Yoervis Medina

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Yoervis Jose Medina

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Yoervis Medina is a pitcher who made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2013.

He was signed by scout Pedro Avila. From 2006 to 2009, Medina played for the VSL Mariners in the Venezuelan Summer League. In 2006, he made 17 appearances, four of which were starts. That season, he went 3-4 with a save and a 3.60 ERA. In 2007, he went 4-2 with two saves and a 3.42 ERA in 16 games (six starts). He was used almost entirely as a reliever in 2008, going 4-3 with five saves and a 1.79 ERA in 17 games (one start). In 2009, he went 3-4 with a save and 2.65 ERA in 15 games (13 starts).

Medina moved to the United States for the 2010 season, playing for the Everett AquaSox, Clinton LumberKings and Tacoma Rainiers and going a combined 9-2 with a 3.17 ERA in 15 starts. In 82 1/3 innings, he struck out 92 batters while walking 31.

He reached the major leagues with the Mariners at the beginning of the 2013 season and had a solid rookie year, with a 2.91 ERA in 63 games, all in relief. He went 4-6, was credited for 1 save, allowed only 49 hits in 68 innings and struck out 71. he followed that with another good season in 2014, when he went 5-3, 2.68 and struck out 60 in 57 innings.

On May 19, 2015, the Mariners traded Medina to the Chicago Cubs in return for C Welington Castillo. He had done pretty well for the Mariners up to that point, with 1-0 record and an ERA of 3.00 in 12 games, but with the Cubs, he only made 5 appearances at the major league level, with no record and an ERA of 7.00. Sent down to the minors, he struggled with the AAA Iowa Cubs, putting up a 6.29 ERA in 28 games, with a record of 0-2 and 1 save. he was placed on waivers by the Cubs in December and was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Six weeks later, on February 3, 2016, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in return for former top prospect Jesse Biddle.

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