There's a new prospect in the loaded White Sox farm system. How does he fit in with all the names South Side baseball fans have grown to know and love?
Kodi Medeiros was one of two pitching prospects acquired in Thursday's trade that sent Joakim Soria to the Milwaukee Brewers, the higher-rated of the pair, which also included 20-year-old Wilber Perez.
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. Prior to Thursday's deal, he ranked as a top-15 prospect in the Brewers' system. The White Sox system is more highly ranked, more populated with highly touted prospects, leading MLB Pipeline to place Medeiros as the No. 19 prospect in the organization.
Medeiros has a 3.14 ERA this season at the Double-A level, and it's been the best season of his minor league career. Last season, he pitched for Class A Carolina and finished with a 4.98 ERA in 128.1 innings. In 2016, he posted a 5.93 ERA in 85 innings.
Medeiros has been very good of late. Since back-to-back five-run outings in late May, he's got a 2.04 ERA in his last nine outings, eight of which have been starts, though the lone relief appearance in there lasted five innings.
Add another name to the crowded list of candidates to fill the White Sox rotation of the future. Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez are pitching at the big league level. Michael Kopech and Jordan Stephens are pitching at Triple-A Charlotte. Medeiros figures to join Dylan Cease, Dane Dunning and Alec Hansen at Double-A Birmingham. Blake Battenfield and Jimmy Lambert are pitching at Class A Winston-Salem.
Medeiros is the fourth prospect added since the beginning of June to slide into the top 20 in the White Sox system, joining 2018 draftees Nick Madrigal (No. 4), Steele Walker (No. 12) and Konnor Pilkington (No. 18).