Keynan Middleton
Keynan Middleton
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Angels
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 7/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After an up-and-down rookie year in 2017, Middleton quickly emerged as one of the Angels’ top relievers in his sophomore season, taking over as the team’s closer in early April. The young right-hander converted six of his seven save chances before suffering a torn UCL in May that ended his season and forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery. Middleton posted a shiny 2.04 ERA prior to suffering the injury, though indicators -- mainly a dip in his K/BB from 3.5 K/BB in 2017 to 1.8 K/BB in 2018 and an unusually high strand rate (88.5%) -- suggest there could have been some luck at play (3.78 FIP). He did lower his home-run rate significantly from 2017. Middleton is set to miss a good chunk, if not all, of the 2019 season while recovering. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Angels in June of 2013.
Not yet facing hitters
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
April 16, 2019
Middleton (elbow) is scheduled to start facing hitters in mid-May, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Middleton resumed throwing off a mound in late March so he seems to be progressing well 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old should rejoin the Angels' bullpen when healthy, though he's unlikely to be ready to return until midway through the season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .269 143 36 11 35 7 0 4
Since 2017vs Right .250 174 43 16 39 9 1 8
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .273 37 8 3 9 2 0 1
2018vs Right .185 34 8 6 5 2 0 0
2017vs Left .268 106 28 8 26 5 0 3
2017vs Right .264 140 35 10 34 7 1 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-5%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.64 1.33 42.0 2 0 2 9.4 2.8 1.7
Since 2017Away 3.18 1.32 34.0 4 1 7 9.3 3.7 1.1
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 2.70 1.40 10.0 0 0 1 8.1 4.5 0.9
2018Away 1.17 1.17 7.2 0 0 5 8.2 4.7 0.0
2017Home 3.94 1.31 32.0 2 0 1 9.8 2.3 2.0
2017Away 3.76 1.37 26.1 4 1 2 9.6 3.4 1.4
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Don't chase wins, especially not relief-pitcher wins. Middleton racked up six wins while working out of the Angels' bullpen last season and even earned three saves as manager Mike Scioscia took a closer-by-committee approach for a while as the back end sorted itself out. He also had decent ratios to boot, but a 1.7 HR/9 and 84.7 percent left-on-base rate point to regression ahead. Plus, with Jim Johnson coming aboard via an offseason trade, there will be more competition for high-leverage work; a repeat of his six-win season would have been considered highly unlikely anyway. Middleton misses bats at a high rate, as evidenced by his 25.6 strikeout percentage and 16.6 percent swinging-strike rate, but his 2.8 BB/9 will be difficult to sustain with a 57.3 percent first-pitch strike rate. There are better options if you're looking to fill a mixed-league pitching staff with skilled middle relievers over fourth and fifth starters.
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Returns to mound work
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
March 22, 2019
Middleton (elbow) returned to throwing off a mound Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Heads to injured list
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
March 16, 2019
Middleton (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday.
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Still eyeing mid-season return
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
February 13, 2019
Middleton (elbow) began a throwing progression midway through the offseason and is still on track to return during the middle of the 2019 season, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Undergoes successful surgery
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
May 23, 2018
Middleton underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Moved to 60-day DL
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
May 20, 2018
Middleton (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Sunday.
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