Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45
There may not be a prospect in baseball with a bigger gap between his ceiling and floor than Medina. He first reached triple digits with his fastball shortly before he signed for $280,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, but he remains much more thrower than pitcher four years later. He logged a 6.25 ERA with 46 walks in 36 innings while repeating the Rookie-level Appalachian League last season.
Medina has electric arm speed that generates 95-100 mph fastballs with little effort, peaking at 102 with some cutting action. His high-spin curveball gives him a second plus-plus pitch at its best, combining power in the low 80s with sharp break. His low-90s changeup has splitter action and gives him a third weapon that can make hitters look silly.
Medina is athletic and has no glaring flaws in his delivery, helping his chances of developing at least the decent command he'll need to succeed. Some observers believe his strike-throwing issues are more mental than physical. He has the upside of a frontline starter with a more realistic expectation of becoming a difference-making reliever, and the Yankees will give him plenty of time to figure things out.
New York Yankees selected the contract of RHP Luis Medina from Tampa Tarpons.
RHP Luis Medina assigned to Tampa Tarpons from Charleston RiverDogs.
RHP Luis Medina assigned to Charleston RiverDogs from Pulaski Yankees.
RHP Luis Medina assigned to Pulaski Yankees from DSL Yankees.
RHP Luis Medina assigned to DSL Yankees.
RHP Luis Medina assigned to GCL Yankees West from DSL Yankees.
RHP Luis Medina assigned to DSL Yankees1.
New York Yankees signed free agent RHP Luis Medina to a minor league contract.