College | Story | 2/22/2021

College Reports: February 22

Vincent Cervino         Kyler Peterson        
Photo: Victor Mederos (Miami Athletics/Cyndi Chambers)
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Players Covered: Victor Mederos (Miami), Hunter Barco (Florida), Christian Scott (Florida), Brandon Sproat (Florida), Jake Smith (Miami),  Gunnar Hoglund (Ole Miss), Russell Smith (TCU), Marcelo Perez (TCU), Brandon Smith (Mississippi State), Micah Dallas (Texas Tech), Brendan Girton (Texas Tech), Peyton Pallette (Arkansas), Caleb Bolden (Arkansas), Tanner Witt (Texas)

Victor Mederos, RHP, Miami

Ranked as the number #34 player in the 2020 prep class, Miami was thrilled to get the righthander Mederos to campus. He and his teammate Alejandro Rosario are the first two freshmen to crack the Canes’ weekend rotation to open up the year since 2011. After Mederos’ performance, it’s not hard to see why they showed no hesitation to ease him into the role.

Mederos is built big and strong as his 6’3”/215 listing may be a bit on the low side. The righty throws from a methodical delivery with nice tempo. He throws from a full arm circle before whipping his arm around with tremendous arm speed. Mederos noticeably displayed more effort in his delivery in the first inning, but later settled in, showing below average effort, and obtaining easy velocity. He gets excellent extension down the hill with a long stride.

Mederos’ fastball sat 93-95  mph and was up to 97 with hard, boring action at times through the first three innings, before settling in the low-90s. Although he did allow some hard contact due to allowing it to catch too much of the plate, it’s a really good fastball. However, the Miami native’s bread and butter was his changeup. The pitch showed devastating parachute fading action at 86-87 mph. Mederos replicated his arm speed on the pitch, making it difficult for Gators hitter to discern between it and the heater before it dropped off the table. He was comfortable throwing the pitch in any count. The righthander did leave his change up in the zone at times, but the pitch was deadly when he got it down. Mederos also showed two separate breaking balls in his slider and curve. He threw the curve pretty sparingly, but it flashed good depth and 12-6 shape at 79-81 mph. His slider also flashed some hard, nasty lateral bite at 82-84 mph as he used to it generate some swing and miss.

There is so much to like with Mederos and his four pitch repertoire. Ending the day with 4.2 one-run innings with five punchouts, he looked like a veteran with excellent mound presence and poise. Eligible for the Draft in 2022, I can easily envision Mederos going in the top half of the first round if he continues to flourish over the next year-plus at Miami.

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