Medina drops no-hit bid in final frame for Crosscutters

Phillies' No. 16 prospect turns in his longest professional start in shutout

June 28th, 2016
Adonis Medina didn't allow a hit until the ninth inning for Class A Short Season Williamsport on Monday (Bryan Green).(Bryan Green)

It's been some start to the season for Adonis Medina.

With a pair of scoreless starts already under his belt for Class A Short Season Williamsport, Medina, flirted with a no-hitter on Monday night against Auburn before allowing a single to Daniel Johnson with one out in the ninth inning. The Phillies' No. 16 prospect subsequently was relieved on the mound by left-hander Jeff Singer, who recorded the final two outs to seal a 5-0 shutout for the Crosscutters.

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Medina, 19, recorded four strikeouts and generated another 13 outs on the ground, throwing 60 of his 99 pitches for strikes. He issued one walk and hit a pair of batters in the outing.

"He just mixed his pitches," Crosscutters pitching coach Hector Berrios told "He knew that this team came out swinging a lot at the fastball in the first two games, and he took advantage of that. He threw his share of fastballs too, but he once he set the tone with that, he used his off-speed pitches to great effect."

Medina opened the game by tossing three flawless innings before an infield error to begin the following frame ended his bid for a perfect game. The right-hander then retired 15 of the next 18 hitters he faced before surrendering the ninth-inning single.

Medina has yet to allow an earned run in three starts for Williamsport this season, and he's given up six hits in 21 innings in that span.

In his 2015 U.S. debut, Medina, whom the Phillies signed out of the Dominican Republic in May 2014, opened eyes by posting a 2.98 ERA over 45 1/3 innings (10 appearances/8 starts) for the club's affiliate in the Rookie Gulf Coast League.