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Reydel Medina jumped out to a slow start to the 2015 season. Over his first week of the season he would go 2-17 (.118) with three walks and eight strikeouts. In the second and final week of June he turned things around, going 9-20 (.450) with two doubles, a triple and a home run. He also stole two bases.
The hot hitting carried forward into July. After going 0-4 on July 2nd, the 22-year-old Cuban went 4-6 with three home runs, a walk and he drove in five runs. He would hit another home run the next day and hit .409 on the week. As hot as he was coming into the second week of July, he went ice cold, going 2-23 (.087) in six games. In the third week of the month he would hit two more home runs, but go just 4-20 (.200) on the week with eight strikeouts. The final week of July was more of the same as Medina went 4-25 (.160), but hit two home runs. For the month he would hit .211/.265/.522 with four doubles, eight home runs, six walks and 28 strikeouts in 98 plate appearances.
August began with a bang, much like July did. The Cuban went 2-4 with two home runs in his first game, but he went 0-8 with four walks the rest of the week. Things picked up in the second week of the season, going 7-19 (.368) with a double and a triple. The hot hitting didn’t carry forward as Medina would hit .192 in six games over the next week. Over the last four games of the month he would go 3-12 with three walks and a solo home run. After a week off he returned to the lineup for the final five games of the season, going 1-4 in each game with two doubles and a home run in that stretch. Over the final 24 games of the season Reydel Medina hit .247/.309/.449 with four doubles, a triple, four home runs, eight walks and 25 strikeouts.
Reydel Medina Scouting Report
Hitting | While he’s able to use the entire field he’s got a below-average hit tool.
Power | Power is his calling card with above-average to plus power potential.
Running | He’s a slightly above-average runner.
Throwing | He shows off an average to slightly above-average arm in right field.
Fielding | He’s a good defender in right field, but could use some work at first base.
Reydel Medina has a lot of power to work with, but his bat has a lot of work to do. He’s got a high strikeout rate, mostly due to his struggles with pitch recognition. While it did improve from the previous season, it’s still a work in progress. There’s some upside with Medina who shows average or better tools with the exception of his hit tool, but he’s raw and will likely be a slow mover over the next few years.