in 104 games. His .306 average ranked fourth in the Florida State League.

In 640 career minor league games, Diaz has batted .304, going 740-for-2431 with a 135 doubles, 17 home runs and 327 RBI.

Diaz has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
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