When the Cincinnati Reds acquired Miguel Medrano in exchange for international signing pool cap space after the 2017 season it was only notable for those paying very close attention. He had never pitched beyond the Dominican Summer League and was about to turn 20-years-old. In 2018 he pitched with the Greeneville Reds where his ERA wasn’t strong, but his peripherals suggested he had pitched quite a bit better than his ERA was showing.
When the 2019 season got underway for Miguel Medrano he joined the Billings Mustangs when their season began in mid-June. His first start went about as well as you could imagine – he allowed one hit in 5.0 shutout innings with no walks and he struck out five batters. That was followed up against the same team, Idaho Falls, on the road in his next outing, where the Chukars got to the right-hander for two earned runs in 4.0 innings. June would come to an end with a 1-run, 1-hit outing against Missoula. Over his three starts and 13.0 innings he allowed three earned runs (2.08 ERA) with three walks and 13 strikeouts.
July, just like June, got out to a great start for Miguel Medrano. Facing off against Great Falls the 21-year-old threw 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit, no walks, and adding in seven strikeouts. But the next two outings didn’t go nearly as well. He didn’t make it out of the second inning on the 7th against Missoula, and he didn’t complete the fourth inning against Rocky Mountain on the 13th. Medrano would turn things around in his final three starts of the month. Spanning 13.0 innings he allowed four earned runs (2.77 ERA) with 17 strikeouts. For the month he made six starts and posted a 3.47 ERA in 23.1 innings with seven walks and 30 strikeouts.
The first game for Miguel Medrano in August didn’t come for the Billings Mustangs. Well, sort of. It came for the Pioneer League All-Star team as they matched up against the Northwest League All-Stars on August 6th. The right-handed pitcher would return to the mound on the 12th for the Mustangs as ht faced off against Grand Junction. It was a strong return for Medrano as he fired out 6.0 shutout innings. On the 18th he couldn’t get out of the 4th inning, allowing two earned in 3.2 innings. But his next outing was arguably his best of the season as he struck out 10 batters without a walk, giving up one run over 5.0 innings. He followed that up with a seven strikeout performance over 6.0 innings of 3-run baseball. The regular season closed out on a down note for Medrano, though, as he allowed 10 hits and three runs in 3.1 innings on September 2nd. He finished the final month with a 3.38 ERA in 24.0 innings with four walks and 23 strikeouts.
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Miguel Medrano Scouting Report
Position: Right-handed pitcher | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 165 lbs | Acquired: Trade 2018 (originally signed by Texas as an international free agent in 2016)
Born: January 4, 1998
Fastball | The pitch works 92-94 MPH and will touch a tick or two higher at times.
Change Up | A potential plus offering that is a swing-and-miss pitch today with room to get better.
Breaking Ball | Some call it a slider, some call it a curveball – I’m not entirely sure what he calls it, but it’s got 12-6 break to it. It’s a fringe-average offering, but will flash average at times.
There’s plenty to like with Miguel Medrano. His fastball has some velocity and there could be more in there in the future. It shows some decent armside run and he commands it well. He’s got a potentially plus change up – and it’s above-average today. He throws it for strikes, too. His third offering is solid as is, though has a chance to improve if it can become more consistent.
In a hitter friendly league, Medrano was very good – leading the league in ERA and showing off good stats to back up that ERA. He’s not the youngest pitcher, but he’s age appropriate for his next step to full-season ball in 2020. There’s some upside here, and if he fills out his frame a little bit and finds an extra tick or two on his velocity, a middle of the rotation starter isn’t out of the question. With his command, maybe his stuff plays up a little bit from there, too.
With all of that said, the fact that he’ll be 22-years-old to begin next season and hasn’t yet pitched above rookie ball means there’s still a lot to prove. There’s a big difference between hitters in the Pioneer League and hitters in full-season baseball. The stuff is there, and it seems that the polish is, too. But he’s going to have to get out on the mound and show that it translates.
Interesting Stat on Miguel Medrano
He faced the Idaho Falls Chukars five times on the season and picked up 56 swinging strikes. Over the 22.2 innings against Idaho Falls he posted a 1.99 ERA with five walks and 29 strikeouts.
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