Keynan Middleton
Keynan Middleton
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Angels
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Tommy John surgery has a fairly high success rate, but it's not 100%, and in the case of Middleton, the jury is still out as to whether he will make a complete recovery. Middleton did make it back to the majors last August, roughly 15 months after he went under the knife. However, his velocity was way down. His fastball clocked in at 94.1 mph on average, down two ticks, while his slider and changeup were down 3-4 mph. It was a small sample, but Middleton was far less effective. He struck batters out at an 18.2% clip, down more than seven percentage points from his debut in 2017, and his swinging-strike and O-Swing rates were 7.7% and 21.8%, respectively (MLB averages are around 9.5% and 30%). It certainly doesn't mean he should be written off, but Middleton is an unknown right now. Hansel Robles put his stamp on the closer job and Middleton is not high on the list of speculative stashes. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Angels in January of 2020.
Focusing on consistency
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
September 10, 2020
Middleton is working at the Angels' alternate training site in an effort to develop more consistent control, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Middleton was optioned to the team's alternate site in Long Beach last week after posting a 5.25 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 11:6 K:BB in his first 12 innings. The organization remains confident in his ability while acknowledging that the right-hander has had his struggles this season. "We've seen it in the past. We've seen it at times this year. We saw it in spring training. He looked electric. We really just want him to hone in on the zone so those outings where he gets a little out of control and out of whack with his release point don't happen as often," pitching coach Mickey Callaway explained.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Keynan Middleton generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .232 66 15 8 13 2 0 1
Since 2018vs Right .230 91 18 14 17 7 0 2
2020vs Left .235 21 5 3 4 0 0 0
2020vs Right .296 32 6 3 8 3 0 2
2019vs Left .000 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right .200 25 4 5 4 2 0 0
2018vs Left .273 37 8 3 9 2 0 1
2018vs Right .185 34 8 6 5 2 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-54%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.74 1.66 21.2 0 1 1 7.1 5.4 0.8
Since 2018Away 1.72 1.02 15.2 0 0 5 9.2 5.2 0.6
2020Home 5.63 1.75 8.0 0 1 0 7.9 4.5 1.1
2020Away 4.50 1.00 4.0 0 0 0 9.0 4.5 2.3
2019Home 2.45 2.18 3.2 0 0 0 2.5 9.8 0.0
2019Away 0.00 0.75 4.0 0 0 0 11.3 6.8 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
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Stat Review
How does Keynan Middleton compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.83
 
K/9
8.3
 
BB/9
4.5
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
97.2 mph
 
ERA
5.25
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.305
 
GB/FB
0.47
 
Left On Base
65.8%
 
Exit Velocity
81.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.9%
 
Spin Rate
2395 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
15.7%
 
Swinging Strike
12.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Sent to alternate site
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
August 31, 2020
Middleton was optioned to the Angels' alternate training site Monday.
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Takes loss against Dodgers
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
August 16, 2020
Middleton (0-1) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Dodgers. He gave up an unearned run in the lone inning he pitched.
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Last pitched in middle innings
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
August 7, 2020
Middleton came in midway through the sixth inning in his most recent appearance Tuesday against the Mariners.
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Toils through rough spring
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
March 28, 2020
Middleton allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six in five Cactus League innings.
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Pleased with velocity in debut
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
February 26, 2020
Middleton indicated that he was "happy with" his velocity following his first Cactus League appearance Tuesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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