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Kris Medlen
Birthdate: 10/7/1985 (31 y, 5 m, 19 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 5-10/190     Position: P
Drafted: 2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 10, Pick: 24, Overall: 310, Team: Atlanta Braves
Contract: $0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Medlen (shoulder) signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Friday, David O'Brien of the AJC reports. (1/27/2017)
Injury: Shoulder, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Medlen can't stay healthy. He's got two Tommy John surgeries on his resume and only managed 51 innings last year. Medlen hasn't been good by results for a long time -- in 2013, he had 197 innings of superb pitching for the Braves, but that feels even longer than three years ago. Medlen also has below-average velocity -- even after finally making it back to the big leagues presumably healthy, he averaged less than 91 mph, making him a tick slow for a right-hander. Presumably, there's little reason to spend on him. But Medlen also has a top-10-spin curveball, that vaunted change that has always worked for him, and an emerging cutter that got great results last year. He'll get one more shot, probably. Keep an eye on his distance from the big leagues, and hope that his next opportunity is in the National League in a pitcher-friendly park. (Eno Sarris)

The Quick Opinion: There are plenty of reasons not to give Medlen another chance -- injuries, poor results, worsening command, mechanical tinkering that hasn't seemed to produce a repeatable, clean delivery -- but there's still the changeup, the curve, and the cutter. That means he's probably worth another shot.

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4/12C Correa1-B012_0-3Carlos Correa grounded into a double play to third (Grounder). Jose Altuve advanced to 3B. George Springer out at second.2.021.4465.2 %.1051.09
4/17B Butler2-B112_0-1Billy Butler grounded into a double play to third (Grounder). Stephen Vogt out at third.2.280.8752.2 %.0980.87
4/17D Valencia6-B11__1-2Danny Valencia grounded into a double play to third (Grounder). Josh Reddick out at second.2.120.4961.4 %.0910.49
5/10B Gamel2-B01__2-2Benjamin Gamel grounded into a double play to pitcher (Grounder). Chase Headley out at second.1.500.9041.2 %.0770.79
4/12G Springer3-B01__2-3George Springer picked off.1.820.8552.6 %.0720.59
4/12C Rasmus5-B212_2-3Colby Rasmus struck out swinging.2.580.4260.2 %.0650.42
4/12C Rasmus3-B11__2-3Colby Rasmus non-force gdp to second (Liner). Carlos Correa out at second.1.440.5056.7 %.0620.50
4/17B Butler4-B212_1-2Billy Butler struck out looking.2.290.4259.1 %.0580.41
4/29A Lind1-B2_230-0Adam Lind grounded out to second (Grounder).1.990.5744.3 %.0570.57
4/29R Cano1-B012_0-0Robinson Cano flied out to center (Fliner (Fly)).1.901.4336.3 %.0520.56
4/17S Vogt4-B112_0-2Stephen Vogt flied out to left (Fliner (Fly)). Coco Crisp advanced to 3B.2.640.8765.3 %.0510.40
4/12L Valbuena4-B2__32-3Luis Valbuena flied out to center (Fly).1.820.3559.5 %.0490.35
4/17S Vogt7-B0___1-2Stephen Vogt grounded out to shortstop (Grounder).1.910.4665.4 %.0480.22
5/10B McCann2-B212_2-2Brian McCann flied out to shortstop (Fly).1.730.4445.5 %.0450.44
4/12E Gattis1-B212_2-3Evan Gattis struck out swinging.1.750.4256.4 %.0440.42
4/29N Aoki2-B212_0-0Nori Aoki grounded out to second (Grounder).1.770.4245.6 %.0440.41
4/17J Reddick4-B01__0-2Josh Reddick flied out to center (Fliner (Liner)).1.960.8465.8 %.0440.34
4/23M Wieters3-T112_2-3Matt Wieters flied out to shortstop (Fliner (Fly)).1.860.9435.4 %.0430.49
5/10A Hicks1-B21_31-0Aaron Hicks grounded out to catcher (Grounder).1.530.5135.4 %.0420.51
4/23J Hardy3-T212_2-3J.J. Hardy fouled out to left (Fly).1.610.4539.7 %.0420.45
4/12E Gattis4-B1_2_2-3Evan Gattis grounded out to second (Grounder). Carlos Gomez advanced to 3B.1.700.6655.4 %.0410.31
4/17C Crisp6-B0___1-2Coco Crisp struck out swinging.1.580.4662.0 %.0390.22
4/29C Iannetta2-B01__0-0Chris Iannetta lined out to shortstop (Liner).1.550.8441.3 %.0350.34
4/23H Kim4-T01__2-3Hyun Soo Kim struck out looking.1.440.9234.3 %.0340.37
4/12E Kratz5-B0___2-3Erik Kratz struck out swinging.1.360.4859.4 %.0340.23
4/23J Rickard2-T212_0-2Joey Rickard flied out to center (Fliner (Fly)).1.290.4531.1 %.0340.45
4/17Y Alonso5-B0___1-2Yonder Alonso flied out to third (Fly).1.360.4659.8 %.0340.22
4/23M Machado1-T2_2_0-0Manny Machado was caught stealing.1.100.3351.7 %.0320.33
4/12T White4-B0___2-3Tyler White struck out looking.1.190.4858.0 %.0300.23
4/23J Rickard4-T11__2-3Joey Rickard reached on fielder's choice to shortstop (Grounder). Jonathan Schoop out at second.1.210.5537.7 %.0290.31
4/29K Marte5-B0___0-0Ketel Marte struck out swinging.1.170.4643.6 %.0290.22
4/29K Marte2-B11__0-0Ketel Marte struck out swinging.1.230.4944.8 %.0290.28
4/29N Cruz1-B112_0-0Nelson Cruz grounded out to second (Grounder). Nori Aoki advanced to 3B. Seth Smith advanced to 2B.1.950.8741.5 %.0270.30
4/29A Lind4-B0___0-0Adam Lind grounded out to first (Grounder).1.070.4644.2 %.0270.22
4/17Y Alonso3-B0___0-2Yonder Alonso grounded out to second (Grounder).1.040.4668.9 %.0260.22
4/23M Machado3-T0___2-2Manny Machado grounded out to third (Grounder).0.990.5350.0 %.0260.25
4/12L Valbuena2-B0___2-3Luis Valbuena struck out swinging.0.990.4856.4 %.0250.23
4/17D Valencia2-B0___0-1Danny Valencia flied out to center (Fliner (Fly)).1.000.4656.7 %.0250.22
4/29S Smith3-B0___0-0Seth Smith grounded out to second (Liner).0.990.4644.7 %.0250.22
4/12J Altuve5-B1___2-3Jose Altuve grounded out to shortstop (Grounder).0.970.2562.8 %.0240.15
4/17M Semien5-B1___1-2Marcus Semien flied out to right (Fly).0.960.2563.2 %.0230.15
4/23J Rickard1-T0___0-0Joey Rickard grounded out to shortstop (Grounder).0.870.5350.0 %.0230.25
5/10B Gardner1-B0___0-0Brett Gardner flied out to shortstop (Fly).0.870.5145.2 %.0220.24
4/17B Burns1-B0___0-0Billy Burns grounded out to second (Grounder).0.870.4645.4 %.0220.22
4/23M Trumbo2-T0___0-1Mark Trumbo struck out swinging.0.830.5339.8 %.0210.25
4/29L Martin5-B1___0-0Leonys Martin flied out to second (Fly).0.860.2546.5 %.0210.15
4/29R Cano6-B0___1-0Robinson Cano flied out to right (Fliner (Liner)).0.800.4725.1 %.0200.22
4/23A Jones1-T11__0-0Adam Jones grounded out to shortstop (Grounder). Manny Machado advanced to 2B.1.140.5549.8 %.0190.21
4/29K Seager4-B1___0-0Kyle Seager flied out to left (Fly).0.770.2546.8 %.0190.15
4/17M Semien3-B1___0-2Marcus Semien flied out to left (Fly).0.720.2571.5 %.0170.15
4/12E Kratz2-B1___2-3Erik Kratz struck out swinging.0.710.2558.9 %.0170.15
4/29R Cano3-B1___0-0Robinson Cano grounded out to catcher (Grounder).0.710.2547.1 %.0170.15
4/17B Burns5-B2___1-2Billy Burns grounded out to third (Grounder).0.630.1065.5 %.0160.10
4/23M Wieters2-T1___0-1Matt Wieters flied out to center (Fly).0.600.2842.0 %.0150.17
5/4W Ramos1-T0_2_0-5Wilson Ramos struck out swinging.0.421.1610.3 %.0150.45
4/17C Crisp1-B1___0-0Coco Crisp grounded out to second (Grounder).0.610.2547.5 %.0150.15
4/29N Aoki5-B2___0-0Nori Aoki fouled out to third (Fly).0.570.1048.6 %.0140.10
4/29C Iannetta4-B2___0-0Chris Iannetta struck out looking.0.510.1048.7 %.0130.10
4/29N Cruz3-B2___0-0Nelson Cruz grounded out to third (Grounder).0.460.1048.8 %.0120.10
4/12J Altuve2-B2___2-3Jose Altuve struck out looking.0.460.1060.6 %.0110.10
4/17B Burns3-B2___0-2Billy Burns flied out to center (Fliner (Fly)).0.450.1073.2 %.0110.10
4/17J Reddick1-B2___0-0Josh Reddick struck out swinging.0.400.1049.0 %.0100.10
5/4M Taylor2-T0___0-6Michael Taylor struck out looking.0.220.537.6 %.0060.25
5/4A Rendon2-T1___0-6Anthony Rendon flied out to second (Fly). %.0040.17
5/4D Espinosa1-T2___0-6Danny Espinosa grounded out to first (Grounder). %.0030.11
5/4B Harper2-T2___0-6Bryce Harper grounded out to first (Grounder). %.0030.11
4/17C Coghlan4-B21_30-2Chris Coghlan reached on dropped third strike (pb). Passed ball by Salvador Perez.2.260.4770.5 %.0000.00
5/10D Ackley1-B11231-0Dustin Ackley hit a sacrifice fly to center (Fly). Starlin Castro scored. Brian McCann advanced to 3B.2.451.5935.7 %-.0040.08
4/23A Jones4-T2_2_2-4Adam Jones walked.0.970.3328.7 %-.007-0.12
5/4C Robinson1-T1__30-6Clint Robinson hit a sacrifice fly to center (Fliner (Fly)). Jayson Werth scored.0.510.9610.7 %-.010-0.15
5/4J Werth1-T1_2_0-5Jayson Werth advanced on a wild pitch to 3B.0.440.7011.9 %-.011-0.26
4/23J Hardy2-T2___0-1J.J. Hardy walked.0.400.1143.5 %-.012-0.13
5/10B Gardner2-B2___2-2Brett Gardner walked.0.430.1148.9 %-.013-0.13
5/4R Zimmerman3-T0___2-6Ryan Zimmerman singled to center (Grounder).0.400.5314.5 %-.015-0.39
4/23J Schoop2-T21__0-1Jonathan Schoop singled to left (Liner). J.J. Hardy advanced to 2B.0.770.2442.4 %-.018-0.21
4/12G Springer5-B2___2-3George Springer walked.0.630.1065.1 %-.019-0.12
5/10S Castro2-B21__2-2Starlin Castro walked. Brett Gardner advanced to 2B.0.840.2347.6 %-.020-0.21
4/29L Martin2-B21__0-0Leonys Martin walked. Kyle Seager advanced to 2B.0.850.2247.7 %-.021-0.20
4/12C Gomez1-B21__2-3Carlos Gomez walked. Tyler White advanced to 2B.0.830.2258.5 %-.021-0.20
4/29N Cruz6-B1___1-0Nelson Cruz walked.0.590.2527.1 %-.022-0.25
5/4D Murphy3-T01__2-6Daniel Murphy singled to right (Liner). Ryan Zimmerman advanced to 2B.0.620.9213.0 %-.023-0.62
5/10S Castro1-B1___0-0Starlin Castro singled to left (Grounder).0.620.2747.4 %-.024-0.26
4/23M Machado1-T1___0-0Manny Machado singled to center (Grounder).0.630.2852.3 %-.024-0.27
5/4J Werth1-T0__30-5Jayson Werth doubled to center (Liner). Daniel Murphy scored.0.471.4513.1 %-.027-0.71
4/23A Jones3-T1___2-2Adam Jones walked.0.730.2852.6 %-.028-0.27
5/4J Werth3-T012_2-6Jayson Werth walked. Ryan Zimmerman advanced to 3B. Daniel Murphy advanced to 2B.0.741.5410.7 %-.028-0.84
4/17S Vogt2-B1___0-1Stephen Vogt walked.0.700.2559.2 %-.028-0.25
4/12C Correa5-B21__2-3Carlos Correa walked. George Springer advanced to 2B.1.260.2263.2 %-.030-0.20
4/12C Correa3-B1___2-3Carlos Correa singled to shortstop (Grounder).0.770.2559.8 %-.031-0.25
5/10B McCann1-B11__0-0Brian McCann singled to center (Fliner (Liner)). Starlin Castro advanced to 2B.1.160.5345.0 %-.035-0.39
4/12J Altuve1-B0___0-3Jose Altuve walked.0.820.4874.5 %-.035-0.37
4/29N Aoki1-B0___0-0Nori Aoki walked.0.870.4645.4 %-.036-0.37
4/23J Schoop4-T0___2-3Jonathan Schoop singled to left (Liner).0.910.5337.9 %-.036-0.39
4/29K Seager2-B0___0-0Kyle Seager walked.0.920.4645.0 %-.038-0.37
5/10D Ackley3-B0_2_2-3Dustin Ackley walked.1.501.1449.2 %-.038-0.37
4/17C Coghlan2-B11__0-1Chris Coghlan walked. Stephen Vogt advanced to 2B.1.340.4956.4 %-.042-0.38
4/17J Reddick6-B1___1-2Josh Reddick walked.1.140.2565.9 %-.045-0.25
4/12G Springer3-B0___2-3George Springer singled to left (Grounder).1.080.4857.1 %-.045-0.37
4/17C Crisp4-B0___0-2Coco Crisp walked.1.120.4670.7 %-.048-0.37
4/17D Valencia4-B11__0-2Danny Valencia singled to left (Liner). Coco Crisp advanced to 2B.1.520.4970.2 %-.049-0.38
5/4B Harper1-T01_30-1Bryce Harper singled to center (Fliner (Fly)). Michael Taylor scored. Anthony Rendon advanced to 2B.1.541.8838.0 %-.054-0.66
4/29S Smith1-B01__0-0Seth Smith walked. Nori Aoki advanced to 2B.1.460.8441.8 %-.055-0.59
4/12C Gomez4-B1___2-3Carlos Gomez doubled to right (Grounder).0.850.2561.0 %-.056-0.40
4/12G Springer1-B01__0-3George Springer singled to left (Grounder). Jose Altuve advanced to 2B.1.440.8570.9 %-.057-0.59
5/10C Beltran1-B112_0-0Carlos Beltran singled to right (Grounder). Starlin Castro advanced to 3B. Brian McCann advanced to 2B.1.900.9241.5 %-.058-0.66
5/4M Taylor1-T0___0-0Michael Taylor reached on error to third (Grounder). Michael Taylor advanced to 2B. Error by Mike Moustakas.0.870.5350.0 %-.058-0.63
5/4A Rendon1-T0_2_0-0Anthony Rendon reached on error to second (Grounder). Michael Taylor advanced to 3B. Error by Omar Infante.1.191.1644.2 %-.063-0.72
5/10D Gregorius2-B0___1-2Didi Gregorius doubled to right (Fliner (Liner)).0.990.5155.8 %-.067-0.63
4/23C Davis3-T11__2-2Chris Davis singled to right (Grounder). Adam Jones advanced to 3B.1.320.5549.8 %-.070-0.67
5/10C Beltran3-B0___2-3Carlos Beltran doubled to left (Fly).1.080.5156.4 %-.073-0.63
4/23M Trumbo3-T11_32-3Mark Trumbo singled to center (Grounder). Adam Jones scored. Chris Davis advanced to 2B.2.001.2142.8 %-.073-0.73
5/10C Headley2-B0_2_2-2Chase Headley singled to right (Liner). Didi Gregorius scored.1.391.1449.1 %-.080-0.76
4/12C Rasmus1-B2__31-3Colby Rasmus doubled to center (Fliner (Fly)). Jose Altuve scored.1.140.3575.7 %-.083-0.96
5/4D Murphy1-T0_230-4Daniel Murphy doubled to right (Liner). Bryce Harper scored. Ryan Zimmerman scored. Daniel Murphy advanced to 3B on error. Error by Jarrod Dyson.1.002.0221.5 %-.084-1.43
4/12T White1-B2_2_2-3Tyler White singled to right (Grounder). Colby Rasmus scored.1.130.3167.5 %-.090-0.91
4/17C Coghlan7-B1___1-2Chris Coghlan hit a ground rule double (Fliner (Fly)).1.380.2570.1 %-.092-0.40
4/23H Kim2-T212_0-2Hyun Soo Kim singled to center (Liner). J.J. Hardy scored. Jonathan Schoop advanced to 2B.1.530.4540.5 %-.094-1.00
4/23C Davis4-T212_2-5Chris Davis singled to right (Fliner (Liner)). Manny Machado scored. Adam Jones advanced to 3B. Chris Davis advanced to 2B.1.340.4528.0 %-.095-1.17
4/23C Davis2-T0___0-1Chris Davis homered (Fly).0.930.5350.0 %-.102-1.00
5/4R Zimmerman1-T012_0-2Ryan Zimmerman doubled to left (Grounder). Anthony Rendon scored. Bryce Harper advanced to 3B.1.611.5432.6 %-.111-1.49
4/17C Crisp4-B21_31-2Coco Crisp advanced on a passed ball to score. Danny Valencia advanced to 2B. Passed ball by Salvador Perez.2.260.4770.5 %-.114-0.94
4/23M Machado4-T21__2-4Manny Machado doubled to left (Fliner (Liner)). Joey Rickard scored.0.850.2440.7 %-.120-1.09
4/29S Smith6-B0___1-0Seth Smith homered (Fly).1.310.4642.7 %-.176-1.00