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Kris Medlen

Kris Medlen
Atlanta Braves – No. 54
Starting pitcher
Born: (1985-10-07) October 7, 1985 (age 28)
Artesia, California
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 21, 2009 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win-Loss record 34–20
Earned run average 2.95
Strikeouts 434

Career highlights and awards

Kristopher Allen Medlen (born October 7, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Professional career

2006 Draft

Medlen was drafted by the Braves in the 10th round of the [1]

Minor league career

2006 season

Medlen played his first professional baseball game on June 22, 2006, for the [2]

2007 season

Medlen played for three of the Braves minor league teams during 2007, progressing from the [3] His statistics for these three teams were as follows: For the Rome Braves, Medlen appeared in 17 games, logging 20.2 innings, with 33 strike-outs and 3 walks; he had an ERA of 0.87 and a WHIP of 0.774. For the Myrtle Beach Braves, Medlen appeared in 18 games, pitching 24 innings, with 28 strike-outs and 9 walks (2 of them intentional); he had an ERA of 1.12 and a WHIP of 1.230. For the Mississippi Braves, Medlen appeared in only 3 games, for a total of 2.1 innings. He had 2 strike-outs and 2 walks, allowing 4 hits and 3 earned runs (for an ERA of 11.57 and a WHIP of 2.571). [4]

2008 season

Medlen spent the entire 2008 season with the [5] For the season, Medlen started 17 games, with 6 wins and 5 losses.

Medlen was named Southern League pitcher of the week on July 14, 2008, after the week in which he had 10 strike-outs against the Blue Wahoos and a win against the Chattanooga Lookouts, in which he allowed 5 hits, 1 walk and 1 run over 6 innings, while striking out 6 batters. [6]

Atlanta Braves (2009-present)

2009 season

Medlen began his major league career as a starter, making his debut on May 21, 2009 pitching just 3.0 innings, giving up 5 earned runs on 3 hits against the Colorado Rockies.[1] Medlen earned his first major league win on May 31, 2009 against the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching 6 innings and giving up only 1 earned run.[2] Medlen went to the Braves bullpen, to make room for rookie starting pitcher Tommy Hanson, and Medlen made his first appearance as a relief pitcher on June 9, 2009, when he pitched scoreless 13th, 14th and 15th innings to get a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. [3] For the 2009 season, Medlen pitched a total of 67.2 innings, gave up 65 hits and 30 walks, while striking out 72. His record was 3 wins and 5 losses, with an ERA of 4.26. [4]

2010 season

On August 5, 2010, Medlen was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow. It was announced by the Atlanta Braves that he would require Tommy John Surgery to repair the damage, ending his season.

2011 season

Medlen spent much of the 2011 season rehabbing following the surgery. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 24, 2011, and pitched in only two games. [5]

2012 season

In the Bullpen

Medlen began the 2012 major league season as a reliever for the Atlanta Braves, typically pitching middle innings before the Braves set-up man and closer came on for the 8th and 9th innings. He was sent down to the Braves AAA team (the Gwinnett Braves), for the purpose of "stretching him out" to return to the majors as a starter. He started only three games for the Gwinnett Braves, pitching 2.1, 5.0 and 6.0 innings and having a record of two losses and one "no decision". [7] He returned to Atlanta on June 18, 2012, and made 16 appearances in relief, from June 18, 2012 through July 25, 2012.

As a Starter

Medlen got his first start of the 2012 season, on July 31, 2012, against the Miami Marlins, allowing 4 hits and 1 earned run and recording the Win in a 7-1 game.[13] With this game, Medlen extended his streak of scoreless innings to 28-1/3.

On September 3, 2012, Medlen faced the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field, and got the win in dominant fashion. Medlen pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out a career-best 12 batters. He threw 111 pitches, with 88 of them being strikes. [22] This established a new major league record in that category, according to

Medlen started against the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB's first ever single-game wild card playoff.


On September 4, 2012, Medlen was named National League "Pitcher of the Month" for August 2012. In an article discussing the award, Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer David O'Brien pointed out that many commentators have been comparing Kris Medlen to the Braves' legendary pitcher, Greg Maddux. [23]

Additional Statistics

Medlen has a record of 15 wins and 1 loss over his past 29 starts. [25]

2013 season

On June 8, 2013, Medlen hit his first career home run.

Pitching style

Medlen mostly throws four pitches. He leads with a two-seam fastball in the 89–92 mph range, and he also has a four-seam fastball in that range. His off-speed pitches are a curveball (77–80) and changeup (80–83), which are used primarily against right-handers and left-handers, respectively. Lastly, Medlen throws a handful of sliders.[7]

Medlen's highly effective changeup has a career whiff rate of 44%, among the highest rates for starting pitchers in the big leagues.[8] Hitters in the 2012 season hit only .098 against the pitch.[9]


External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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