Born: February 8, 1993
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 158
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2009 (Orioles)
How Acquired: Trade from Orioles (for Yamaico Navarro)
Country: Venezuela


The Pirates acquired Medina for Yamaico Navarro, who’d been designated for assignment.  Medina’s fastball reportedly sat at 90-91 with the Orioles, and he had a slider and change that need improvement.  With the Pirates in 2013, though, his velocity was up to 93-94.  Considering his size, he’s probably a longshot to become a prospect, although at least he had success at the rookie level at age 19.

DSL:  3-3-0, 2.32 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 50.1 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 8.8 K/9

Medina had a good debut in ten starts as a 17-year-old, holding opponents to a .211 average while striking out three times as many as he walked.

DSL:  5-4-0, 3.02 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 65.2 IP, 4.7 BB/9, 8.2 K/9

In his second DSL season, Medina didn’t pitch quite as well, as he had control problems.

R:  1-3-2, 3.72 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 46.0 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 9.2 K/9
A-:  0-0-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 6.8 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

Medina started and relieved in the GCL and pitched well, fanning over a batter an inning.

A:  2-2-13, 1.78 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 35.1 IP, 5.3 BB/9, 14.0 K/9
A+:  0-0-0, 2.53 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 10.2 IP, 9.3 BB/9, 11.0 K/9

The Pirates sent Medina to Bradenton in mid-April and he made one appearance.  He returned about three weeks later and pitched in relief for the Marauders for about a month.  He struggled with his control and was sent down to West Virginia.  He spent the rest of the season closing games for the Power and did very well despite continuing control issues.  He had a very high K rate and opponents batted just .164 against him.  That included just .109 by right-handed hitters.

A+:  3-0-3, 0.72 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 50.0 IP, 5.2 BB/9, 8.5 K/9

Medina spent the season in the Bradenton bullpen.  He allowed only four earned runs all year and obviously was extremely hard to hit; opponents batted only .174 against him, although that was partly due to an unrealistic .240 batting average on balls in play, as he didn’t fan as many as the previous year.  Opponents also slugged only .233 and had no HRs (until the playoffs, when he served up a grand slam on the first pitch he threw in the opener).  The control problems continued.  Medina pitched only twice all year on fewer than three days’ rest and often got 5-6 days.  I don’t know whether that’s because the Pirates consider him very fragile or because they don’t consider him a prospect.  Ryan Hafner, for example, threw over 50% more innings out of the bullpen.

It’s hard to know what to make of Medina.  He’s a small pitcher with good, but not great, velocity and no secondary pitch that stands out.  He seems to miss a lot of bats by changing speeds on his fastball.  His command remains poor.  He’s now eligible for the Rule 5 draft, but the Pirates didn’t handle him like a player they’re thinking of adding to the roster.  He wasn’t selected and will be in the Altoona bullpen in 2015.

Baseball Reference–Minors
2015: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
December 14, 2009: Signed as an international free agent by the Baltimore Orioles.
November 30, 2012: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Yamaico Navarro.