Medina set to make big league debut on Sunday

The Phillies are set to promote pitching prospect Adonis Medina to start Sunday's series finale with the Toronto Blue Jays. The start will mark Medina's major league debut. 

Medina posted a 4.94 ERA/4.53 FIP in 105 2/3 innings last season with Double-A Reading. He's ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the organization according to MLB Pipeline. 

“He's been up to 75-80 pitches, throwing the ball well, throwing his off-speed well, too,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It's a young man coming up to make his first start and I think anything is possible. I think he's talented. But again, we need to have a little wiggle room with this 40-man roster thing and we need to make sure we're doing the right thing.” 

Medina will become the seventh Phillies pitcher to make his big-league debut this season, joining Spencer Howard, JoJo Romero, Ramon Rosso, Connor Brogdon, Garrett Cleavinger and Mauricio Llovera. 

The 23-year-old right-hander has electric stuff, but he's struggled at times with consistency. He has a 3.60 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over six minor league seasons. He averages a little more than eight strikeouts per nine innings. 

The Phillies enter Sunday with a 1 1/2 game buffer to secure one of the two available wild card spots for the postseason. The Phillies currently hold the No. 7 seed and, as of now, will face the No. 2 seeded Cubs for a best-of-three series in Chicago.
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