This afternoon, Waiakea left-handed pitcher Kodi Medeiros became just the 5th Hawai’i native in the last 15 years to be taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, after being selected 12th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Many pre-draft projections had Medeiros being selected by the Royals at either the 17th or 28th pick, but after electrifying the Brewers last Thursday with a fastball that reached 97 miles-per-hour, Milwaukee made Medeiros the highest Hawai’i prospect to ever be selected out of high school.
This season at Waiakea Medeiros went 7-1 with a 0.97 ERA, with 83 strikeouts in just 43 innings pitched. The 18-year-old sports a low three-quarters delivery, with a low to mid 90’s fastball, and what has been called one of the best sliders in the draft.
The MLB recommended slot value for the 12th overall pick is $2,805,700. Medeiros will have between now and July 18th to decide on either signing his contract, or attending Pepperdine University.