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.
Calgary Inferno: 2008-Present
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.
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.
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. He was named to the AEL All-Star team and was also the game's MVP, was a Player of the Week in early July, and was named the July Batter of the Month. 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.
As of the end of 2017