Medina Shows Flashes in Big League Debut; Optioned to Lehigh Valley

By Greg Hall, Sports Talk Philly Editor

After a rocky first few innings, 23-year-old Adonis Medina settled down in his major league debut to give the Phillies (27-26) a chance to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays (27-26). Ultimately, bullpen's gonna bullpen and the Phils lost 6-3 in their last game at Citizens Bank Park this season.

Medina's final line was 4 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB and 4 K across 84 pitches; he retired the last eight hitters he faced.

Much like Vince Velasquez and former Phillie Nick Pivetta, Medina had trouble throwing strikes, which led to an elevated pitch count early in the game.

An international free agent that signed in 2014, Medina worked his way up the Phillies pipeline into a top pitching prospect until rough 2018 and 19 seasons muted much of the hype. Very short on starting pitching, the Phillies called upon Medina less than 24 hours before his scheduled start, which may have been to his benefit, mentally.

Flashing a low-to-mid-90's fastball and off-speed stuff that is good enough to hold at the big league level, Medina reminded a lot of people why he was once one of the Phillies best prospects.

After allowing both of his earned runs in the first inning, including balking one in, Medina escaped a bases loaded jam unscathed in the second. That seemed to be the biggest confidence booster for the young right hander.

Medina was optioned to Lehigh Valley after the game, in what seems to be a procedural move since he will not be needed until the weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays to end the season. It would make sense that he will start one of those three games with potentially Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola taking the other two, should the Phillies still be fighting for a playoff spot. 

If the Phillies make said playoffs, the team announced that Medina would be a part of the 40-man postseason player pool.

Overall, it was a promising start for the righty for a Phillies team that will be looking to add 1-2 starting pitchers this offseason. Maybe Medina can fill one of those two spots.