Signed for $70,000 back in 2014, Medina has moved steadily up the ladder before breaking out at Class A Lakewood last year. He’s a smaller-framed righty at 6’1’’ and 185 pounds, but he has an extra-fast arm and premium athleticism. The fastball is a future-plus offering, ranging from 91-to-93 mph in this look, though he has run it up higher in the past. It shows firm, late life that hitters struggle to square up when he’s working down in the zone. He commands his fastball well for a pitcher his age and has confidence throwing it in a jam. His slider is more slurvy looking at 78-to-81 mph, and he has the ability to vary the tilt. The SL shows quality depth and late biting action, and he gets swings over the top versus both righties and lefties. He will need to land the slider for strikes more often in order for the pitch to reach its above-average ceiling. Medina did not show much of a changeup in this outing.
While he comes with considerable long-term upside, he’s more of a two-pitch guy at this point. The ceiling could be as high as a mid-rotation starter, but there is a lot of variance in this type of profile and he is a safer bet to fit a bullpen profile at the major league level.