How did he get here?: Signed as free agent prior to 2005 season
Stats: 6'1" 156 lbs, Bats: Right Throws: Right
Hometown/Birthplace: Tucupita, Venezuela
Age as of April 1, 2011: 23
2010 Men of the Match: 6
Career (2005-07, 2009)
Medrano put together strong back-to-back years in 2006 and 2007 - his 2nd and 3rd years in the VSL before missing all of 2008. Coming to Tri-City, Medrano had an absolutely brutal 2009, posting a .546 OPS in 47 games for the ValleyCats. He was sent back to Greeneville for 2010, where he set career highs in homers, average, slugging, and OPS - and tied Emilio King for the team lead with 13 doubles.
In the field, Medrano played 21 games at 3B and 11 games at 1B - with 19 games as the DH. He committed five errors in 71 chances at 3B (.930 Fld%) and three errors in 55 chances at 1B (.945 Fld%).
Last year, we said that we needed a second season thanks to missing '08 before passing judgment. Looks like the Astros did, too.
What went right?
Away games. Medrano played in exactly 22 games at home and 22 games on the road. His home OPS was .783. He hit .325/.389/.550 for a .939 OPS in 80 road ABs.
RHP. He hit .314/.360/.562 in 105ABs against righties, and his 23.4% K/AB rate is about 12% lower than his K/AB rate against lefties.
RISP. Medrano was good with runners on (.911 OPS). But hitting w/RISP, he hit .356/.423/.600 (three doubles, a triple, and two homers) for a 1.023 OPS.
What went wrong?
August. Medrano may have tired out, or pitchers started to figure him out, but after posting respective OPS' of .977 and .954 in June and July, Medrano hit .225/.300/.408 in 71 August ABs, striking out 23 of his 49 times in the final month of the season.
Defense. The Appalachian League fielding average was .963, and while 3B is a difficult position (and his Fld% did increase), a .945 Fld% at 1B - even in just 11 games - is brutal.
Given his age, I think Medrano will need to go to Lexington to see if he can keep 2010 rolling along. Good season, though.