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Late Round Draft Pick Jesse Medrano Brings Versatility to the Table

Jesse Medrano saw time all around the field during instructs. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Late Round Draft Pick Jesse Medrano Brings Versatility to the Table
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted infielder Jesse Medrano in the 31st round of the 2017 draft. He was a senior at Fresno State, where he mostly played third base during his final two seasons of college, after splitting his time between the two middle infield spots during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Medrano was a late bloomer in college, who drew the attention of the Pirates during his senior season when he really put things together.

As a freshman at Fresno State in 2014, Medrano split his time between shortstop and second base. He played 37 games total, 24 as a starter, and hit at the bottom of the lineup, The Pirates were able to get a good look at him that season while they were scouting their 2014 third round pick, Jordan Luplow. Medrano hit just .220 in his limited time, walki...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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