By Jerry Del Priore
Staten Island native and former St. John’s University pitcher Eddie Medina is returning to the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association of Baseball for the 2019 campaign.
The 28-year-old Saints ace enjoyed an impressive year, in which he went 9-5 with a 2.80 ERA and a complete game shutout in 20 contests (19 starts) in 2018.
Moreover, Medina pitched well when the chips were down, toeing the rubbing in Game 2 of both the North Division Series and American Association Championship Series. He tossed 15 innings of two-run ball between the two starts, allowing just eights knocks while striking out 15 batters.
In the American Association title series against the Kansas City T-Bones, Medina went 8.0 scoreless frames, permitting only three hits and striking out eight hitters.
Medina pitched for the championship runner-up, now-defunct Wichita Wingnuts in 2017 and had a solid season, going 9-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 17 tilts (14 starts). In 90.1 innings pitched he walked just 25 and fanned 68 while opponents only batted .234 against him.
The six-foot-two-inch right-handed pitcher finished fifth in the American Association in win percentage (.750), eighth in ERA and 10th in opponents batting average against him. Seven of his 14 starts were considered quality starts and he went at least 6.0 innings in nine of them. In the playoffs Medina recorded a 1-0 record with a 3.00 ERA in two starts.
Medina posted a 14-7 mark with a 4.72 ERA in 175.1 innings of work in 73 games in a four-year college career at St. John’s University.
Before that, the former Moore Catholic High School star hurler earned all-city player of the year honors as a senior, made the Staten Island Advance (news paper) All-Star team three times, earned rookie of the year honors as a freshman, and helped the Mavericks win city championship as a freshman.