Born: December 18, 1996
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 187
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Phillies
How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Phillies)
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: Boras Corporation
Medina pitched well in the early minors and became a prominent member of the Phillies’ top prospect lists.  He hasn’t, though, had as much success in the upper minors.  He throws a fastball that sits at about 92-93 mph and, at times, commands it well.  He also throws a slider that’s above-average at times, and a change that still needs to improve.  Medina doesn’t miss a great many bats but gets a lot of groundballs.  He’s been a starter throughout his minor league career.  The Pirates claimed him off waivers.

DSL:  2-3-1, 1.37 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 26.1 IP, 1.4 BB/9, 7.5 K/9

Pitching mostly in relief, Medina made a strong debut in the Dominican Summer League.

R:  3-2-0, 2.98 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 45.1 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 6.9 K/9

Medina continued to pitch well in rookie ball, although his K rate wasn’t impressive.  He started most of the time and showed good control for an 18-year-old.  Baseball America ranked him as the Phillies’ ninth best prospect.

A-:  5-3-0, 2.92 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 64.2 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 4.7 K/9

In short season ball, Medina again got good result, but he had a very low K rate.  BA ranked him 16th in the system.

A:  4-9-0, 3.01 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 119.2 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 10.0 K/9

In full season ball, Medina made 22 starts.  He adjusted his delivery and doubled his K rate.  BA ranked him fourth in the Phillies’ system and 84th in all of baseball.

A+:  10-4-0, 4.12 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 111.1 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9

Medina pitched well again, this time in the Florida State League.  He was probably better than his ERA; he had an xFIP of 3.42.  BA rated him third in the system and the Phillies added him to the 40-man roster after the season.

AA:  7-7-0, 4.94 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 105.2 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 7.0 K/9

Philadelphia sent Medina to AA and he had considerably more trouble, especially in the second half, when he had an ERA of 6.75.  BA still ranked him fifth in the system.

MLB:  0-1-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 6.8 BB/9, 9.0 K/9

Medina spent the pandemic season at the Phillies’ alternate training site.  He got called up for one start.

AAA:  4-5-0, 5.05 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 67.2 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 7.3 K/9
MLB:  0-0-0, 3.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 7.2 IP, 4.7 BB/9, 7.0 K/9

Medina spent most of the season in AAA, making 17 starts.  He didn’t pitch well, allowing ten home runs and seeing his K rate drop.  The Phillies called him up in September and he made one start and three relief appearances.  The Phillies designated him for assignment just before MLB locked out the players and, due to the transaction freeze, there he stayed until mid-March.  The Pirates claimed him shortly after the labor agreement was reached.

Medina figured to be rotation, or maybe bullpen, depth.  Although the Phillies used three of his options, he’s eligible for a fourth, so the Pirates could have sent him to AAA.  That never happened, though, as they designated him for assignment when they signed Andrew Knapp.

2022: Minor League Salary
Signing Bonus: $70,000
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: 9/9/2020
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible: 2028
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2018 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 1 (USED:  2019, 2020, 2021)
MLB Service Time: 0.027
May 29, 2014: Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an international free agent.
November 20, 2018: Contract purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies.
December 1, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies.
March 16, 2022:
Claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
April 6, 2022: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.