Tuesday, June 28, 2016

An Unknown: Adonis Medina

There is a 19 year old slicing through batters like a hot knife in butter in Low-A Williamsport.  Adonis Medina has made 3 starts this season and has surrendered nary a run. 21 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 0.57 WHIP. This success shouldn't be too shocking though, as he's been nothing short of brilliant since his minor league career began.  Since 2014, Adonis has amassed 92.2 innings over 24 appearances, 13 of them starts, and has a sparkling 1.85 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.  He currently ranks 16th in MLB.com's Top 30 prospects for the Phillies. With continued excellence on the mound, he'll climb the charts by season's end.
Medina stands out already for his advanced feel for pitching that belies his age to go along with very encouraging steps forward stuff-wise. His fastball has jumped velocity wise, and he'll now throw it in the 90-95 mph range. He throws it with sink to get groundball outs and it's possible there's more in the tank to come. He spins a good breaking ball already and has feel for a changeup, both of which are inconsistent but have the chance to be at least Major League average. Medina throws strikes, but can refine his overall command to make his stuff play up even more. While the Phillies might be cautious with this teenager for the time being, his ability to execute on the mound could allow him to move a bit more quickly as he matures, with a future as a No. 3 type starter a possibility. ~MLB.com
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*I've been thinking about what trade chips the Phillies have. Honestly, not much. At least nothing that will bring back a big enough haul to get excited about.  Peter Bourjos is starting to hit and has long been known for his quality defense, so maybe a playoff contender will snatch him up for a middling prospect. Jeremy Hellickson is likely to be dealt as well, but he's nothing more than a back end of the rotation arm, so no minor league studs in return for him. The one player I'd love to see traded is Chooch. He's in the final year of his contract and has plenty of playoff experience, something teams covet when it comes to veterans, especially catchers.  A team like the Astros could certainly benefit from his tutelage.

*Adam Morgan has been moved to the bullpen. I like the move. I'm not ready to give up on him as a MLB pitcher, but he needs to show some improvement, or he'll fall quickly down the depth chart that has plenty of youngsters waiting for the chance to be called up.

18 comments:

Bob D said...

I think any trades would be done to 1 add a prospect and 2 add a roster spot for one of our prospects. Thompson, Lively, Crawford, Knapp, and Williams all could be promoted but they are not on the 40 man roster so some players would have to be moved or cut to allow them. I dont think they will be until September and maybe after AAA playoffs.

ripjgarcia said...

Futures game rosters are out. Only one recognizable from the Phillies organization in Cozens, cause I have not a clue who Richard Pinto is.

GM-Carson said...

Too many mental mistakes and boneheaded plays by the Phils this year. The blame goes to the players, but also the manager. So many base running miscues, bunting at bad times, swinging on 1st pitches when a take was needed, lackadaisical play in the field.

GM-Carson said...

Looking over the current rosters of the other 29 MLB teams, and considering ones with playoff aspirations, this is where I could see Chooch finding a home...

Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and Washington Nationals.

He does have 10 & 5 rights, but I gotta think he'd like an opportunity to get to the playoffs again.

GM-Carson said...

Yet another reason I can't stand Mackanin- insisting on getting Ruiz more at bats because of his "game calling skills". This team is starved for offense and Cameron Rupp actually provides some, yet he's splitting time with Ruiz because Mackanin is a f'n chode. Seriously, just look at Howard batting 4th in the lineup, yet again. Why?! Howard is 0-41 when down in the count 0-2. Yep, cleanup hitter for sure right there. Mackanin is a dumbass.

ripjgarcia said...

I think MacKanin thinks he's smart though.. You gotta wonder what Larry Bowa is really thinking watching it all.

GM-Carson said...

Mackanin does weird shit. He think he's cute batting pitcher 8th and shit like that. He's irritating. I wonder when the Phillies will get a true strategist in there.

GM-Carson said...

Mark Appel out the remainder of the season after getting surgery to remove bone spur on his elbow.

ripjgarcia said...

sick of these boneheaded mistakes. damn.. little leaguers have more discipline

GM-Carson said...

Swept the series despite some crap play. Nice to see some offense though.

GM-Carson said...

Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins of the Reading Fightins have each blasted 21 homeruns and knocked in 62 runs. OPS are almost identical too, Cozens - .922, Hoskins - .928.

ripjgarcia said...

Matt Imhoff (Clearwater) lost his eye.. that sucks

GM-Carson said...

Yeah, that's crazy how that happened. Gotta think he'll be paid handsomely for this mishap though.

Bob D said...

So sad for Imhoff. Cozens and Hoskins both with 22 HR and 66 RBIs now - crazy power

GM-Carson said...

I'm excited to see some power in Reading.

I read an article today on Phillies.com that they might not trade any of their players. I think that's a mistake. Trading Chooch, Hellickson, and Bourjos would free roster space for promotions - Knapp for Chooch, Thompson for Hellickson, Williams for Bourjos. Then other guys can be promoted up a level - Cozens and Hoskins namely. Of course there is a log jam at 1st base in AAA with Ruf and Stassi. But I am in favor of releasing Howard and calling one of them up. Stassi doesn't have much power, but he does have good plate discipline- .264/.801 and could platoon with Joseph. Joseph kills lefties (.965 OPS) and struggles against righties (.582).

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