Whenever you draft a high school pitcher in the first round, teams are taking a risk. Taking a first rounder out of Hawaii may be an even bigger risk. But Kodi Medeiros has certainly lived up to expectations of being a first rounder. After an excellent first full season as a professional, Medeiros has been recognized as one of the best player in the Midwest League by Baseball America, as they ranked his as the 16th best player in the league. Here is why Medeiros has the potential to be a star in the major leagues.
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This season though the 19-year-old Medeiros was pitching three full years below the league’s average age, he was dominant at times. Pitching in 93.1 innings, he averaged over a strikeout per inning and didn’t allow a home run the entire year. Though the 3/4 throwing lefty finished the year with a 4.44 ERA, he was almost unhittable at times.
His ERA on the year looks a little high due to two tough outings, but in all Medeiros held his own all season in the Midwest League. His best outing of the year arguably came on May 28th when he went seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five, leading the Timber Rattlers to victory.
Much of the attention in the minor leagues goes to the Biloxi Shuckers, but guys like Medeiros show that there is talent throughout the organization. Though the young Timber Rattlers struggled as a whole, they still have plenty of talent that will make a big difference in the future in Milwaukee.
Medeiros will not turn 20 until the end of May and after a successful run through the Midwest League, he looks like he may have the make-up to be on the fast track the middle of a Milwaukee rotation soon.