Ht: 6'2" Wt: 180
Acquired: Received from Milwaukee Brewers in Joaquin Soria trade on July 26th, 2018
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #22 2018 Midseason
Kodi Medeiros was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft, selected by the Milwaukee Brewers. The 6'2", 180 pound southpaw attended Waiakea High School in Hawaii. Medeiros threw 93.1 innings in A-ball in 2015 in his first full season. He averaged 9 K/9 and 3.86 BB/9 with a FIP of 2.96. Kodi then spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons in High-A of the Milwaukee organization. The lefty struggled in 2016 in 85 innings. He posted a 4.79 FIP while walking over six batters per nine innings and only averaging 6.78 K/9. In 128.1 innings in 2017, Medeiros improved the strikeout rate and pitched to a FIP of 4.16. Prior to his trade to the White Sox, Kodi had thrown 103.1 innings in Double-A for the Brewers with a 3.14 ERA and 4.16 FIP. The White Sox sent Medeiros back to the Southern League to pitch for the Birmingham Barons, where in seven starts he struck out nearly a batter an inning but also walked 5.8/9.
Medeiros was the highest drafted prep player to ever come out of the state of Hawaii. He has a 55-grade fastball with life that sits in the 92-95 mph range. His slider has been graded as a 55-60 grade offering and MLBPipeline calls it "plus with big lateral break". Kodi flashed an above-average change-up as well that shows good sink and fade when at its best. He's a southpaw with a low three-quarters arm slot and big control issues. He's also shown below average control but has improved dramatically since last season. His unique arm slot and poor control make him a candidate to have a future role in a big league bullpen. The White Sox have stated publicly that they believe Medeiros has a chance to stay in the rotation and that's probably where he starts 2019 at least. The White Sox added him to the 40-man roster in November. He could be a left-handed relief weapon if he's not able to remain in the starting rotation long-term.
Major League Outlook: Possible back-end starter upside with high-leverage or LOOGY relief possible
ETA: Late 2019
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