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2021 Phillies Top Prospects Countdown: #6 RHP Adonis Medina

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Medina, image- Jay Floyd

Widely ranked among the Phillies' top prospects by many outlets, righty hurler Adonis Medina has made a name for himself, as scouts rave about his skills, coaches boast about his potential and Phils' brass adores his ability.

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 notched a 2-3 record with a save, a 1.27 ERA and a 7.5 K/9 mark along with a .220 batting average against.

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 would pitch 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 would post a 4-9 record with a 3.01 ERA, a .227 BAA along with a 10.0 K/9 mark (3rd best in the league).

The following year, taking the step up to Class A Advanced Clearwater, Medina sported a 10-4 record with a 4.12 ERA, a .245 batting average against along with a 10.0 K/9 mark in 22 outings (21 starts). He was highly successful at home for the Threshers, notching a 2.86 ERA and .226 BAA in 12 appearances at Spectrum Field, while he tallied a 5.96 ERA and .271 BAA in 10 away games.

In 2019, Medina pitched at Double-A Reading.  In 22 outings (21 starts), he tallied a 7-7 record, a 4.94 ERA, a .254 batting average against along with a 7.0 K/9 mark.

A member of the Phils' 40-man roster, Medina was a late addition to the club's Taxi Squad last year and made his big league debut, allowing two earned run in four innings of work in a September start against Toronto.

Medina, who has a reputation of a competitor, is praised for having a great feel for pitching and a power arm. His fastball, which consistently gets to 95 MPH and touches higher, arrives at the plate featuring sink, helping to result in ground balls from the opposition. Additionally, both secondary pitches are strong with his change up that has plus potential and solid slider. 

The Dominican Republic native already has shown strong control, filling the strike zone, and coaches cite that he embraces the learning process.

The 24-year-old's projected ceiling seems to have taken a hit partly due to a dip in strike out numbers and rise in runs allowed, so Medina still has development ahead to fulfill any high expectations.  

Look for Medina as a hurler that could fill a void as needs arise at the big league level this season.

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