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Kris Medlen

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals

2015 Stats

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0-0

ERA

5.68

WHIP

1.58

K

7

SV

0

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Medlen was a trendy post-hype sleeper entering 2014 spring training, having failed to meet the impossibly high expectations set the year before, but he suffered a torn UCL in a March 9 Grapefruit Leag...

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2015 ADP:  519.89

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 190   DOB: 10/7/1985   BORN: Artesia, CA   COLLEGE: Santa Ana (CA) JC   DRAFTED: 10th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Kris Medlen Contract Information:

Signed a two-year contract with the Royals in December of 2014. Deal includes a mutual option for 2017.

July 21, 2015  –  Kris Medlen News

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Medlen had a rough start to his 2015 season, allowing four earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts over 3.1 frames after entering the game in relief of Yordano Ventura.

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Kris Medlen Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2007 21 A MYR 18 0 0 24.0 22 3 1 28 7 2 0 2 1.13 1.21
2007 21 A ROM 17 0 0 20.7 13 2 1 33 3 0 1 8 0.87 0.77
2007 21 AA MIS 3 0 0 2.3 4 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 11.57 2.57
2008 22 AA MIS 38 17 0 120.3 121 47 8 120 27 7 8 1 3.52 1.23
2009 23 AAA GWI 9 6 0 37.7 20 5 0 44 10 5 0 0 1.19 0.80
2009 23 MAJ ATL 39 4 0 67.7 65 32 5 72 30 3 5 0 4.26 1.40
2010 24 MAJ ATL 31 14 0 107.7 108 44 13 83 21 6 2 0 0 1 3.68 1.20
2011 25 MAJ ATL 2 0 0 2.3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.43
2012 26 AAA GWI 3 3 0 13.1 15 7 2 12 6 0 2 0 0 0 4.73 1.60
2012 26 MAJ ATL 50 12 1 138.0 103 24 6 120 23 10 1 1 1 7 1.57 0.91
2013 27 MAJ ATL 32 31 0 197.0 194 68 18 157 47 15 12 0 0 0 3.11 1.22
2015 29 AA NOR 3 3 0 15.0 13 5 2 11 4 0 1 0 0 0 3.00 1.13
2015 29 AAA OMA 3 3 0 15.1 16 7 6 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.11 1.13
2015 29 MAJ KC 3 0 0 6.3 6 4 1 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 5.68 1.58
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3-Year Averages     41 21 0 167.5 148 46 12 138 35 12 6 0 0 3 2.47 1.09
Career  (View All)     157 61 1 519.0 477 172 43 441 125 34 20 1 2.98 1.16

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Kris Medlen Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Jul. 30 @Tor 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.68 1.58
Jul. 23 @StL 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 6.75 1.31
Jul. 20 Pit 3.3 4 4 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 10.80 1.20
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 2.1 IP/G
6.3 6 4 4 1 4 7 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 5.68 1.58
Last 30 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 2.1 IP/G
6.3 6 4 4 1 4 7 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 5.68 1.58
Last 60 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 2.1 IP/G
6.3 6 4 4 1 4 7 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 5.68 1.58

Kris Medlen Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201511213101.300
2013432773310024310.256

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201511312000.200
20133888014942018.259

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20153.300040110.801.20
2013103.3960822142.261.18

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20152.00001200.001.50
201393.76607526144.041.27
Kris Medlen Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2007 21 A MYR 18 0 24.0 10.50 2.63 4.00 0.38 92.9% 1.13 2.28 .346
2007 21 A ROM 17 0 20.7 14.37 1.31 11.00 0.44 93.3% 0.87 1.07 .322
2007 21 AA MIS 3 0 2.3 7.71 7.71 1.00 0.00 50% 11.57 4.06 .466
2008 22 AA MIS 38 17 120.3 8.98 2.02 4.44 0.60 72.1% 3.52 2.87 .340
2009 23 AAA GWI 9 6 37.7 10.51 2.39 4.40 0.00 83.3% 1.19 1.66 .243
2009 23 MAJ ATL 39 4 67.7 9.58 3.99 2.40 0.67 1.29 70% 90.1 MPH 4.26 3.41 .336
2010 24 MAJ ATL 31 14 107.7 6.94 1.76 3.95 1.09 1.26 73.3% 90.2 MPH 3.68 3.90 .301
2011 25 MAJ ATL 2 0 2.3 7.71 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.67 100% 91.0 MPH 0.00 1.49 .179
2012 26 AAA GWI 3 3 13.1 8.24 4.12 2.00 1.37 73.7% 4.73 4.96 .343
2012 26 MAJ ATL 50 12 138.0 7.83 1.50 5.22 0.39 1.85 85% 90.0 MPH 1.57 2.53 .265
2013 27 MAJ ATL 32 31 197.0 7.17 2.15 3.34 0.82 1.46 77.6% 89.4 MPH 3.11 3.63 .306
2015 29 AA NOR 3 3 15.0 6.60 2.40 2.75 1.20 80% 3.00 4.67 .260
2015 29 AAA OMA 3 3 15.1 5.36 0.60 9.00 3.58 90.9% 4.11 7.77 .229
2015 29 MAJ KC 3 0 6.3 9.95 5.68 1.75 1.42 2.00 66.7% 90.7 MPH 5.68 4.94 .315
Today's Projections     0 0 .4 6.25 2.44 2.56 0.79 77.6% 3.29 0.57 .312
Next 7 Days     0 0 2.7 6.25 2.44 2.56 0.87 78.1% 3.29 3.88 .311
Rest Of Season     0 3 25.6 6.25 2.40 2.60 0.93 78.5% 3.29 3.95 .309
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3-Year Averages     41 21 167.5 7.41 1.88 3.94 0.64 80.1% 2.47 3.11 .289
Career     157 61 519.0 7.65 2.17 3.53 0.75 76.9% 2.98 3.32 .298

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2015 Stat Review for Kris Medlen    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2014 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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1.75 K/BB
TERRIBLE
9.95 K/9
GOOD
5.68 BB/9
TERRIBLE
90.7 MPH Fastball
POOR
1.4 HR/9
TERRIBLE
2.00 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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5.68 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.58 WHIP
TERRIBLE
4.94 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.315 BABIP
HIGH
66.7% Strand Rate
LOW

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Kris Medlen: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Medlen (elbow) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Monday, Andy McCullough of the KC Star reports.

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Medlen (elbow) will be activated Monday, per manager Ned Yost, Andy McCullough of the KC Star reports.

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Medlen (elbow) threw seven scoreless innings in a rehab outing with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports

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Medlen (elbow) has transferred his rehab assignment to Double-A Northwest Arkansas and will pitch Wednesday.

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Medlen (elbow) gave up two runs on four hits over 3.2 innings during Monday's rehab start for Triple-A Omaha, Matthew DeFranks of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

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Medlen (elbow) is slated to make a rehab start at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

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Medlen (elbow) should be ready to return by the All-Star break, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

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Medlen (elbow) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

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2015

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2014

Expectations were incredibly high for Medlen entering 2013, as he was coming off a dominant second half to the 2012 season (0.95 ERA, 9.0 K/9) and was locked in as a full-time starter for the first time in his career. He had his ups and downs to begin the year, but Medlen again came on strong after the All-Star break, with a 2.38 ERA and a 4.73 K/BB after the intermission, and a .197 BAA in September. His strikeout rate remained intact for the most part, dropping from 7.8 to 7.2 K/9, despite a 59-inning spike, and he led the team in wins with 15, despite the third-lowest run support average (3.29) in the National League. Medlen's HR/FB rate jumped significantly (from 5.7 to 9.9%), but a regression toward the mean was inevitable in that department. Looking back, the bar was set unrealistically high for Medlen, but his overall numbers were still impressive, and following the departures of Tim Hudson and Brian McCann in the offseason, he's now the Braves' longest-tenured player and likely Opening Day starter.

2013

Medlen was placed in a relief role at the beginning of 2012 due to the depth of Atlanta's starting pitching. After injury and ineffectiveness took their toll on the rotation, Medlen was moved to the starting rotation in late July. After proving to be an excellent reliever, most expected him to be a good fill-in starter. Nobody quite expected what he did though as Medlen delivered a 0.94 ERA and 84 strikeouts over 12 starts. That performance earned him a full-time place in the rotation for 2013, where he has a good shot at being the best of the starting pitching bunch. He may have been a bit lucky on his home runs allowed (5.7 FB/HR rate) which had his FIP (2.42) almost a full run higher than his ERA. But Medlen has strong strikeout rates (9.0 K/9 as a starter) with good control (83:10 K:BB ratio as a starter), that should help prove last season was no fluke.

2012

Medlen missed most of the season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, but did return to make two impressive outings with the Braves. Despite pitching in just instructional league games during his recovery, Medlen was activated from the DL and was actually on the mound in the ninth inning in Atlanta's final game with a playoff spot on the line, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings. It bodes well for his 2012 fantasy value that he was impressive in his 2.1 innings of work after his return. The sample size may have been small, but it shows the coaching staff had a lot of faith in his stuff. While he's pitched well out of the bullpen, he looked like a future star once he joined the rotation in 2010 with a 3.86 ERA and 62:16 K:BB ratio in 84 innings over 14 starts. Medlen had strong strikeout rates with good control before his injury and could be an impact fantasy player as a starter next season. However, it's not clear if he'll get the opportunity given Atlanta's deep staff. His most upside may be if he's traded elsewhere. Still, he could put up strong strikeout totals even in a relief role.

2011

Medlen finally got his shot at the Atlanta rotation after working out of the bullpen late in 2009 and initially last season. He looked like a future star with a 3.86 ERA and 62:16 K:BB ratio in 84 innings over 14 starts. However, he hurt his elbow in August and will likely miss all of 2011 after Tommy John surgery.

2010

Medlen may be the hidden gem in Atlanta's pitching staff. Last season he dominated in his first trip to Triple-A and then improved after his first trial in the majors.. Medlen is a late bloomer as he turned 24 in October and only converted to pitching after college. He started last season at Triple-A and posted a 1.19 ERA and 44:10 K:BB ratio in 37.2 innings. He then struggled initially when called up to the majors, but posted a 2.80 ERA and 39:10 K:BB ratio in 35.1 innings after the All-Star break. It's not clear what role he'll have in 2010 as it's unlikely that there will be an opening in the starting rotation, but he could be a nice sleeper given his great strikeout rate and strong control.

2009

Medlen is a late bloomer as he turned 23 in October and only converted to pitching after college, but he showed his 2007 breakout season wasn't a fluke. He put up outstanding strikeout and control numbers at Double-A (120:27 K:BB ratio in 120.1 innings), while moving from the bullpen to the rotation. It's not clear if his future is as a starter or in the bullpen. He'll likely start the season at Triple-A, but it's not hard to see him winning a job in spring training or early in the season. He's a keeper to grab as a result.

2008

Medlen jumped from Low-A to Double-A last season while posting outstanding strikeout and control rates along the way (a combined 63:12 K:BB ratio in 47 innings). He's a bit old for a top prospect at 23 next season, but converted to pitching late after playing shortstop in college. He'll start at Double-A next season, but if he duplicates his control and strikeout numbers he could make the Atlanta bullpen at some point during the season. He may be a minor leaguer to grab in deeper keeper leagues as a result.