Keynan Middleton
Keynan Middleton
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Angels
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 8/1/2019
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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$Agreed to a contract with the Angels in June of 2013.
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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Middleton, who compiled a 2.04 ERA across 17.2 innings prior to suffering the season-ending injury, will now begin a lengthy recovery process that will keep him sidelined until summer of 2019. Blake Parker, Justin Anderson and Jim Johnson are all options to see save chances for the Angels with Middleton done for the season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .269 143 36 11 35 7 0 4
Since 2016vs Right .250 174 43 16 39 9 1 8
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-5%
ERA on Road
2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.64 1.33 42.0 2 0 2 9.4 2.8 1.7
Since 2016Away 3.18 1.32 33.0 4 1 7 9.3 3.7 1.1
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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.
K/BB
1.78
 
K/9
8.2
 
BB/9
4.6
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
96.1 mph
 
ERA
2.04
 
WHIP
1.30
 
BABIP
.278
 
GB/FB
0.83
 
Strand %
86.4%
 
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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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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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Tommy John surgery recommended
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
May 17, 2018
Middleton received a recommendation to undergo Tommy John surgery on the UCL in his right (throwing) elbow.
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Headed to DL with damaged UCL
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
May 14, 2018
An MRI on Middleton's elbow revealed damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports. He will be placed on the 10-day disabled list.
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Not on lineup card Monday
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
May 14, 2018
Middleton (elbow) is not on the lineup card Monday, indicating he is likely headed to the disabled list, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Exits with elbow discomfort, MRI on tap
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
May 13, 2018
Middleton exited Sunday's game against the Twins with right elbow discomfort and will get an MRI on Monday, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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