Let’s take a look at another prospect that could also be making his debut in 2019. Kodi Medeiros was one half of the return from the Milwaukee Brewers for Joakim Soria. Medeiros was a first-round pick back in 2014, the 12th player selected in that year’s draft and the highest-selected Hawaiian high schooler ever. Kodi is a left handed starting pitcher. He was added to the 40 man roster by the White Sox leading into last month’s Rule 5 draft.This means he is in the White Sox future plans, Kodi has been used as a starter for most of his minor league career.
Before being dealt to the White Sox, Kodi was the 14th ranked prospect in the Brewers system, due to the depth of the Sox system he is ranked 19th. Medeiros has had some control problems that plagued him through his minor league career, posting BB/9 rates of 6.6, 3.9, 6.7, 3.7, and 4.4 from 2014 through last year. In 2016 Kodi’s armslot adjustment helped his control, but brought down his velocity. However, in the last 2 seasons his velocity has jumped and he has gotten more movement on his pitches. Kodi has 3 primary pitches. He throws a plus fastball, changeup, and slider. The slider is his best pitch and generates a lot of swing and misses.
Hahn and company are still holding out hope that Kodi finds himself as a back of the rotation starter. With no clear number 5 starter on the roster, he may get his opportunity this year. The White Sox have stated publicly they hope he can remain a starter, he has received every opportunity with the White Sox affiliate, the AA Birmingham Barons. Kodi made 27 appearances between the Sox and Brewers AA teams, 22 games as the starting pitcher, and 5 relief appearances came with the Brewers. He went 7- 7 with a 9.2 strikeouts per nine and a 4.4 walks per nine. Medeiros is a decent left handed strikeout pitcher, so if he struggles as a starter, he will be moved to a higher leverage bullpen spot.
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