Adonis Medina: Former Mets 2022 Relief Pitcher (2022)

 Adonis Medina del Rosario was born December 18th, in the Dominican Republic. The six foot one righthanded pitcher signed as an international free agent with the Phillies in 2014. 

He spent five years in the minors getting named to their 40-man roster in 2018, as MLB's 58th best prospect but did not play in any Phillies games. In 2019 he was an AA Eastern League All Star going 7-7 with a 4.94 ERA & 14 hits batsman (2nd in the league).

MLB Debut: He got into one game with the Phillies in the 2020 Covid19 season. In 2021 he appeared in four games at the big-league level. He was then designated for assignment & claimed off waivers by the Pirates.

Mets Career: On April 7th his contract was purchased by the New York Mets. He began at AAA Syracuse getting called up on April 23rd.

On April 23rd, Medina made his debut with the Mets finishing off a 5-2 loss in Arizona. After another 2.2 scoreless innings effort he was rocked for five run on May 21st in Colorado, serving up a two run HR to Trevor Williams as well in the Mets 11-3 loss in the second game of a double header.

Mets Six Run Comeback In Philly: On May 5th he came in relief in the 6th inning with the Mets down 7-1. He would pitch 2.2 innings of relief allowing no runs on one hit. In this game the Mets would comeback from six runs down to score seven runs in the 9th inning while sending eleven men to the plate collecting eight hits to win the game 8-7 with Medina getting credit for the victory.

On June 5th in a big series in Los Angeles, he was handed the ball in the 10th inning after the Mets had taken a 5-4 lead over the Dodgers on JD Davis's RBI double. As Mets broadcaster Ron Darling pointed out "the Mets have called on all 26 players all season long, why should it change today?"

Medina faced the Dodgers Mookie Betts getting him to fly out. He then faced Freddie Freeman & he grounded out. After Trea Turner reached base on catcher Tomas Nido's interference, then stole second Medina wasn't rattled. 

In an almost playoff like atmosphere, he struck out Will Smith to end the game in dramatic fashion, earning his first career save.

After pitching fairly well he had two terrible outings in August & September. On August 15th on Atlanta the Braves got him for six runs (five earned) in a horrible 13-1 loss. 

On September 3rd in less than an inning of work he gave up five runs to the Nationals, raising his ERA to 6.08. His up down trip to AAA continued as he finished the season there.

In 14 games with the Mets he was 1-0 with a save, striking out 17 batters walking 6 in 23.2 innings of work in 14 appearances.

Post Mets Career: In December he was granted free agency, signed with the Brewers but was released ten days later. 

KBC: He had signed on with the Korean Baseball League for the Kia Tigers a few days earlier.


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