Adonis Medina
21-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies A+
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Finishes season with mixed results
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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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Medina's 4.12 ERA for Clearwater was over a run higher than the 3.01 ERA he recorded in 2017 for High-A Lakewood, but the underlying numbers were nearly identical. His strikeout and walk rates fell negligibly from 26.3 percent and 7.7 percent respectively to 26.1 percent and 7.6 percent, while his groundball rate rose slightly from 48.1 percent to 50.2 percent. It's encouraging to see the 21-year-old maintain his performance level as he climbs up the minors, and he'll look to do the same next season at Double-A Reading. Medina has yet to receive a mid-season promotion so far in his professional career, so his MLB debut likely won't come until 2020.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Ties career best with 12 strikeouts
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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
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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
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April 5, 2018
Medina will open the season at High-A Clearwater, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo reports.
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Making improvements to offspeed pitches
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July 17, 2017
Medina credits his improved strikeout rate this season to a combination of attacking the zone more and changes he made to his slider late last season, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Missing bats at Low-A
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June 20, 2017
Medina, 20, has a 3.13 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 75:23 K:BB in 60.1 innings at Low-A Lakewood.
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