We have had Clearwater Threshers season tickets since 2012. We have seen several future major league prospect pass through town over the years. It is always very special when one of them makes his major league debut.
We have become friends over the years with several the Latin players in the Phillies system. Adonis Medina came to our home to visit one of the players that was staying with us when both of them pitched for the Threshers. So it was extra special to watch Adonis on MLB.TV make his Phillies major league starting pitcher debut on Sunday.
Medina was outstanding after gaining confidence and getting stronger as the game went on. After settling in, after struggling in the first inning and part of the second inning, he went on to retired the last eight batters he faced. This included striking out the last two batters on called and swinging strike threes before leaving after the fourth inning trailing 2-1.
He had good velocity with his fastball topping out at 93 mph and 94 mph on the TV speed gun. Eventually, he gained command of his off-speed stuff as the game progressed. Watch videos, HERE.
He struck out four in his four innings of work. He gave up his only the two runs in first inning. He was touched up for three hits and walked three, all in the first two innings and was charged with a balk in the first inning as well.
Adonis Medina was charged with the loss in his major league debut. More importantly though, Adonis showed he has major league stuff especially in a pressure start as the Phillies continue to fight for a playoff spot.