Kris Medlen
P | Bats/Throws: S/R | 5' 10" 190LBS | Age: 38
Draft: 2006 | Rd: 10, #310, Atlanta Braves | Santa Ana College
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2015 6 2 4.01 15 8 0 58.1 40 1.27
2016 1 3 7.77 6 6 0 24.1 18 2.05
2018 0 1 15.75 1 1 0 4 4 3.25
8 Seasons 41 26 3.33 174 76 1 599.1 496 1.22
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2015 15 6-2 4.01 58.1 40 1.27
2016 6 1-3 7.77 24.1 18 2.05
2018 1 0-1 15.75 4 4 3.25
8 Seasons 174 41-26 3.33 599.1 496 1.22
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
LA Sweet-
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 29 927 183 9 4.9 3.7 89.1 113.3 10.7 29.0 .260 .406 .309 .322 .353 35.5 16.5 7.4 4.01 4.34
2016 30 475 81 5 6.2 4.2 89.7 113.1 10.3 32.1 .309 .466 .384 .398 .414 42.0 15.1 16.8 7.77 7.22
2018 32 101 17 0 0.0 0.0 86.4 104.3 10.4 47.1 .282 .363 .471 .345 .345 29.4 16.0 16.0 15.75 5.16
Player 1503 281 14 5.0 3.6 89.1 113.3 10.6 31.0 .275 .421 .342 .347 .370 37.0 16.0 10.9
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Medlen relies on 5 pitches.
Four Seamer
(47.5%) ,
Changeup
(24.8%) ,
Sinker
(14.9%) ,
Curveball
(8.9%) ,
Slider
(4.0%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2015 51.4 19.7 20.8 8.2 47.0 31.7 19.1 0.0 38.8 23.5 25.1 6.0 4.9 3.7
2016 49.4 18.5 23.5 8.6 42.0 45.7 12.3 2.5 32.1 19.8 30.9 6.2 6.2 4.2
2018 52.9 17.6 23.5 5.9 41.2 29.4 29.4 11.8 35.3 23.5 23.5 5.9 0.0 0.0
Player 50.9 19.2 21.7 8.2 45.2 35.6 17.8 1.4 36.7 22.4 26.7 6.0 5.0 3.6
MLB 44.6 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2018 Slider AZ R 4 87.6 24.3 -9.0 -27 3.3 -0.7 -17
2018 Sinker AZ R 15 90.0 21.9 -3.0 -12 15.1 0.4 3
2018 Curveball AZ R 9 77.8 55.9 0.1 0 12.1 1.3 12
2018 4-Seam Fastball AZ R 48 89.4 16.9 1.9 10 5.8 -2.2 -28
2018 Changeup AZ R 25 83.8 34.6 1.7 5 14.5 0.5 3
2016 Changeup KC R 66 85.6 25.7 -6.0 -19 13.5 0.5 4
2016 4-Seam Fastball KC R 68 91.3 13.8 4.0 23 5.5 -2.1 -28
2016 Sinker KC R 181 91.2 20.2 -3.1 -13 12.8 -1.3 -9
2016 Curveball KC R 58 78.1 61.7 6.9 13 13.4 2.7 26
2016 Slider KC R 79 85.4 35.0 -0.8 -2 5.6 1.1 24
2015 4-Seam Fastball KC R 189 91.5 14.7 2.8 16 7.0 -0.5 -7
2015 Changeup KC R 175 84.9 26.2 -5.7 -18 14.3 1.2 9
2015 Curveball KC R 197 79.1 57.7 3.8 7 10.6 0.4 4
2015 Sinker KC R 364 91.6 20.5 -3.0 -13 14.1 -0.5 -3
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2018 4-Seam Fastball -2.1 -1 48 47.5 13 .455 .545 .481 9.1 0.0 0.0 .259 .369 .337 36.4
2018 Changeup -4.5 -1 25 24.8 7 .400 .600 .507 41.7 28.6 20.0 .304 .350 .405 0.0
2018 Sinker -6.1 -1 15 14.9 2 .500 1.000 .625 40.0 50.0 25.0 .420 .511 .401 0.0
2018 Curveball 1.6 0 9 8.9 1 .000 .000 .000 50.0 100.0 100.0 -- -- .000 --
2018 Slider -17.3 -1 4 4.0 2 .500 .500 .450 0.0 0.0 0.0 .352 .399 .328 50.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2009 292 1,088 -2 9 -1 -7 -1
2010 435 1,589 -2 13 -2 -5 4
2012 545 1,975 15 28 -6 -3 34
2013 841 3,115 17 23 -22 -8 9
2015 264 1,012 1 5 -4 -4 -1
2016 119 475 -1 3 -7 -2 -8
2018 25 101 1 -3 -1 0 -4
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2015 927 46.6 59.3 86.3 33.7 65.9 46.5 58.4 45.6 20.6 6.5 66.7
2016 475 45.3 58.6 80.2 22.7 67.8 44.2 42.9 38.9 23.2 7.2 70.6
2018 101 37.6 71.1 81.5 25.4 68.8 42.6 56.0 42.6 23.3 5.0 60.0
Player 1,503 45.6 59.7 84.1 29.6 66.5 45.5 53.5 43.3 21.5 6.6 67.7
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 60.9 47.2 24.8 7.3 76.2
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2015 28 27 34 44 32 70 52 20 26 23 49 31 88 31 55 96 33
2016 25 59 99 33
2018 10 78 53
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2016 24.3 2 2.4 0 1 2 1 50.0
Player 24.3 2 2.4 0 1 2 1 50.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 2 3 1 2 3 2 3 3 2 1 3 3 2 2 3 3 1 3 1 3 2 1 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 3
Player 2 3 1 2 3 2 3 3 2 1 3 3 2 2 3 3 1 3 1 3 2 1 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 3
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 91.5 91.3 -0.2
Offspeed Velocity 84.9 85.6 0.7
Breaking Velocity 79.1 82.3 3.2
Exit Velocity 89.1 89.7 0.6
Launch Angle 10.7 10.3 -0.4
Barrel % 4.9 6.2 1.3
Hard Hit % 35.5 42.0 6.5
LA Sweet-Spot % 29.0 32.1 3.1
xBA .260 .309 0.049
BA .252 .309 0.057
xwOBA .322 .398 0.076
wOBA .309 .384 0.075
xSLG .406 .466 0.060
SLG .392 .464 0.072
K% 16.5 15.1 -1.4
BB% 7.4 16.8 9.4
Swing % 45.6 38.9 -6.7
Whiff% 20.6 23.2 2.6
In Zone % 46.6 45.3 -1.3
Out of Zone % 53.4 54.7 1.3
Out of Zone Swing % 33.7 22.7 -11.0
First Pitch Swing % 26.7 21.8 -4.9
First Pitch Strike % 58.4 42.9 -15.5
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 114 .389 54 1 1.9 60 19 31.7
2018 Shifts 25 .471 22 0 0.0 3 3 100.0
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2010 537 16.0 38.0% 1.1% 223 22.0 1.3% 4.5%
2011 5 15.5 40.0% 0.0% 3 19.2 0.0% 0.0%
2012 580 14.7 54.1% 0.7% 220 19.6 2.3% 0.9%
2013 914 15.2 46.8% 0.9% 408 21.0 2.2% 4.4%
2015 271 16.7 31.4% 3.7% 159 23.4 2.5% 17.0%
2016 131 17.3 22.9% 5.3% 114 23.8 6.1% 21.9%
2018 23 18.0 8.7% 0.0% 22 24.7 0.0% 9.1%
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Pitch Distribution