Adonis Medina
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The rumored headliner in a Manny Machado trade before the Dodgers topped the offer, Medina flashed tantalizing upside during a second straight 100-plus-inning season. There were bumps along the way, but he had three starts with 10-plus strikeouts, utilizing a 93-95 mph fastball with good life, a low-80s slider and an 88-mph changeup -- all of which could be plus pitches. If we forget about his rough April, Medina had a 3.59 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 117:31 K:BB in 102.2 innings. He had five starts with game scores under 25 (really bad), with several of those coming directly after some of his longest outings of the season, prompting questions about how the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righty would hold up over a 170- or 180-inning MLB season. Medina turned 22 in December and will make his Double-A debut this year, so he is relatively old for a prospect who never went to college. He will be electric in the big leagues, but his eventual role remains unclear. Read Past Outlooks
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Optioned to Reading
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
March 9, 2019
Medina was optioned to Double-A Reading on Saturday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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The 22-year-old spent the start of spring with the big-league club but was never a candidate for a roster spot, as he's yet to pitch above High-A. He'll move up a level this season after posting a 4.12 ERA with strong peripherals (a 26.1 percent strikeout rate, 7.6 percent walk rate and 50.2 percent groundball rate) for High-A Clearwater last season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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He was excellent at preventing runs in rookie and short-season ball, but Medina didn't give us a full taste of his upside until he reached Low-A. His strikeout rate jumped from 12.8 percent to 26.3 percent -- the third best mark in the Sally League. He commands a plus mid-90s fastball with late life, already boasts one of the best changeups in the minors, and made huge strides last year with his slider, which has emerged as another potentially plus offering. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Medina doesn't have prototypical size, but he is an excellent athlete who gets good extension on his pitches. His BB/9 improved from 3.43 to 2.43 in the second half, showing an ability to make more than one adjustment as a 20-year-old. Young pitchers with his feel and makeup are rare, so it would be irresponsible to say with confidence what his ceiling is. He will head to High-A for the first time, but could be pushed aggressively, setting him up to contribute in the big-league rotation in 2019.
Medina entered last season with a bit of hype around him after a solid 2015 in the Gulf Coast League. He was moved up to short-season Williamsport last year, where he had a 2.92 ERA and a 34:24 K:BB in 64.2 innings. The strikeout rate is underwhelming from a pitcher who can hit the mid-90s with his fastball and is said to have a good feel for his changeup and curveball. Of course, Medina is just 19 years old and has shown a groundball tilt in his brief time pitching professionally. He has time to make adjustments and build on some of the solid foundation pieces in his arsenal, and he doesn't profile as a front-of-the-rotation pitcher, but Medina could still end up as a solid mid-rotation starter if he makes it to the majors.
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Contract purchased
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
November 20, 2018
Medina's contract was selected by the Phillies on Tuesday.
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Finishes season with mixed results
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
September 19, 2018
Medina had an up-and-down season with High-A Clearwater, failing to go beyond the third inning on five occasions but allowing one run or fewer 10 times, Matt Gelb of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
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Ties career best with 12 strikeouts
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
July 22, 2018
Medina tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out 12 for High-A Clearwater in its 2-1 win over Florida on Saturday. He gave up two base hits and issued no walks in the 90-pitch outing.
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Heating up at High-A
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
June 15, 2018
Medina has allowed just three earned runs in his last four starts for High-A Clearwater.
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Opens at High-A
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
April 5, 2018
Medina will open the season at High-A Clearwater, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo reports.
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