Right-handed pitcher Luis Medina was signed by the Yankees as an international free agent on July 8, 2015. Out of Nagua, Dominican Republic for $280,000.
In his first professional season, Medina started three games for the Dominican Summer League Yankees where he did not record a decision and allowed just one run in 4 2/3 innings of work while striking out four and walking four. He only allowed two hits before a minor injury caused him to be shut down for the remainder of the season.
Medina opened the 2017 season with the DSL Yankees once again, this time he was 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in four games, three starts while striking out 17 batters in 15 2/3 innings of work.
He was promoted to the Pulaski Yankees in August, where he pitched in an additional six games, all starts. With Pulaski, he was 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings of work.
Luis Medina returned to Pulaski for his season consecutive season in 2018. His second tour of duty in the league did not go well. The righty allowed 46 walks, almost double what he allowed the previous season. He struck out 47 batters over 36 innings in 12 starts. His 25 earned runs allowed meant he had a 6.25 ERA.
When he signed with the Yankees, Medina’s fastball was around 94-96 miles per hour. Since joining the organization, he has been able to get it up to triple digits at times but still sits in the mid-90s.
He has two secondary pitches, a curveball, and changeup, both are above-average right now but have the potential to become plus pitches in the future. He is still young, and extremely raw.
Medina is a prospect that will require patience and the Yankees have shown they are willing to wait and be patient with him in his development. After two consecutive seasons in Pulaski he will likely move up a level in 2019, but whether it is in Staten Island or Charleston depends on how he fairs in minor league spring training.