Wichita West’s Robert Diaz – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Farmers Insurance, Branden Carter

By Hayden Swope

Wichita West’s Robert Diaz has had a love for baseball ever since he could remember. After last season, Diaz knew exactly where his training needed to begin.

“This offseason I worked on my defense and my leadership role on the team,” Diaz said. “Last year I had an amazing year at the plate offensively but I lacked in defense and leadership. This year I’m a senior and my team needs someone that will bring them up when we’re down and that will be me.”

Being a senior leader comes with a lot of challenges, and Diaz plans to tackle one of the biggest tests head on.

“My goal for the season is to prove people wrong and get our program to host a regional and go to state,” Diaz said. “Not many believe that the West baseball program has what it takes but we will show them wrong.”

While getting to play the game of baseball is success on its own, having the support system throughout the journey is something Diaz will always be thankful for.

My family has been supportive and pushed me to be great since I moved here to Wichita, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them,” Diaz said.

Diaz will go on to be a Tiger this fall, while furthering his athletics and education.

“I will be attending Cowley County Community College for baseball,” Diaz said. “Afterwards, I hope to get a D1 offer so I can fulfill my dream of playing at a D1 school.”