Adonis Medina was your selection as the #16 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Medina received 95 of 299 votes (32%) to achieve a plurality victory over Mark Appel (56 votes, 19%) and Ben Lively (44 votes, 15%).
Adonis Medina was signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on May 29, 2014 at the age of seventeen.
He reported to the DSL. In 11 appearances and 26.1 innings, Medina posted a 1.37 ERA, 4 BB, 22 K, 0.987 WHIP, 1.4 BB/9, and 7.5 K/9. He had 2 starts, 7 finishes, a 2-3 record, and 1 save. He was invited stateside to Fall Instructs. I saw him on two occasions. He was a consistent 88-89 mph with his fastball, peaking at 90 mph.
In 2015, Medina made his GCL debut. This season marked his transition to a full time starter. His two non-starts were a 3.0 inning stint following a rehab inning by Shane Watson cut short by a rain delay and a 6.0 stint following a rain delay after a Felix Paulino start. He pitched 45.1 innings in 10 games. Medina posted a 3-2 record with a 2.98 ERA, 12 BB, 35 K, 1.191 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 6.9 K/9.
Medina showed more velocity with his fastball, 90-94 mph, and was reported to have touched 96 mph by Chris King. King also reported advanced feel with his curve ball. I saw him in in the same range during the season, but not 96. Medina also threw a change up. He came to Instructs again and I saw FB 92-93, CH 85, CB 76-77 mph.
In 2016, Medina pitched for Williamsport. In 13 starts and 64.2 innings, he posted a 5-3 record, 2.64 ERA, and 1.098 WHIP. The numbers that raise concern are his 24 BB (3.3 BB/9) and 34 K (4.7 K/9).
But in June, Medina came within 2 outs of a no-hitter. It was his third game of the season and he hadn’t allowed a run in any of those first 3 games (21.0 innings).
King had Medina hitting 97 mph in the spring. Medina threw 22 pitches/15 strikes in the NY/Penn All Star Game. In his one inning he struck out three. His FB was clocked at 90-94, touching 96 mph, his CH at 86-89, and CB at 79-83. I saw Medina twice during Instructs – FB 92-95 mph the first game and 92-94 mph the second.
I think it’s important to note that Medina was at the 2016 Fall Instructs, his third trip. It indicates that the Phillies are still working with him and maybe his BB and K numbers had as much to do with new pitches, grips, release points, or follow through as with anything else. If he weren’t still a part of their plans, he wouldn’t have been back a third time.
Medina has been 2.4 years younger than the league average the past two seasons. He just turned 20 a couple weeks ago, and is likely to be in Lakewood next season.
Medina will be Rule 5 eligible after the 2018 season.
Next up is your selection for the #17 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph
- Scott Kingery
- Kevin Gowdy
- Harold Arauz
- Andrew Knapp
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Adonis Medina