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Kris Medlen | Starting Pitcher | #39

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Santa Ana (CA) JC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 10 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Kris Medlen was crushed for nine runs -- six earned -- over two-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Nationals.
Washington pounced for six runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the third, eventually winning 13-2 in the matinee at Kauffman Stadium. The ugly, ugly loss pushes Medlen's record to 1-3 and his ERA to 6.85. He simply needs to be better next week at Yankee Stadium. May 4 - 5:28 PM

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Kris Medlen lost despite holding the Mariners to one run and one hit in 5 1/3 innings on Friday.

The one hit was a Seth Smith homer, dooming Medlen to a loss in a 1-0 game. The right-hander also walked five batters, which shortened his night but didn't lead to any additional runs. He's still on shaky ground in the Royals' rotation, but tonight's performance should help his cause a bit. He's 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA.
Apr 30 - 1:09 AM

Kris Medlen allowed seven runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Saturday.

Medlen actually got through a fairly harmless first inning without incident, making the subsequent innings all the more surprising. He allowed runs in each of the next three, with two of the seven scoring after he'd been removed in the fourth. Medlen walked three while striking out two in the abbreviated start. It was his first clunker in three starts, raising his ERA to 6.00, and he'll look to get back on the horse Friday at the Mariners.
Apr 23 - 11:35 PM

Kris Medlen pitched well in a no-decision against the Athletics on Sunday, surrendering two runs (one earned) on two hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Medlen struck out four and walked for in the contest, reaching 86 pitches. He departed after allowing a one-out double to Chris Coghlan in the seventh inning which came around to score off reliever Kelvin Hererra. He's still getting stretched out after spending most of the 2015 season in the bullpen, but Medlen certainly looks as though he'll be a usable option in mixed leagues this year. His next challenge will be taking on the Orioles at home on Saturday.
Apr 17 - 6:47 PM

Kris Medlen pitched unevenly in Tuesday's win over the Astros, but ultimately held them to two runs on six hits over five innings.

Medlen struggled with his control and walked four on the evening. He also struck out seven. Both runs that scored on his watch came in the first inning, when Colby Rasmus cracked an RBI double and Tyler White subsequently singled to bring him to the plate. While the Royals are stacked with fantasy talent, the 30-year-old Medlen probably shouldn't be considered an option outside of AL-only formats. He'll next take to the road for a scheduled start against the A's.
Apr 13 - 12:08 AM

Kris Medlen didn't have his best stuff Monday, allowing four runs -- two earned -- over 4 1/3 frames against the Mariners.

The diminutive right-handed gave up eight hits and walked three in an ugly afternoon. Both Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano took Medlen deep. Medlen holds an unsightly 5.94 ERA during Cactus League play, although he has recorded 21 strikeouts across 21 frames.
Mar 28 - 7:51 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost announced Saturday that Kris Medlen has secured the fifth and final spot in the club's Opening Day rotation.

The Royals will roll out Edinson Volquez, Ian Kennedy, Yordano Ventura, Chris Young and Medlen, though Medlen may be skipped the first time through as a fifth starter won't be needed due to scheduled off days. Danny Duffy is the odd-man out and should work in a long relief role out of the bullpen until he's needed.
Mar 26 - 12:00 PM

Kris Medlen surrendered a whopping four home runs in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

Oh dear. Francisco Lindor was first up to burn Medlen, whacking a solo shot off the 30-year-old right-hander. Jason Kipnis promptly homered once Lindor had finished rounding the bases. The other two dingers both came off the bat of Tyler Naquin. Medlen will likely earn a spot in the Royals rotation for the coming season despite what's been a rough spring (6.57 ERA in four starts).
Mar 23 - 7:27 PM

Kris Medlen scattered three hits and one run over four innings Thursday in a win over the Dodgers.

It was Medlen’s longest outing of the spring. He let a run come across in the first inning after allowing a pair of two-out hits but settled down after that by retiring seven of the last eight hitters he faced. He recorded four strikeouts and didn’t allow a walk. Medlen split time between the bullpen and the rotation last year but it looks like he’ll open 2016 as a starter.
Mar 17 - 7:43 PM

Kris Medlen allowed three runs on six hits over three innings in Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks.

Medlen yielded a two-run home run to David Peralta in the first inning. He walked one and struck out two on the afternoon. Assuming he performs passably over the next few weeks, the 30-year-old should win a job in the Royals' starting rotation. He owns a 5.40 ERA thus far this spring.
Mar 12 - 5:57 PM

Kris Medlen struck out three across two perfect frames on Monday against the Cubs.

It was a split-squad lineup for the Cubs but one that still featured many regulars. Medlen is competing for a spot in the Royals' rotation this spring, but all signs point to him opening the season among the starting five. He could be a sneaky bounce-back candidate after missing most of the last two years following a second Tommy John surgery.
Mar 7 - 8:12 PM

Royals manager Yed Nost said Friday that Kris Medlen will be "a very solid guy in our rotation."

Yost also declared that Medlen is going to have a "fantastic year". With that type of support, it sounds like he's a strong favorite for a rotation spot alongside Edinson Volquez, Yordano Ventura, and Ian Kennedy. Chris Young and Danny Duffy are also in the mix for rotation spots. While Medlen is a big of a gamble health-wise, he's certainly worthy of mixed-league consideration if he's slated to take the ball every fifth day.
Feb 19 - 10:06 PM

Kris Medlen pitched six innings and allowed two runs -- one earned -- as the Royals beat the White Sox 6-4 on Thursday.

Medlen moved to 6-2 with a 4.01 ERA, strengthening his case for a spot in the postseason rotation. He'll probably be the Royals' fourth starter in the ALDS.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 12:23:00 AM

Kris Medlen was crushed by the Indians in Saturday's loss, allowing six runs on nine hits over just 3 2/3 innings.

Medlen struck out four and walked one on the afternoon, but it simply wasn't his day. He surrendered a pair of runs in the first inning on a two-run triple by Carlos Santana (of all people) and additional pairs in the third and fourth innings. For the season, he holds a 4.30 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across 14 appearances (seven starts). The 29-year-old right-hander will hit the dusty trail for his final start of the regular season when he takes on the White Sox next Thursday.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 10:26:00 PM

Kris Medlen allowed three unearned runs over five innings, earning the win on Sunday versus the Tigers.

All three runs scored in the third inning, helped by a Christian Colon fielding error. Medlen would then allow three run-scoring singles. Overall, the right-hander gave up five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. In six starts since moving into the rotation, he has a 3.93 ERA and an 18/9 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings. Medlen will take on the Indians at home next.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 04:35:00 PM

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2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Terrance Gore
RF1Jarrod Dyson
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DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Chris Young
5Kris Medlen
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Danny Duffy
6Chien-Ming Wang
7Tim Collins
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