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Portrait of Kris Medlen

Kris Medlen PBraves

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
163.7 3.06 1.10 145 9 8 0 2.8
Birth Date10-7-1985
Height5' 10"
Weight190 lbs
Age29 years, 0 months, 14 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.62010
0.02011
3.12012
2.12013
2.82014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2009 ATL 23 37 4 67.7 18.3 49.3 3 5 0 2 1 0 294 65 34 32 5 100 30 28 2 72 4.26 3.31 3.70 9.9 1.0
2010 ATL 24 31 14 107.7 84.0 23.7 6 2 0 0 7 1 438 108 48 44 13 169 21 20 3 83 3.68 3.80 4.59 6.0 0.6
2011 ATL 25 2 0 2.3 0.0 2.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.00 1.28 2.65 0.4 0.0
2012 ATL 26 50 12 138.0 83.7 54.3 10 1 1 1 10 0 520 103 26 24 6 142 23 23 0 120 1.57 2.46 3.30 26.4 3.1
2013 ATL 27 32 31 197.0 194.0 3.0 15 12 0 0 22 0 820 194 77 68 18 300 47 46 8 157 3.11 3.45 4.10 19.2 2.1
Career15261512.7380.0132.7342013401208047118516842712121117134342.953.233.9362.06.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 DNV Rk 20 0 22.2 1.22 176 .145 .256 .337 .353 .257 .393 87 12.5 1.3 12.5 1.3
2007 ROM A 17 0 20.7 2.53 147 .197 .258 .325 .382 .259 .279 97 7.8 0.8 7.8 0.8
2007 MYR A+ 18 0 24.0 3.21 129 .239 .261 .331 .383 .252 .323 97 6.3 0.6 6.3 0.6
2007 MIS AA 3 0 2.3 2.82 129 .331 .257 .322 .388 .264 .462 88 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2007 hon Wnt 11 0 14.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .370 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 hon Wnt 1 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 MIS AA 36 17 120.3 3.68 123 .234 .259 .338 .393 .251 .332 103 25.9 2.6 32.6 3.1
2008 MSS Wnt 12 1 21.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 ATL MLB 37 4 67.7 3.70 116 .253 .260 .325 .411 .260 .324 97 11.9 1.2 9.9 1.0
2009 GWN AAA 8 6 37.7 2.47 148 .170 .256 .326 .391 .243 .238 105 12.5 1.2 12.9 1.3
2010 ATL MLB 31 14 107.7 4.59 88 .254 .250 .312 .390 .257 .299 93 3.3 0.3 6.0 0.6
2011 ATL MLB 2 0 2.3 2.65 134 .090 .249 .311 .395 .264 .167 97 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2012 ATL MLB 50 12 138.0 3.30 122 .183 .253 .314 .395 .258 .261 98 23.9 2.5 26.4 3.1
2012 GWN AAA 3 3 13.3 5.72 73 .275 .263 .326 .389 .256 .342 97 -0.5 -0.0 -0.8 -0.1
2013 ATL MLB 32 31 197.0 4.10 98 .256 .247 .307 .378 .251 .299 99 15.5 1.7 19.2 2.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2006 DNV Rk 1 0 10 20 0 22.2 14 2 36 0 57% .393 5.7 0.8 0.0 14.6 0.72 0.41 12.5 1.3
2007 ROM A 0 1 8 17 0 20.7 13 3 33 1 55% .279 5.7 1.3 0.4 14.3 0.77 0.87 7.8 0.8
2007 MYR A+ 2 0 2 18 0 24.0 22 7 28 1 53% .323 8.2 2.6 0.4 10.5 1.21 1.12 6.3 0.6
2007 hon Wnt 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 2 0 3 0 0% 1.000 18.0 0.0 0.0 27.0 2.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2007 MIS AA 0 0 1 3 0 2.3 4 2 2 0 54% .462 15.7 7.8 0.0 7.8 2.61 11.74 1.0 0.1
2008 MSS Wnt 1 1 0 12 1 21.0 15 1 25 0 0% .300 6.4 0.4 0.0 10.7 0.76 2.14 0.0 0.0
2008 MIS AA 7 8 1 36 17 120.3 121 27 120 8 45% .332 9.1 2.0 0.6 9.0 1.23 3.52 32.6 3.1
2009 GWN AAA 5 0 0 8 6 37.7 20 10 44 0 45% .238 4.8 2.4 0.0 10.5 0.80 1.19 12.9 1.3
2009 ATL MLB 3 5 0 37 4 67.7 65 30 72 5 42% .324 8.6 4.0 0.7 9.6 1.40 4.26 9.9 1.0
2010 ATL MLB 6 2 0 31 14 107.7 108 21 83 13 44% .299 9.0 1.8 1.1 6.9 1.20 3.68 6.0 0.6
2011 ATL MLB 0 0 0 2 0 2.3 1 0 2 0 33% .167 3.9 0.0 0.0 7.7 0.43 0.00 0.4 0.0
2012 ATL MLB 10 1 1 50 12 138.0 103 23 120 6 54% .261 6.7 1.5 0.4 7.8 0.91 1.57 26.4 3.1
2012 GWN AAA 0 2 0 3 3 13.3 15 6 12 2 35% .342 10.1 4.0 1.4 8.1 1.57 4.72 -0.8 -0.1
2013 ATL MLB 15 12 0 32 31 197.0 194 47 157 18 47% .299 8.9 2.1 0.8 7.2 1.22 3.11 19.2 2.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 1089 0.4931 0.4200 0.7659 0.5996 0.2446 0.8416 0.5852 0.2319
2010 1571 0.5436 0.4704 0.7984 0.6159 0.2971 0.8745 0.6103 0.1949
2011 23 0.5217 0.4783 0.9091 0.5833 0.3636 0.8571 1.0000 0.0909
2012 1884 0.5207 0.4774 0.7875 0.5994 0.3444 0.8707 0.6302 0.2125
2013 3044 0.5085 0.4877 0.7709 0.6589 0.3102 0.8422 0.6142 0.2291
Career76110.51660.47190.78040.62660.30670.85590.61440.2179

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-23 2014-09-29 60-DL 190 162 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Revision Tommy John Surgery 2014-03-18 -
2014-03-10 2014-03-23 Camp 13 0 Right Elbow Surgery Revision Tommy John Surgery 2014-03-18 -
2013-05-30 2013-06-03 DTD 4 4 Left Lower Leg Contusion Calf - -
2011-03-27 2011-09-24 60-DL 181 157 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-08-18
2010-08-05 2010-10-12 60-DL 68 55 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-08-18
2010-06-08 2010-06-08 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 ATL $
2014 ATL $5,800,000
2013 ATL $2,600,000
2012 ATL $490,000
2011 ATL $429,500
2010 ATL $407,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,927,000
2011Current$5,800,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$9,727,000
5 yrTotal$9,727,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 137 dDiamond Sports1 year/$5.8M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$5.8M (2014). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.6M (2013). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2012). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4295M (2011). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/21/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4075M (2010). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/3/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Atlanta 5/21/09.
  • Drafted 2006 (10-310) (Santa Ana JC. Calif.). $85,000 signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 12.1 8.7 0 31 31 205.1 163 37 173 18 .276 0.98 2.52 2.74 47.3 4.8
80o 11.8 9.2 0 31 31 198.4 167 38 167 18 .287 1.03 2.83 3.08 38.7 3.9
70o 11.6 9.6 0 31 31 193.7 169 39 163 18 .296 1.07 3.05 3.32 32.7 3.3
60o 11.4 9.9 0 31 31 189.7 171 39 160 19 .303 1.11 3.25 3.53 27.6 2.8
50o 11.2 10.2 0 31 31 186.0 173 39 157 19 .309 1.14 3.43 3.72 23.1 2.4
40o 11 10.5 0 31 31 182.3 175 40 154 19 .316 1.18 3.61 3.92 18.4 1.9
30o 10.8 10.9 0 31 31 178.5 177 40 151 19 .323 1.21 3.80 4.14 13.4 1.4
20o 10.5 11.3 0 31 31 174.0 179 41 147 19 .331 1.26 4.04 4.39 7.8 0.8
10o 10.2 11.9 0 31 31 167.8 181 41 142 20 .342 1.32 4.36 4.74 0.3 0.0
Weighted Mean11.210.203131186.11723915719.3081.143.413.7123.32.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
26% 53% 21% 12% 92%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201529111003030189180351662346.3131.143.503.818.61.77.91.12.1
20163010902828168159301421846.3121.133.433.738.51.67.61.02.1
20173110902828172164321501946.3161.143.583.898.61.77.91.01.8
20183210902727160161321351946.3261.213.924.269.11.87.61.10.9
2019338802323136141271131746.3291.244.174.539.31.87.51.10.4
2020348802323134132251121646.3201.173.784.118.91.77.51.11.1
2021356601717989921841346.3241.224.054.409.11.97.71.20.4
2022365501313778017621046.3241.264.294.669.42.07.21.20.1
202337440121272741458946.3201.224.124.479.21.87.21.10.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
67.665.733.928.647.739.1243.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Adam Wainwright 2010 2.66
2 89 Gary Peters 1965 3.88
3 88 Sean Marshall 2011 2.50
4 87 Jose Rijo 1993 2.66
5 87 Anibal Sanchez 2012 4.37
6 87 John Danks 2013 5.27
7 87 Matt Morris 2003 3.97
8 87 Frank Sullivan 1958 4.06
9 86 Roy Halladay 2005 2.48
10 86 Kevin Appier 1996 3.71
11 86 Warren Hacker 1953 5.18
12 85 Joe Blanton 2009 4.10
13 85 Matt Garza 2012 4.17
14 85 Roger Clemens 1991 3.08
15 84 Dustin McGowan 2010 0.00 DNP
16 84 Noah Lowry 2009 0.00 DNP
17 84 Steve Rogers 1978 2.63
18 84 Chad Billingsley 2013 3.00
19 84 Brandon McCarthy 2012 3.57
20 84 Mike Garcia 1952 2.80
21 84 Bert Blyleven 1979 3.87
22 84 Justin Verlander 2011 2.62
23 83 Jon Garland 2008 5.31
24 83 Vida Blue 1978 3.03
25 83 Dean Chance 1969 3.97
26 83 Tim Hudson 2004 3.91
27 83 Dontrelle Willis 2010 5.62
28 83 Burt Hooton 1978 2.82
29 83 Greg Harris 1992 4.73
30 83 Mike Mussina 1997 3.49
31 83 CC Sabathia 2009 3.76
32 83 John Lackey 2007 3.50
33 83 Jon Lester 2012 5.08
34 82 Tom Sturdivant 1958 4.71
35 82 Curt Schilling 1995 4.03
36 82 Jon Matlack 1978 3.10
37 82 Scott Feldman 2011 3.94
38 82 Mark Buehrle 2007 3.85
39 82 Ian Kennedy 2013 5.36
40 82 Daisuke Matsuzaka 2009 5.76
41 82 Mike Pelfrey 2012 2.29
42 82 Tim Lincecum 2012 5.37
43 82 Josh Johnson 2012 3.95
44 82 Matt Cain 2013 4.15
45 82 Scott Baker 2010 4.60
46 82 Jim O'Toole 1965 6.98
47 82 Jered Weaver 2011 2.48
48 82 Dallas Braden 2012 0.00 DNP
49 82 Kyle McClellan 2012 5.30
50 82 Brandon Morrow 2013 6.46
51 81 Pat Jarvis 1969 4.68
52 81 Greg Maddux 1994 1.96
53 81 Gavin Floyd 2011 4.51
54 81 Zack Greinke 2012 3.56
55 81 Erik Bedard 2007 3.26
56 81 Zach Miner 2010 0.00 DNP
57 81 Cole Hamels 2012 3.34
58 81 Ricky Romero 2013 11.05
59 81 Bret Saberhagen 1992 3.59
60 81 James Shields 2010 5.62
61 81 Clay Buchholz 2013 1.91
62 80 Ron Guidry 1979 3.16
63 80 Dave Righetti 1987 4.36
64 80 Mark Gubicza 1991 6.09
65 80 Tom Gorzelanny 2011 4.29
66 80 Orel Hershiser 1987 3.54
67 79 Camilo Pascual 1962 3.49 DNP
68 79 Carlos Villanueva 2012 4.24
69 79 Robin Roberts 1955 3.98
70 79 Johnny Antonelli 1958 3.76
71 79 Whitey Ford 1957 3.13
72 79 Jimmy Key 1989 4.12
73 79 Rich Harden 2010 5.97
74 79 Paul Maholm 2010 5.78
75 79 Daniel Cabrera 2009 8.29
76 79 Gary Nolan 1976 3.61
77 79 Josh Beckett 2008 4.13
78 79 Mike Boddicker 1986 5.15
79 78 Jim Palmer 1974 3.93
80 78 Andy Messersmith 1974 2.86
81 78 Edwin Jackson 2012 4.27
82 78 Juan Marichal 1966 2.58
83 78 Tim Belcher 1990 4.47
84 78 Pedro Martinez 2000 1.82
85 78 Joe Horlen 1966 2.73
86 78 Jesse Litsch 2013 0.00 DNP
87 78 Scott Garrelts 1990 4.50
88 78 John Smoltz 1995 3.55
89 78 Rich Gossage 1980 2.64
90 77 Robinson Tejeda 2010 4.13
91 77 Byung-Hyun Kim 2007 6.85
92 77 Jerry Koosman 1971 3.59
93 77 Juan Guzman 1995 6.58
94 77 Kelly Downs 1989 5.12
95 77 Brian Bannister 2009 5.49
96 77 Kevin Tapani 1992 4.21
97 77 Jeff Niemann 2011 4.32
98 77 Jim Maloney 1968 4.35
99 77 Sergio Mitre 2009 7.66
100 77 Norm Charlton 1991 3.07

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .245 .302 .378 .242
11 vs R (Multi) .248 .283 .368 .230
18 Split (Multi) -.003 .020 .010 .013
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .256 .319 .410 .261
31 vs R (2013) .259 .294 .386 .243
38 Split (2013) -.003 .025 .025 .018
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Atlanta’s handling of Medlen was genius. By keeping the small right-hander in the bullpen for most of the season, the Braves were able to limit his outings without shutting him down. Medlen pitched well no matter the role. Watch him slice and dice hitters using a three-pitch mix through location and deception, and you’ll begin to understand the Greg Maddux comparisons. Medlen should start the season in the rotation, giving him the opportunity to rest any concerns about his small frame enduring a starter’s workload.
2012 Unearthed as a collegiate shortstop, Medlen makes the most of being 5-foot-10 by throwing in the low-to-mid-90s and tossing a great changeup. Medlen’s first two big-league seasons consisted of splitting time between the bullpen and rotation, but his UCL popped in 2010, costing him most of 2011. A return to the bullpen makes sense given the Braves’ rotation depth, and Medlen’s reverse splits could provide a neat wrinkle for the team to exploit.
2011 An undersized righty who gets the most out of his ability, Kris Medlen was valued for his versatility, performing well in both starting and relief roles before his elbow went pop in August. He'll miss the majority of the 2011 season, but the Braves think he can return to form quickly, using his solid fastball and outstanding changeup to get outs in a variety of roles once again.
2010 When the Braves needed a starter in late May, it was quite a surprise to see them reach down to Triple-A Gwinnett for Medlen instead of Tommy Hanson, but this should not be taken as a slight to Medlen—he may not be a future star, but he is certainly a keeper in his own right. Miscast as a starter, Medlen was much more effective out of the bullpen, where his fastball climbed into the 91-93 mph range, and he could dispense with is pedestrian breaking ball in favor of his plus changeup. Medlen will never be a closer, but he could be effective as a late-inning reliever for the next decade.
2009 A college shortstop who hit .308/.333/.577 in Double-A last year (26 at-bats), Medlen spent his first two pro seasons pitching exclusively in relief, but was moved into the Double-A rotation last June and rose to the challenge thanks in large part to his great changeup. His small frame leaves doubts about his ability to hold up over a full season as a starter, but despite pitching in relief in the Arizona Fall League, he will start the 2009 season in the Triple-A rotation.
2008 Primarily a shortstop in college, Medlen was drafted by the Braves to pitch, and it looks like it was the right decision. It's hard for scouts to get worked up about a 5-foot-10 righthander, but they did just that as Medlen dominated out of the bullpen with a fastball that touches 94 mph and an outstanding curveball. He doesn't have the body or the depth of arsenal to start, nor the pure stuff to close, but he's going to be a big-league reliever in short order.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you value Kris Medlen for dynasty purposes and do you expect him to be ready and productive to start the 2015 season?
(John from Dallas, TX)
I'm not particularly optimistic on TJx2 guys. I'm not counting on him as anything more than a flier. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)I have Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler in option years in NL only league. Cole at $15 and Wheeler at $10. Do I add 1 year for $5, 2 years at $10, or keep this year only at this price? I'm thinking adding 2 years to Cole at $25 and 1 extra year on Wheeler at $15. thoughts?
(krrtaa from South Jersey)
I'm more conservative with contracts than some are. I would option both. Kris Medlen is example #4,279 of why giving pitchers contracts often blows up in our faces. My rule of thumb for pitcher contracts is anything over $15 in a $260 budget league is assuming too much risk. And while Wheeler would fit that at $15, I don't see him at the level (yet) where he's earned that kind of extension. Cole's a special pitcher, so I get the temptation to go $20. But I would resist that temptation. (Mike Gianella)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, love the position rankings and appreciate them coming out early this year. Since some have been out a while are there any rankings that you would really like to change based on something you've seen in the Spring (like an injury perhaps)? Thanks.
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
Hi Dan.

I reflect the changes in my bid limits that I update every week (including today! http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23036). Today, I moved Joakim Soria up and Neftali Feliz down and moved Alexander Guerrero down and Dee Gordon up. Kris Medlen is out while Ervin Santana is in in the National League. Check out the rankings for all the latest movers and shakers. (Mike Gianella)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, I would value an opinion on the effectiveness of Kris Medlen in the future , as I own him in a 20 team dynasty league where we keep 24 players.If as seems likely he needs a second Tommy John surgery, what is the likelihood of Medlen returning as a top 25 pitcher in the next couple of years, or would I be better off cutting him and keeping Erasmo Ramirez ? Thanks for the chat.
(boatman44 from Liverpool)
I wish I had any kind of real idea. Medlen had a higher ceiling before the surgery, but I would be purely guessing at this point and not giving you an honest answer. I'd roll with Erasmo and take the certainty over the complete unknown, particularly in your deep format. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the best chance to increase their K% and their Swinging Strike % in the upcoming year?Can you rank them? Dan Straily, Jarrod Parker, Ivan Nova, Kris Medlen, Garrett Richards, Dillon Gee, and finally Rick Porcello.
(allangustafson from Fun Diego )
I'll rank based on who I like the most, as I'm not sure on the potential % increases in either category: Parker, Nova, Medlen, Gee, Porcello, Richards. I think Parker is the clear #1 in this grouping, and I'm a big fan of Nova in 2014. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, please list a few pitchers that could have that Kris Medlen like run in the 2nd half. And maybe some bullpen arms that if they move into a starting role, could have real value in mixed leagues. Oh and hello Curtis!
(andtinez from Houston)
Franklin Morales (Rubby or Webster, too, but neither is currently in their pen) and Tony Cingrani (obv, but he fits the model now) are currently in pens. Guys who could just make a big run who aren't currently in a rotation: Erasmo Ramirez, Trevor Rosenthal (prob more 2014 if he's gonna be an SP again), Alex Colome, and Tim Stauffer. http://pauls.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/hiandrew.jpg (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kris Medlen's ERA this year will be...
(Seth from CA)
I'll say 3.40 - 3.60. He's a great pitcher, but Medlen will have a tough time replicating the incredible command that was on display last season. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)in a 20teams 5SP slots league where QS is a factor, am I shaky going into season w/ Homer Bailey, Matt Harvey, Kris Medlen, Andy Pettitte and Rick Porcello as rotation?
(Jim from Seattle)
Yes. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Keeper Question: Kris Medlen or Aroldis Chapman?
(forlostcauses from Portland)
Medlen -- not a fan of taking Chapman out of the pen (Jason Collette)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)I'm curious to hear your thoughts on Kris Medlen. Would be hard to maintain his splits, but how high do you rank him among SP's. Thanks for this great chat. Shameless plug for more fantasy baseball chats!
(Corey from Portland)
He's currently ranked 22nd on our list for SP, and that's fine. He's ahead of Kennedy, Beckett, and Champman. He's also ahead of Gallardo in the PFM, but I'd rather have Gallardo. (Jason Collette)
2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Doug, thanks for the chat. You mentioned Jordan Zimmermann and Jarrod Parker as the breakout candidates. What do you think of Matt Harvey and Kris Medlen? Their 2012 season primed in the second half, do you see sustainable success? Please also include Homer Bailey in the conversation if you can.
(Mounting Point from Fantasyland)
Huge fan of Harvey. His mechanics are very advanced, with solid grades across the board, and his stuff is beyond legit. I probably should have mentioned him among the breakout guys.

Medlen has a strong delivery that he repeats exceedingly well, though I can't call him a breakout candidate, for the simple reason that I can't imagine him doing better in 2013 than what he showed us while he was on the mound in 2012. He does have some minor inefficiencies with torque and posture that could be improved, but he just has to regress, right? (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of this trade? 12 team NL Only keeper league 4X4 Kris Medlen $1 2014 for Edwin Jackson $3 2014 Freddie Freeman $10 option year Lucas Duda $1 option year
(grandslam28 from Chicago)
I like the general idea of trying to sell high on Medlen, but Freeman — whom I like as a breakout candidate — is the only player in that return package that really piques my interest. If you're going to move on from Medlen, I'd try to find a better secondary piece. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)are the braves a threat to the nationals or do you think washngiton will cruise to the east?
(Kev from charlotte)
The Braves are absolutely a threat, Kev, especially if Kris Medlen and Mike Minor can sustain their second-half performance. I think the Nationals are a few wins better at this point, with a rough projection of 96-66 for WSH and 93-69 for ATL, but one injury could tilt the balance the other way. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Everyone knows about Buehrle and Dickey being paragons at shutting down the running game from the mound. Who are the up and coming youngsters with the potential to subtly add to their VORP and WAR with this talent?
(Paul from DC)
Good question, Paul. If we're talking about big-league pitchers then Kris Medlen springs to mind. He's a tremendous athlete and he's allowed something like one steal per 30 innings pitched during his time in the majors. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which minor league prospect do you feel has similar stuff, K%, BB%, GB% to Kris Medlen of the Braves? Clayton Blackburn? Thanks for the chat!
(John from Kansas City)
Hey, John. Professor Parks and the minor-league gang probably have a better read on this stuff, but if you're looking for raw peripherals, Blackburn does seem to fit the bill. Two others to keep an eye on: Rangers RHP Cody Buckel, who found a groove late after struggling initially in Double-A, and Padres LHP Robert Erlin. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-11-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper league would you rather keep Brett Lawrie or Kris Medlen? Thanks for the input!
(Justin from MO)
Thanks for participating, Justin. What stats are critical in your keeper league? (Dan Evans)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Overrated next year, how about Kris Medlen going into next year? There is no way he continues those numbers.
(Rockford from Flowmont)
If your opponents are buying him at those numbers, absolutely overrated. That said, I've long liked Medlen and think he'll be a very good pitcher next year. Just not among the league leaders. (Derek Carty)
2012-10-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)So this was a pretty serious year for the pitcher, no? What was your favorite dominant pitching performance from the year? And do you think next season will be similar? (not in # of no-hitters, mind you, but in the relative success of defense over offense)
(john from chicago)
We certainly saw a lot of remarkable pitching feats this year. I'm biased, as a Giants fan, but my two favorites were probably Matt Cain's perfect game on June 13 (which, by the way, I didn't see live because I was on a flight to Europe) and the duel between Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw on Aug. 20. Kris Medlen's outing against the Nationals a few weeks ago was also very fun to watch.

I don't think there are any obvious reasons to expect significant changes between 2012 and 2013, so I expect that we'll see a lot of the same things, especially as more and more teams adopt the aggressive defensive shifts pioneered by the Rays and Brewers. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you going to be considering Kris Medlen along with the Kershaws and Strasburgs next year among NL SP, or let someone else pay the premium at auction time?
(mcquown from Chicago)
I am not going to consider Medlen with that duo. They are in a class of their own, and that's not a slight against Medlen. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kris Medlen's second half has been absolutely ridiculous. In 18 games (11 starts), he's 8-0 with two holds, 1.01 ERA, and opposing hitters have a .492 OPS (.192 BA) against him. Could he get some NL Cy Young votes? Should he? And how in the hell has he turned into (arguably) the most dominant starting pitcher in baseball over the past ~2.5 months?
(rileybreck from Orange County)
I don't think it's even arguable -- he HAS been the most dominant pitcher in the game. Those numbers are absolutely preposterous. He might garner a few votes, sure. With Kershaw hurt and ineffective, there might be some votes up for grabs. I wouldn't bet my house on it, though. (Ian Miller)
2012-08-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)I keep waiting for the sky to fall on Kris Medlen, but he's looking awesome. Assuming he keeps this up, I'm in a 12 team keeper league (15 protected) with shallow pitching (W, ERA, WHIP, K's categories), what do you do?
(Short Shorts from Venice Beach)
I've always really liked Medlen, and I'm glad he's finally getting another chance to start. That said, he's not *this* good, and in a league of your depth, he's probably not at the top of my list to protect. Of course it depends on your other options, but I think he's a mere middle-of-the-road option in a league of that depth. (Derek Carty)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Kris Medlen? Is he in Atlanta's rotation next year; if so, does he stay healthy; if so, is he this good?
(dw from New York)
No idea if he'll stay healthy, and no one is this good, but I think he's earned a shot at the 2013 rotation -- at least until Beachy is fully recovered from TJS. Jurrjens and one of Delgado, Minor, and Teheran will likely be moved this winter, so there could be room in the rotation for Medlen, if he's pitching well, even after Beachy returns. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Braves starting rotation on opening day looks like....
(Trey from Texas)
Good question. Tim Hudson just said he's going to miss the first month, so my best guess is that Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson, Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor are all in there, with Randall Delgado, Julio Teheran, and perhaps Kris Medlen competing for the five spot. Wouldn't surprise me at all if the kids were to start the season in the minors because of the way that April off days limit fifth starters anyway. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat as I'm ready to get amped up for the 2012 season. Rotation Q's for a deeper league: Do Tyson Ross and Kris Medlen have chances of carving out rolls with those rotations currently influx?
(Bringon2012 from Kansas)
Absolutely not to Medlen. He’s good, but he’ll need to prove he’s recovered from TJ, and the Braves just have soooooo many options merely vying for the fifth spot (Minor, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino, etc.), most of which are now younger and more talented than Medlen. Medlen's probably 10th on their SP depth chart. Not a bad problem to have for a team, but for a Medlen owner it is. Ross has a slightly higher a chance, but the A’s also brought in quite the haul of starter candidates this winter between Jarrod Parker, Brad Peacock, and Tom Milone, plus mainstays (while healthy) of Brett Anderson, Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy, and (to a lesser extent) Guillermo Moscoso. Then you have the usual Ross-esque fill-ins like Graham Godfrey and Josh Outman, so it’ll be tough. (Derek Carty)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wanted to get your thoughts on a couple of more pitchers if you have time. How do you like Kris Medlen and Ian Kennedy going forward? Do you think they will develop into starting pitchers who can keep their runs allowed per 9 IP to around 4? Thanks again!
(DS from LA)
I would like Kennedy more if the homers weren't a problem--that's going to make it tough to keep his ERA where you want it long-term. Medlen's numbers wouldn't be as impressive if his walk rate wasn't Cliff Leesian in its appearance, so I'm not sure either of these guys are going to do it for you. (Marc Normandin)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of prospects does Kris Medlen have to be a frontline MLB starter? All we have ever heard about down here is that Hanson's coming. Is Medlen the real deal too?
(DaleMurphy'sGhost from Flowery Branch GA)
I saw him in the AFL and liked him a lot, more of a #3/#4, command and deception guy, than Hanson is. He might be as good now as he's going to be, and he'll serve as an upgrade over the disasters in the #5 slot to date. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)How good of a prospect is Kris Medlen?
(Rob from Dallas)
See today's minor league update. (Kevin Goldstein)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Kris Medlen threw 7,766 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Sinker (90mph) and Change (83mph), also mixing in a Curve (78mph) and Fourseam Fastball (91mph). He also rarely threw a Cutter (87mph) and Slider (84mph).