Israel Medina

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Israel Medina
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Calgary Inferno— No. 79
Third baseman
Born: (1992-06-14) June 14, 1992 (age 29)
at Dominican Republic
Bats: R Throws: R
Bull League statistics
(through 2017)
AVG .281
HR 37
RBI 97
Teams


Israel Medina is a Dominican professional baseball third baseman who currently plays for the Calgary Inferno in the Bull League's American Eagle League (AEL). He made his major-level debut with the Inferno in 2015.

Still a young star in the making, Medina was named to the AEL All-Star team in 2017 and was named the game MVP. He also won the AEL championship series MVP award in the same season.

Team History

Calgary Inferno: 2008-Present

Minor leagues

Medina joined the Inferno (then the Calgary Chinooks) organization as an international amateur out of the Dominican Republic, signing to a minor league contract for a $1.76 million bonus. By next June he was recognized by the OSA as the #95 prospect in the Bull League.[1]

He got his start with A-level Lethrbidge Raiders at age 17, but only had 2 at bats in three games, striking out both times. However, he was back with the Raiders the following season and saw slightly more action, but hit an underwhelming .208 through 72 at bats, and some observers started to suggest he'd been started at A-level too early.[1]

Major level debut

By next season, however, he was hitting .280, with an OPS of .700, and had a trio of homers. He progressed through the Calgary minor league system until making a 2015 debut with the Inferno, though again it was an inauspicious season, gathering just a pair of hits in 16 at bats, for a dismal .125 record, as Calgary went on to win their first Bull Cup Championship Series. Medina steadily improved, and hit .258 with 7 homers the following year.

But 2017 was a break out season for him, as he had one of the top break-out performances of the year. During the season, he blasted 30 homers and 77 RBIs, while batting .292 with an OPS of .895.[2] He was named to the AEL All-Star team and was also the game's MVP[3], was a Player of the Week in early July, and was named the July Batter of the Month[4]. The Inferno went on to win their second Bull Cup, and he played such a key role in the AELCS that he was awarded the series MVP.[1][5]

Career Batting

As of the end of 2017[1]

3B Israel Medina #79 — batting highlights
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
153 520 75 146 31 2 37 97 15 134 2 .281



References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 3B Israel Medina #79. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/players/player_3040.html. Accessed: 11 September 2017.
  2. 2017 American Eagle League Overview. BNN (StatsLab). http://bullleague.org/public_html/statslab17/league_summary.php?sub_league_id=1&year=2017. Accessed: 11 September 2017.Lock-icon.png
  3. Young Star Helps Propel American Eagle League to Win in Midseason Classic. Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/highlights/young-star-helps-propel-american-eagle-league-to-win-in-midseason-classic/. 17 July 2017. Accessed: 11 September 2017.
  4. AEL July Awards Announced. Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/awards/ael-july-awards-announced/. 1 August 2017. Accessed: 11 September 2017.
  5. Player Report for #79 Israel Medina. BNN (StatsLab). http://bullleague.org/public_html/statslab17/player.php?player_id=3040. Accessed: 11 September 2017.Lock-icon.png