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Athletics' Luis Medina: Traded to Oakland
Medina was traded from the Yankees to the Athletics on Monday along with Ken Waldichuk, JP Sears and Cooper Bowman in exchange for Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino, Jack Curry of YES Network reports.
Medina has been a prospect of note for years thanks to elite raw stuff. Unfortunately, his command has never been good enough on a consistent basis for him to be seen as a likely starting pitcher. Medina has just one minor-league option year remaining, so he will likely debut next year out of the big-league bullpen. The 23-year-old righty has a 3.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 81 strikeouts and 40 walks in 72 innings this year in a repeat of Double-A. If his command improves, Medina could be Oakland's closer of the future.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Excels in first Double-A start
Medina tossed 5.2 innings for Double-A Somerset on Wednesday, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 10.
Medina's final line was impacted by a pair of runners he was responsible for crossing the plate after he left the game, but it was nonetheless an impressive outing for the 22-year-old right-hander in his Double-A debut. After striking out 50 batters in 32.2 frames in High-A ball, he continued racking up whiffs with his 10-strikeout performance Wednesday. One of the keys to his success this season has been improved control; his overall 4.9 BB/9, though not overly impressive, ranks as his best season mark across four minor-league campaigns.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Moves up to Double-A
The Yankees promoted Medina from High-A Hudson Valley to Double-A Somerset on Sunday, Josh Norris of Baseball America reports.
Medina was one of three Hudson Valley rotation members to receive a call-up to the next rung of the minors, with Ken Waldichuk and Hayden Wesneski also joining him. The 22-year-old Medina is the youngest of the trio and likely rates as the best pitching prospect, thanks to a fastball that routinely hits triple digits to go with an excellent curveball and a plus changeup. He blew away the competition at High-A through his first seven starts, posting a 2.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and a 50:19 K:BB in 32.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Thriving in High-A ball
Medina has registered a 1.45 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 32:9 K:BB across 18.2 innings with High-A Hudson Valley.
The 22-year-old punched out 11 batters over 5.2 innings Thursday to pick up his second win of the campaign. One reason for Medina's dominance thus far is improved control, as his walk rate is down to a tolerable 4.5 BB/9. He could ascend quickly through the system and further cement his status as a top pitching prospect if he's able to continue to keep the walks down. Medina has the ability to hit triple digits with his fastball, so the potential for big-time strikeout numbers is undisputable.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Optioned by Yankees
Medina was optioned to High-A Hudson Valley on Friday.
The organization has expressed high optimism for Medina, but he's only 21 years of age and needs more seasoning, so he'll open the campaign in High-A ball. The right-hander has made one Grapefruit League appearance this spring, allowing one run on four walks over two-thirds of an inning. Control has been Medina's primary struggle in his short professional career, so he'll need to work that issue out before he's ready to tackle the majors.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Could debut in 2021
Medina has a chance to be called up at some point during the coming campaign, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.
Medina is only 21 years old and has yet to pitch beyond the High-A level, but the organization is clearly optimistic about his outlook as a big-leaguer. "He's somebody we're very excited about...you never know what can happen. He's somebody that we feel has a bright future and a major-league future," manager Aaron Boone stated Tuesday. Though the young right-hander's upside and strikeout potential are certainly enticing, Medina will need to show vast improvement with his command and control before he's likely to find success in the majors.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Reassigned to alternate camp
Medina was reassigned to New York's alternate camp site Thursday.
This move was expected, as Medina -- who has yet to pitch above High-A -- was never a candidate to pitch for the big-league squad in 2020. Across 20 starts with Low-A Charleston last season, the 21-year-old posted a 6.00 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 115:67 K:BB in 93 innings.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Included in player pool
Medina will attend summer camp as part of the Yankees' 60-man player pool.
Medina is among the top pitching prospects in the organization, making his continued development a priority for the Yankees. The 21-year-old has yet to pitch beyond the High-A level, so it's unlikely he'll see any big-league playing time in 2020.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Throws heat this spring
Medina struck out five batters in four innings in Grapefruit League action this spring and, according to a major-league scout, hit 96-97 mph with his fastball, Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media reports.
Medina also allowed only one run and two walks over his three outings, a promising result in light of his 5.47 ERA and 6.1 BB/9 in the minors last season. According to the unnamed scout, Medina's stuff may play best in a setup or closer role, though the Yankees have plenty of time to decide how to develop the 20-year-old. Given Medina's late-season success in 2019 -- he posted a 1.77 ERA over his final 45.2 innings -- he'll have the opportunity to prove his worth as a starter at High-A Tampa when the campaign gets underway.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Opening at High-A
Medina was optioned to High-A Tampa on Monday.
Medina reached High-A late last season, making just two starts. In 22 total starts between Tampa and Low-A Charleston last season, the 20-year-old struggled to a 5.47 ERA, with his encouraging 27.0 percent strikeout rate largely offset by his 14.9 percent walk rate. Like many young pitchers, he'll need to make strides with his command to allow his exciting stuff to play up to its potential.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Joins 40-man roster
Medina was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster Wednesday.
Medina has electric stuff so it's no surprise to see the Yankees protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. The 20-year-old received a late-season promotion to High-A Tampa and seems likely to start there in 2020.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Bumped up to High-A
Medina was promoted to High-A Tampa on Saturday.
Medina needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, so his ascent up the ranks isn't strictly related to readiness. He has some of the best pure stuff in the minors, but his command is well below average, hence his 115:67 K:BB in 93 innings at Low-A. However, he has been pitching very well of late, fanning 51 with 12 walks over 35 innings in his last six starts.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Fans 10 in Low-A
Medina threw six shutout innings for Low-A Charleston on Thursday, allowing two hits, striking out 10 and walking one in a 3-1 defeat for the RiverDogs.
Medina had been struggling mightily coming into the contest, with 16 earned runs to his name over his last three starts, but he was lights-out in this contest, recording his first double-digit strikeout effort of the season. Still, it's been a disappointing campaign so far for the 20-year-old, who has seen the control issues that plagued him in the Appalachian League last year persist in his first season with the RiverDogs, as he's issued 56 free passes in his 15 starts. Overall, he's sporting a 7.59 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP over 64 innings.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Spins gem in Low-A
Medina fired six scoreless innings for Low-A Charleston on Thursday, striking out three and walking two in a 10-0 win for the RiverDogs.
It was Medina's longest outing of his professional career so far, and he worked efficiently, needing just 80 pitches to make it through six frames. The 20-year-old right-hander has righted the ship in encouraging fashion after an erratic start to the season, as this was his second straight strong outing coming off a five-inning, nine-strikeout effort in his last start.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Opens at Low-A
Medina will open the year in the rotation at Low-A Charleston, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.
Medina's insane arsenal was on display last season in the Appalachian League (47 strikeouts in 36 innings), but his control issues were also very apparent (46 walks). It doesn't really matter where the Yankees would have assigned Medina -- when he is on, he's close to unhittable, and when he can't locate his pitches, most minor-league hitters can draw walks against him. If Medina's control were to jump a grade this season, his stock would explode.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Luis Medina: Opens in extended spring training
Medina will open the year in extended spring training, MLB.com's Jim Callis reports.
This was the expectation all offseason, as Medina, despite all his physical gifts, is still very raw. He walked 14 batters in 23 innings in the Appalachian League last year while flashing frontline starter upside. The 6-foot-1 righty only threw 38.2 innings in 2017, so the fact that he won't open the year in a full-season league lines up well with a likely innings cap this year. Few rookie-level pitchers can match his upside, so if an impatient dynasty-league owner drops him before short-season leagues begin, it would be wise to scoop him up.... See More ... See Less
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