"Guys up here, the pitching, they definitely have some good stuff, that's for sure," Medica said. "The guys have been great. I knew a few of the guys, it's nice having some younger guys here, but it's been real exciting.
"I guess I'll have almost a month by the time the season's over, but it's a big learning process, just kind of seeing how the pitchers try and get you out, and just getting used to the whole environment up here is a little different."
Padres manager Bud Black likes what he's seen from Medica.
"Tommy's done a nice job really fitting in with the group," Black said. "There is a calmness to him, there's a confidence to him that we all like. On the field, coming in, I heard that this guy swings the bat, he can get the bat to the ball, he's got a nice stroke, he's got some strength to his swing, and really there hasn't been a whole lot of bad at-bats. He's swung at a few breaking balls in the dirt and chased a little bit, but overall his at-bats have been solid. I like the true ability to hit. He's done a nice job, and defensively, he's holding his own."
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.