Future Watch: Adonis Medina Rookie Baseball Cards – Adonis Medina is a talented pitcher who the Philadelphia Phillies signed as a Dominican free-agent in 2014. To say this pitcher is a top prospect might not be doing him justice.
From 2014 until today he has graduated to A-ball. He currently plays for the Lakewood Blue Claws. He features a 98 MPH heater that moves and that has seen him strikeout 12 this season and 10 twice this year in three great outings. In his last start the 20-year-old phenom took a no-no into the ninth but lost it with just one out in the inning. His 0.57 WHIP is the third lowest in the New York-Penn League.
In 60 innings, he’s manage to fan 75 batters. He is only 2-5 so he’s had some hard luck. His 3.13 ERA suggests that he’s having an All-Star season.
Here is what scouts have to say at MLB Prospect Pipeline:
The athletic, albeit a bit undersized, right-hander has the chance to have a solid three-pitch mix. He’ll throw his fastball anywhere in the 90-95 mph range and he throws it with a lot of life, inducing ground-ball outs at a very high rate. He’ll show an average breaking ball, but it’s inconsistent, something he’ll have to tighten up as he moves up the ladder. He has a feel for a changeup, which could also be a Major League average offering for him. He tends to be a strike-thrower but does not miss a ton of bats, something that sharper secondary stuff will help. ETA 2019.
Here’s Medina popping the ball this spring:
The Phillies may have a real star on their hands and they’re bringing him along slowly. They want him to throw a certain amount of minor-league innings before he debut’s in the big leagues. Fans will start calling for him to be promoted soon.
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