Yankees: 4 Unexpected Prospects Who Will Contribute in 2020

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3. Luis Medina

Luis Medina was ticketed for Trenton, but he could be an option for the Yankees.

Luis Medina’s arm is his calling card.

In a just world, with a minor league slate and full complement of time at his disposal, the 21-year-old Medina would be spending 2020 building on his ’19 progress at the lower levels, harnessing the repeatable delivery that led to the best control stretch of his career (15 walks in 45.2 innings to end the campaign).

Instead, it’s quite possible his 96-99 mph fastball gets unleashed at the big league level, instead.

The best-case scenario for Medina’s 2020 season definitely had nothing to do with the bright lights of Yankee Stadium, but we’ve wandered far from that path by now.

Ranked 10th on the team’s prospect list by MLB Pipeline, Medina sits behind favorites like Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia, as well as the very polished Luis Gil. But armed with a fastball that ranks 75 on a best-of-80 scouting scale, the Yankees may take their chances and let Medina rip it in a pinch.