|Adonis Medina, image- Jay Floyd|
Medina is equipped with a mid-90's fastball along with a curveball and a change up that are considered to have plus potential has used that arsenal to impress at the lower levels of the minor leagues as to date.
Signed in 2014 at age 17, Medina made his pro debut that year as part of the Phillies' Dominican Summer League team. In 11 games (two starts) he would post a 2-3 record with a save, a 1.27 ERA and a 7.5 K/9 mark along with a .220 batting average againts.
In 2015, the six-foot-one 185-pounder competed with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phils, sporting a 3-2 record with a 2.98 ERA, a .253 BAA and a 6.9 K/9 mark in 10 games (eight starts).
The following season, at the age of 19, he pitched with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters and was the team's opening day starter. In 13 games, all starts, Medina tallied a 5-3 record with a 2.92 ERA along with a 4.7 K/9 mark.
In 2017 Medina would join the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 22 starts he tallied a 4-9 record with a 3.01 ERA, a .227 BAA along with a 10.0 K/9 mark.
Medina is praised for having a great feel for pitching and a power arm. His fastball, which can reach 95 MPH, arrives at the plate featuring sink, helping to result in ground balls from the opposition. Additionally, both secondary pitches are strong. The Dominican Republic native already has the control of an elder pitcher, with consistency in the strike zone, and coaches cite that he embraces the learning process.
His ceiling seems to be a big league starter, but development will certainly shed more light on where among a team's starting staff he could land as a contributor.
Fans should look for the 21-year-old Medina to compete with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers this year where improved competition will help his development.
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