Sometimes a player grabs my attention and keeps it – for better or worse. Kris Medlen, right handed pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, is one of those guys.
Medlen has had a great minor league career – dominating with low ERAs and more then a K per inning. Since moving to the majors, he’s been pretty good there too. However, with the seemingly non-stop string of stud pitchers in the Braves organization, Medlen always seemed to be an afterthought. Atlanta likes him as a reliever and only gives him a chance to start when there is an injury. Not quite fair.
Well, now that the Braves needed another pitcher – Jair Jurjens has been awful – Medlen has received yet another chance. He’s still being stretched out, but so far so good. He has had two starts for the Braves since becoming a starter again, and he’s doing everything right. He’s gone 5 innings in both starts, gave up only one run in each start and has 9 Ks vs. 3 BB.
Medlen has always been able to get Ks, and always seemed to keep his ERA under control. Perhaps the Braves will finally see this and keep him in their rotation.
For fantasy, Medlen can be considered in both deep and medium leagues. He’s not far away from being ownable in all formats, he just needs to be able to go deeper into games. Once that happens, he can get wins, Ks, low WHIP, and low ERA.