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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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