Winter Leagues: Yoervis Medina Has Been Pitching Well Recently

On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up pitcher Yoervis Medina off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. He has been pitching in Venezuela this winter and doing very well of late. In his last five outings combined for Cardenales de Lara, he has thrown 8.2 shutout innings, giving up two hits, two walks and he has eight strikeouts. The 27-year-old got off to a slow start, allowing seven earned runs over his first 6.1 innings.

As for action from Wednesday in Venezuela, Elias Diaz went 1-for-3 with a strikeout. He is now hitting .245/.318/.378 in 28 games this winter.

Wilfredo Boscan made his ninth start of the winter and it didn’t go well. He allowed four runs(three earned) on four hits and no walks, with two strikeouts. He announced the other day that he won’t pitch in the playoffs, so his season could be done. The regular season ends on December 29th, but his team has off the next couple days, so he may not pitch again unless they skip someone in the rotation. Boscan has a 3.32 ERA in 43.1 innings, with 24 strikeouts and a 2.54 GO/AO ratio.

A.J. Morris threw two perfect innings, retiring all six batters he faced, three by strikeouts. Morris has a 3.08 ERA in 38 innings, spread out over 20 appearances.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz was moved to the lead-off spot and it didn’t go so well the first day. He went 0-for-5 with a strikeout. He had a strong 14-game run that ended Tuesday when he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

In Colombia, Tito Polo had a couple nice games early this week, going a combined 4-or-7 with a double. That brought his slash line up to .307/.407/.493 in 75 at-bats. Harold Ramirez hasn’t played since the All-Star game last weekend. No reason has been given, but it could just be due to the amount of time he has already put in this winter between Mexico and Colombia.

In Mexico, Luis Heredia attempted to close out a 6-1 game on Wednesday night, but he couldn’t get through the ninth inning. He recorded two outs before leaving, but not before he allowed three runs on three hits and a walk. Heredia threw 29 pitches, 17 for strikes. He has a 5.68 ERA through 19 innings and 15 appearances.

Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. His average dropped to .240 through 179 at-bats.

The Dominican League wrapped up it’s schedule on Tuesday. The four playoff teams will begin play on December 27th, but there isn’t much of note among the teams left. The two players still in the Pirates’ system in the playoffs are Mel Rojas Jr. and Pedro Florimon. Unsigned free agents still playing are Gustavo Nunez, Wilkin Castillo and Andy Vasquez.

There is nothing on the schedule the next couple days, so the winter league coverage will resume after Saturday.

  • Why didn’t we send Searge to Mexico to work with him, since he can fix any pitcher…wink, wink

  • It’s time to pull a Stetson Allie with Heredia. Just move him to shortstop. With that sleek and athletic frame, he’s a natural.

  • Am I the only one who thinks we need to cut bait with heredia now? Seriously just move on already

    • I think he has another year, only because of his age.

      I think it was Dreker who said, he just peaked early. Never really developed after they signed him. Probably happens a lot.

      I just wish he would have taken his conditioning more seriously. I’m 34 and I set a PR with the bench yesterday. Maybe a light will go on wit him.

      • Finally hit 100 lbs, huh? Congrats. j/k- agree about Heredia- just seems like he never really applied himself. Pretty frustrating to watch – could use that money we gave him now to get a starting pitcher.

      • Close to what I said. He peaked in 2012 in the NYPL. Scouts loved him. Had three different scouts, who I didn’t ask about Heredia, rave about him because they knew I covered the Pirates. I don’t get too many unsolicited opinions from scouts, so that really stood out. I saw him multiple times in 2013 and once in 2014 and he got worse each time.

        • Been nice if they sent him to the Mets instead of Dilson.

        • So the glaring question is what went wrong? It would be an interesting story for someone to go in depth on this one. Why were the scouts all raving……and what happened to the young man. I would love to know if he just stalled out or if a makeover in his mechanics didn’t work.

      • Awe nold. Is dat you?

    • nothing to lose by keeping him around….

    • He has two years left before minor league free agency, so there is no reason not to keep him around. He doesn’t get paid anymore than anyone else(gets less than AAA/AA guys) so no harm letting him continue.

      • He’s one of the best examples of what I call prospect deflation syndrome. That’s where if you don’t trade them and you could have gotten something at the time then they don’t work out after all. Tony Sanchez fits as well. I’m telling you based on all the arm surgeries Kingham and Tailion probably fit that profile too. With his defensive issues and lack of power add Bell to the list as well. I know the Pirates aren’t the only ones wildly overrate prospects but that doesn’t make it sound baseball policy My favorite of all time was when the Yankees said a player was untradeable. Are ready for this it was Joba Chamberlain. Just saying.

        • Merry Christmas, and good lord just put all prospects on the list and trade them all. Anyone not successful by 23 gets shipped out.

          It’s really not wildly overeating your prospects to avoid trading people all of baseball says is a top 100 player in the minors under 25 years old.

          • Merry Christmas to you too. And I didn’t say trade all prospects. You’ll notice I didn’t put Meadows or Glasnows. As far as not trading prospects that eventually never work. The list is a lot bigger than I said Hermananson, Benson, Burlington etc. Now is time to be buyers. I stand by what I said Bell,Kingham and Tailion for Shelby Miller. I would have been a home run. Especially coupled with the Niese trade. Locke as fifth starter would not have mattered.

    • While I don’t expect the light to magically just come on with him, there is no reason to cut him. I think next offseason would be the first time he would need to be “protected” via the 40-man, but given the way he has pitched as a professional I don’t believe he would be in jeopardy of being taken in the Rule 5 draft. Therefore he would likely not be protected. After that, as long as he isn’t traded or eventually taken in the Rule 5 draft, I believe we could still control his rights for 3 more years. So, like I said, I am not holding my breath waiting for the light to come on, but there is enough talent in him that there is no reason to cut him now.

      While it is disappointing that to date, he hasn’t worked out as planned, we only spent $2.6 mil on him, IMO, that is well worth the risk given the fastball he had at the time.

  • Heredia OUCH!