RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: February 8, 1993
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2009 (Orioles)
How Acquired: Trade from Orioles (for Yamaico Navarro)
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.
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.
In his second DSL season, Medina didn’t pitch quite as well, as he had control problems.
Medina started and relieved in the GCL and pitched well, fanning over a batter an inning.
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 should get another shot at Bradenton in 2014. His ability to get swings and misses was impressive in 2013, but it should be remembered that low-minors relievers almost never make it in the majors.
|2014: 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: 2014
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.