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Pirates Claim Pitcher Adonis Medina from Phillies

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday night that they have made another waiver pickup, claiming right-handed pitcher Adonis Medina from the Philadelphia Phillies. The 25-year-old has made five big league appearances over the last two seasons. He has a 3.86 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP and ten strikeouts in 11.2 innings. A 40-man roster move will need to be made to open up a spot.

Medina has been ranked among the Phillies top prospects by Baseball America every year since 2016, starting at ninth place, dropping to 16th in 2017, followed by fourth, third and fifth place rankings during the 2018-20 seasons. Going into 2021, he ranked 12th in their system. He dropped in the rankings this year due to a 5.05 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 67.2 innings over 17 starts. In 2018, he was a top 100 prospect in baseball, ranking 84th. From 2015-19, he ranked as a top prospect in five different leagues as he worked his way up the minor league system. Their latest report has him hitting 95 MPH with his fastball, showing nice movement and command. He has an above average slider and a changeup with potential.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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