Edwin Diaz has been one of the most promising young pitchers in the Mariners' organization.
He's only improved as a pitcher since taking over the closer role on a full-time basis. His stats this season are eye-opening. He's only allowed two hits and one earned run in his 12 appearances. Yet, that isn't the most impressive stat he has racked up.
During his save in Wednesday's game, Diaz recorded his 200th career strikeout, becoming the fifth-fastest pitcher to 200 career strikeouts at 130 innings. But he can tell you himself.
Making history, or even coming close to it, is something to reflect on and enjoy as a young star. Don't enjoy it too long, though. Seattle has one of the tougher divisions to compete in with the new-look Angels and reigning champion Astros.
Plus, if Diaz can keep performing the way he has, then he can work his way into the discussion as one of the best closers in baseball.
How dominant has Edwin Diaz been? Mariners closer tied with Rockies' Wade Davis for most saves in MLB with 9, has allowed 2 hits and 1 run with 21 strikeouts in 11 1/3 IP.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) April 25, 2018
Don't look now, but the Mariners are looking to make a push for the wild card this season and Diaz will close out some important games for them in the process.