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Several Yankees -- Deivi Garcia, Jasson Dominguez and Clarke Schmidt -- made Keith Law of The Athletic's top 100 MLB prospects list for 2021. But there's another prospect whom Law wanted to point out despite not making the rankings.
Law released a few more players to watch this season on his "just-missed list," and RHP Luis Medina was among those who received honorable mention.
Medina is a hard-throwing right-hander who began his career with the Yanks back in 2016 in rookie ball. The 21-year-old most recently started two games with Double-A Trenton, pitching well over 10.2 innings in 2019.
But the major flaw in his game, one that kept him off the list, is that his control isn't all there. He can top out at 99 mph with his heater, but not throwing strikes consistently has hurt him.
"In 2018, he walked 46 batters and threw 12 wild pitches in 36 innings for short-season Pulaski," Law wrote. "In 2019, he improved but still walked 70 guys with 27 wild pitches in 103.2 innings, hitting nine batters for good measure, although he looked like he might have turned a corner late in the season, walking only six guys in his last four starts, covering 22.2 innings, with only two wild pitches."
Optimism is there for the 2021 season, though, because Medina was named Pitcher of the Year in the Puerto Rican Winter League and showed better control.
"Four starts here, four starts there, none of this is a big sample, but it’s better than he’s pitched anywhere else in pro ball, and if he can build on this and put together a full season, or even most of one, with this level of control, he’s a top 50 prospect at worst," Law said.
Medina is currently ranked the Yankees' No. 11 prospect per MLB pipeline.