JHONDANIEL MEDINA
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
  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
Agent:
N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

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.

2010
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.

2011
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.

2012
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.

2013
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.

Medina will get another shot at Bradenton in 2014, possibly as the Marauders’ closer.  His ability to get swings and misses in 2013 was impressive, but it should be remembered that low-minors relievers don’t often make it in the majors.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
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.