In years past Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching prospects have been moved along at a snail’s pace throughout the system. Often they spend much of their first full season in rookie ball before crawling their way up the ranks. This has not been the case however for last year’s first round draft choice, Kodi Medeiros. The 18-year-old prospect has begun his first full season in the Midwest League as a member of the Wisconsin Timberrattlers and though he is pitching at an age years below his competition, he has proven exactly why the Brewers’ were so high on him last June.
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Debuting on April 12th Medeiros was excellent. In six innings pitched, he held Peoria hitless while striking out seven batters and walking just one. He pounded the strike-zone with easy throwing 47 of 63 pitches for strikes. In his last outing, he was just as good. He stuck out five hitters 4.1 innings of work allowing just one earned run. Though the lead was squandered, he has pitched well enough to be 2-0 through his first two outings.
Currently MLB.com ranks Medeiros as the eighth best prospect in the Brewers’ system and the second best pitching prospect in the organization. With a difficult left handed arm angle and a plus-fastball, Medeiros has the type of talent to rise quickly through the system and rapidly move up the prospect rankings as well.
Coming off a rookie ball debut last season where command was a challenge, his improving ability to throw strikes has been great to see. In our interview with Medeiros before the season he spoke about his goals of pounding the strike-zone and remaining a starter and so far he is off to a great start. It will not be this easy all the way through for Medeiros, but playing with a group of young teammates Jake Gatewood and Monte Harrison, the future core is looking very strong in Milwaukee.