Missouri State senior Kevin Medrano, an 18th round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week, has reached a contract agreement with the professional club. Medrano is expected to report to the Diamondbacks’ Northwest League (Short-Season Class A) affiliate, the Yakima (Wash.) Bears, which open their 2012 season Friday (June 15).
Medrano became the first Missouri Valley Conference player on record to earn first-team All-MVC honors in each of his four collegiate seasons, hitting a club-best .327 in 2012 to go along with team highs of 12 stolen bases and 81 hits and fielding .982 in 273 defensive chances at second base to earn MVC All-Defensive Team recognition as well. Medrano ranked second in the MVC in overall hits and fourth in doubles (19), matching the Missouri State single-game record for doubles (3) on two separate occasions this season.
The Lee’s Summit, Mo., product batted .346 over 217 career games with the Bears, the latter figure ranking seventh in Missouri State history. He also ranks second all-time at MSU in hits (310) and fielding assists (568) and holds the Bears’ career records for singles (241) and sacrifice hits (28). The author of 92 multi-hit games, Medrano was a two-time MSU Team MVP and a 2009 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American. He also hit .410 as a sophomore in 2010, recording a 29-game hit streak that ranks second in MSU history.