LOS ANGELES — Dodgers minor league outfielder Yusniel Diaz was red hot in June for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, and on Thursday was named the California League Player of the Month.
Diaz, 20, hit .396/.438/.673 with nine doubles, five home runs, two triples, and 20 runs scored in 24 games in June. The outfielder led the Cal League in June in hits (40), doubles (nine), extra-base hits (16), total bases (68) and on-base percentage. Diaz finished second in home runs and OPS (1.111).
He had two four-hit games in a three-game stretch in June, and 13 of his 24 games were multi-hit contests.
Diaz was signed out of Cuba in November 2015, part of the Dodgers’ spending spree during the 2015-16 international signing period, one that has limited them to signing bonuses of no more than $300,000 through June 15, 2018.
The Dodgers paid a $15.5 million bonus for Diaz, part of an international haul with over $45 million in bonuses, plus another roughly $45 million in penalties.
On the season, Diaz is hitting .287/.352/.439 with 24 extra-base hits in 74 games for the Quakes.