Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Top 30 #2 Selection

Adonis Medina was your selection as the #2 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Medina received 88 of the 249 votes cast (35.34%).  The next four positions were tightly contested among Adam Haseley (44 votes, 17.67%), Alec Bohm (36 votes, 14.46%), Spencer Howard (29 votes, 11.65%), and Luis Garcia (26 votes, 10.44%).

Fifteen other players received votes with a surprising six for Mitch Walding.

Medina had a successful 2019 campaign.  He went 10-4 with the Clearwater Threshers in 22 appearances (21 starts).  His one non-start came in relief of a Jerad Eickhoff rehab start in August.  In 111.1 innings, Medina posted a 4.12 ERA, 36 walks (2.9 BB9), 123 strike outs (9.9 K9), and 1.249 WHIP.  A couple of rough outings in the first month of the season skewed his ERA up to 10.24, but he steadily brought it down to a respectable number.  Median finished the season holding the opposition to 4 ER in his final 4 starts (26.0 innings).

Medina struck out a career high 12 batters twice during the season.  At times, his control was a concern.  He issued 16 of his 36 walks in 5 starts.  Another concern would be the 11 HR he allowed (roughly one every nine innings).

Medina has a 3-pitch mix of fast ball, slider, and change up.  His FB range is low 90s to 96 mph, touching 97 mph.  He pitched well enough to be placed on the 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 Draft.

Adonis Medina was signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on May 29, 2014 at the age of seventeen.  He moved through the system one level each season.

  • 2014, DSL:  Medina posted a 1.37 ERA and 0.987 WHIP in 11 games and 26.1 innings. He issued 4 walks (1.4 BB9) and struck out 22  (7.5 K9).  He made 2 starts, had 7 finishes, a 2-3 record, and 1 save.  He was invited to Fall Instructs where I saw him throw his FB a consistent 88-89 mph, peaking at 90 mph.
  • 2015, GCL:  Medina made 8 starts, 10 total appearances.  This season marked his transition to a full time starter.  His two non-starts were following a rehab inning and a rain delay.  He posted a 2.98 ERA and 1.191 WHIP in 45.1 innings.  He issued 12 BB  (2.4 BB9), struck out 35 (6.9 K9) and posted a 3-2 record.  Medina’s FB velocity increased to 90-94 mph, and was reported to have touched 96 mph.  He was showing the beginnings of an advanced CB and also threw a CH.  During Instructs, I had him at  FB 92-93, CH 85, CB 76-77.
  • 2016, Williamsport:  Medina posted a 2.64 ERA and 1.098 WHIP in 13 starts, 64.2 innings.  He posted a 5-3 record, but the numbers that raised concern were his 24 BB (3.3 BB9) and 34 K (4.7 K9).  He maintained a low 90s FB that touched 95-97 mph as well as his CH and CB.  He made a third trip to Instructs and threw his FB 92-95 mph.
  • 2017, Lakewood:  Medina rebounded with some very good numbers.  He posted a 3.01 ERA and 1.187 WHIP in 22 starts, 119.2 innings.  He issued 39 walks (2.9 BB9) and struck out 133 (10.0 K9).  He FB maintained its low 90s velocity touching 95-97 mph, but he ran into some bad luck posting a 4-9 record.

Medina will attend major league spring training in 2019, and will most likely start in Double-A Reading.

The poll for the #3 prospect will be posted in a separate thread.

Here are the complete results for the #2 poll.

7 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Top 30 #2 Selection

  1. Sandusky and his entire family must be voting for Walding. Please tell me why Walding is the 2nd best prospect in the organization? If that’s the case then Larry Greene, who I think is still attached the Phils somewhere, must be top 10

  2. Medina will be at Reading this year and is already on the 40. It’s not impossible to envision a scenario where he gets called up to the majors in the pen this year if things break a certain way.

    1. The big clubs SP pretty solid imo, In terms of a prospecting bumping on. I believe VV would be that most Vulnerable to be bumped if Medina was exceling to point for a promotion.

      Sixto and Medina have more movement on their pitches than I’ve seen from the Phillies pitching prospects in a long time. Medina, if he learns to pitch vs throw, his stuff already looks major league ready to me (from V1’s fangraph video) I watched some more prospects today as well, Howard has less movement on his FB, but is in a downward arching angle, not straight. His curve/hook is nasty too. His mechanics look smooth and controlled, avg 96-98 in a playoff game? Sounds like a work horse. The Phillies will be lucky to get these 3 to the majors as I’m sure everyone and their mother will try to pooch them from the Phillies.

      On a side note, I watched Luis Garcia film, some observations – maybe it was the angle, but his 5’11” height looked generous, def needs to add muscle , but he’s young. Looked like he could identify pitches, nice fluid swing. I was trying to see the “elite barrel control”, still trying to fill understand what that is. Lastly, he has somewhat of a funny running hitch… he keeps his left hand in a weird position while running. Obviously that’s a minor detail, but it stood out to me since i don’t recall anyone every running like that. He leans forward which is good for speed so that’s a plus.

      Haseley and Moniak, time to make strides this year. They had great 2nd half’s, need to see that continue or at the very least, repeat.

      Lastly, Bohm has a lot swing. When he makes contact looks like it will be on par with Howard’s distance. Surprised he didn’t get a hold of one last year in the time after the draft. I’m sure that changes within the first 4 games of the season.

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