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Birth Date10-7-1985
Height5' 10"
Weight190 lbs
Age33 years, 5 months, 15 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2009 ATL MLB 37 4 67.7 3 5 0 65 30 72 5 97 8.6 4.0 0.7 9.6 42% .324 1.40 3.30 4.26 75 3.33 71.4 1.5
2010 ATL MLB 31 14 107.7 6 2 0 108 21 83 13 93 9.0 1.8 1.1 6.9 44% .299 1.20 3.79 3.68 92 3.46 78.2 2.2
2011 ATL MLB 2 0 2.3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 97 3.9 0.0 0.0 7.7 33% .167 0.43 1.27 0.00 123 5.86 136.2 0.0
2012 ATL MLB 50 12 138.0 10 1 1 103 23 120 6 98 6.7 1.5 0.4 7.8 54% .261 0.91 2.45 1.57 70 2.22 50.9 4.5
2013 ATL MLB 32 31 197.0 15 12 0 194 47 157 18 99 8.9 2.1 0.8 7.2 47% .299 1.22 3.45 3.11 89 3.26 78.2 4.0
2015 KCA MLB 15 8 58.3 6 2 0 56 18 40 6 101 8.6 2.8 0.9 6.2 51% .282 1.27 4.09 4.01 105 4.24 99.1 0.5
2016 KCA MLB 6 6 24.3 1 3 0 30 20 18 2 98 11.1 7.4 0.7 6.7 49% .354 2.05 5.15 7.77 123 6.96 154.0 -0.4
2018 ARI MLB 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 9 4 4 0 100 20.3 9.0 0.0 9.0 59% .529 3.25 4.12 15.75 105 4.88 109.1 0.0
CareerMLB17476599.34126156616349650988.52.40.87.448%.2961.223.393.33873.3376.712.3

Statistics for All Levels

'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 LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2006 DNV Rk APL 20 0 22.2 1 0 10 14 2 36 0 87 5.7 0.8 0.0 14.6 57% .393 0.72 0.70 0.41 0 0.00 0.0
2007 ROM A SAL 17 0 20.7 0 1 8 13 3 33 1 97 5.7 1.3 0.4 14.3 55% .279 0.77 1.36 0.87 0 0.00 0.0
2007 MYR A+ CRL 18 0 24.0 2 0 2 22 7 28 1 97 8.3 2.6 0.4 10.5 53% .323 1.21 2.33 1.13 0 0.00 0.0
2007 MIS AA SOU 3 0 2.3 0 0 1 4 2 2 0 88 15.7 7.8 0.0 7.8 54% .462 2.61 4.25 11.74 0 0.00 0.0
2007 hon Wnt HWB 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 18.0 0.0 0.0 27.0 0% 1.000 2.00 -2.06 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 hon Wnt HWB 11 0 14.3 0 1 1 10 4 27 0 6.3 2.5 0.0 17.0 0% .370 0.98 1.00 1.89 0 0.00 0.0
2008 MIS AA SOU 36 17 120.3 7 8 1 121 27 120 8 103 9.1 2.0 0.6 9.0 45% .332 1.23 2.90 3.52 0 0.00 0.0
2008 MSS Wnt AFL 12 1 21.0 1 1 0 15 1 25 0 6.4 0.4 0.0 10.7 0% .300 0.76 2.56 2.14 0 0.00 0.0
2009 ATL MLB NL 37 4 67.7 3 5 0 65 30 72 5 97 8.6 4.0 0.7 9.6 42% .324 1.40 3.30 4.26 75 3.33 71.4
2009 GWN AAA INT 8 6 37.7 5 0 0 20 10 44 0 105 4.8 2.4 0.0 10.5 45% .238 0.80 1.61 1.19 0 0.00 0.0
2010 ATL MLB NL 31 14 107.7 6 2 0 108 21 83 13 93 9.0 1.8 1.1 6.9 44% .299 1.20 3.79 3.68 92 3.46 78.2
2011 ATL MLB NL 2 0 2.3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 97 3.9 0.0 0.0 7.7 33% .167 0.43 1.27 0.00 123 5.86 136.2
2012 ATL MLB NL 50 12 138.0 10 1 1 103 23 120 6 98 6.7 1.5 0.4 7.8 54% .261 0.91 2.45 1.57 70 2.22 50.9
2012 GWN AAA INT 3 3 13.3 0 2 0 15 6 12 2 97 10.1 4.1 1.4 8.1 35% .342 1.58 4.88 4.73 0 0.00 0.0
2013 ATL MLB NL 32 31 197.0 15 12 0 194 47 157 18 99 8.9 2.1 0.8 7.2 47% .299 1.22 3.45 3.11 89 3.26 78.2
2015 KCA MLB AL 15 8 58.3 6 2 0 56 18 40 6 101 8.6 2.8 0.9 6.2 51% .282 1.27 4.09 4.01 105 4.24 99.1
2015 NWA AA TEX 3 3 15.0 0 1 0 13 4 11 2 103 7.8 2.4 1.2 6.6 67% .250 1.13 4.76 3.00 90 3.85 83.1
2015 OMA AAA PCL 3 3 15.3 1 0 0 16 1 9 6 96 9.4 0.6 3.5 5.3 51% .222 1.11 8.09 4.11 105 3.60 77.6
2016 KCA MLB AL 6 6 24.3 1 3 0 30 20 18 2 98 11.1 7.4 0.7 6.7 49% .354 2.05 5.15 7.77 123 6.96 154.0
2016 NWA AA TEX 2 2 5.0 0 1 0 9 2 8 1 97 16.2 3.6 1.8 14.4 33% .571 2.20 3.77 7.20 77 1.79 41.2
2016 OMA AAA PCL 8 5 19.7 0 3 0 25 7 18 9 93 11.4 3.2 4.1 8.2 41% .281 1.63 9.06 8.69 121 5.97 130.7
2016 ROY Rk AZL 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 108 13.5 0.0 0.0 9.0 67% .500 1.50 2.11 0.00 94 3.40 72.2
2017 BRV A+ FSL 2 2 11.3 1 1 0 10 4 6 1 97 7.9 3.2 0.8 4.8 49% .250 1.24 4.98 3.97 119 7.40 156.8
2017 MIS AA SOU 2 2 10.3 1 0 0 10 3 8 0 101 8.7 2.6 0.0 7.0 59% .294 1.26 2.72 1.74 93 4.40 100.5
2017 GWN AAA INT 16 16 94.7 3 7 0 105 23 84 15 96 10.0 2.2 1.4 8.0 38% .318 1.35 4.53 5.42 103 3.87 82.3
2018 ARI MLB NL 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 9 4 4 0 100 20.3 9.0 0.0 9.0 59% .529 3.25 4.12 15.75 105 4.88 109.1
2018 RNO AAA PCL 7 7 34.0 0 5 0 39 15 29 6 110 10.3 4.0 1.6 7.7 40% .314 1.59 5.92 5.03 122 8.09 173.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2009 1084 0.5009 0.4068 0.7483 0.5727 0.2403 0.8135 0.5923 0.2517
2010 1585 0.5319 0.4543 0.7806 0.6002 0.2884 0.8617 0.5888 0.2194
2011 23 0.4348 0.4783 0.9091 0.5000 0.4615 0.8000 1.0000 0.0909
2012 1883 0.5135 0.4711 0.7723 0.5977 0.3373 0.8720 0.5858 0.2277
2013 3043 0.5018 0.4772 0.7541 0.6431 0.3100 0.8289 0.5979 0.2459
2015 927 0.4531 0.4488 0.7933 0.6095 0.3156 0.9023 0.6188 0.2067
2016 474 0.4473 0.3882 0.7663 0.5991 0.2176 0.8268 0.6316 0.2337
2018 101 0.3366 0.4257 0.7674 0.6765 0.2985 0.8261 0.7000 0.2326
Career91200.49960.45550.76690.61220.29960.84890.59920.2331

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2018 ARI $
2017 ATL $
2016 KCA $5,500,000
2015 KCA $2,000,000
2014 ATL $5,800,000
2013 ATL $2,600,000
2012 ATL $490,000
2011 ATL $429,500
2010 ATL $407,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$17,227,000
7 yrTotal$17,227,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 137 dWasserman Media1 year/$1.1M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 1/22/18 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Arizona 5/4/18. Retired 5/27/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/27/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Released by Atlanta 3/28/17.
  • 2 years/$8.5M (2015-16), plus 2017 mutual option. Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/14. 15:$2M, 16:$5.5M, 17:$10M mutual option, $1M buyout. Performance bonuses: May earn additional $4M in 2015, $6M in 2016. Kansas City declined 2017 option 11/16.
  • 1 year/$5.8M (2014). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Atlanta 12/2/14.
  • 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 by Atlanta 2006 (10-310) (Santa Ana JC. Calif.). $85,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.6 4.1 0 13 13 61.9 54 22 49 8 .258 1.23 4.04 4.43 4.4 0.5
80o 3.1 4 0 11 11 55.9 52 21 44 8 .272 1.32 4.44 4.87 1.4 0.1
70o 2.8 3.8 0 10 10 51.6 51 21 41 8 .282 1.38 4.73 5.19 -0.5 -0.1
60o 2.5 3.7 0 10 10 48.1 49 20 38 8 .290 1.44 4.98 5.48 -1.9 -0.2
50o 2.3 3.6 0 9 9 44.8 48 19 35 7 .298 1.50 5.23 5.74 -3.0 -0.3
40o 2 3.5 0 8 8 41.7 46 19 33 7 .306 1.56 5.47 6.02 -4.1 -0.4
30o 1.8 3.3 0 8 8 38.4 44 18 30 7 .315 1.63 5.74 6.31 -4.9 -0.5
20o 1.5 3.1 0 7 7 34.6 42 17 27 6 .325 1.70 6.06 6.67 -5.8 -0.6
10o 1.2 2.8 0 6 6 29.6 38 15 23 6 .339 1.82 6.51 7.17 -6.5 -0.7
Weighted Mean2.23.509944.24719357.2961.495.195.71-2.9-0.3

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-02-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Brendan. I'm honored to be part of your first chat. Look forward to many more. What are your thoughts on guys coming off their second TJ surgery? Kris Medlen in particular.
(dhorrell1956 from Winston Salem, NC)
I like to see teams get creative with their brittle but effective arms. If you're concerned about durability, why not maximize the ~100 innings you expect out of a guy like Medlen by using him when he's fresh in high leverage outings? (Brendan Gawlowski)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)With offense at a premium, I went to spend as much money on hitters as possible in the auction this year. (8-team, NL-only, standard 5x5 keeper league, $260 auction budget.) With that in mind, I'm going to try to spend an average of $5 per pitcher. #1 - do you agree with that concept? #2 - Should I then try to target buy low guys coming off injuries, like Cliff Lee, Matt Cain, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, etc.?
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
I think it's fine to target hitters, but I hesitate to endorse the idea of strict limits on pitching totals. I tend to play a little looser in auctions and see what comes to me in terms of value, because it helps to be able to pivot if things don't play out the way you foresaw. That said I think targeting injured players is a fine strategy but I'd be especially careful with guys coming off their second TJ (Craig Goldstein)
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)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)
2013-02-26 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)
2013-01-22 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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