Blaze Player Quits, Will Play Soccer

Jose Medellin, who was a long time outfielder in the Jacksonville and Chicago organizations, has thrown in the towel and retired from professional baseball. The Texas native will play midfield for Los Angeles’ pro soccer team.

The announcement comes after a disappointing 2017 for Medellin, which saw him split time between North Tonawanda Blaze (Short Season A) and the Tucson Rattlers (Single A).

While putting up improving numbers at Short A level over the past two seasons, Jose has not been able to translate that into improvement above that level, going .176 over 9 games with Tucson this year.

Medellin’s Short A numbers were good enough to earn him the Platinum Stick Award for center field. His best strength with in holding off bad pitches, especially off-speed stuff, and he was known to have great wheels. But scouts consistently said he lacked good instincts, both at the plate in the field, which they predicted would hamper his progress.

Medellin starts soccer training camp next week.

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