Full name is Kristopher Allen Medlen…resides in Evans, Ga., with his wife, Nicole, and their children: Max and Penelope...Attended Santa Ana (Calif.) Junior College…selected All-Orange Empire Conference as an infielder in 2006, hitting .332 with 10 homers and 42 RBI…also served as the team's closer, posting 16 saves and a 2.23 ERA in 44.1 innings...Graduated from Gahr High School in Cerritos, Calif., in 2003...Participated in Royals FanFest in 2015.
Combined to go 5-8 with a 4.95 ERA between Triple-A Gwinnett, Double-A Mississippi and Single-A Adv. Florida in the Braves organization...In 16 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett, was 3-7 with a 5.80 ERA...on the 10-day disabled list from April 10-May 20 with right shoulder tendinitis.
Kris returned to a big-league mound for the first time since the 2013 season, coming back from a second 'Tommy John' operation...Joined the Royals after the All-Star break, making 15 appearances and eight starts in the second half…posted a 6-2 record with a 4.01 ERA and .252 opponents' average...Made his first appearance with the Royals on July 20, tossing 3.1 innings of relief vs. Pittsburgh…it marked his first outing since September 27, 2013, a 1-0 win over the Phillies as a member of Atlanta...Posted a 1-0 record and a 2.51 ERA (4 ER in 14.1 IP) as a reliever, while he was 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA as a starting pitcher...Phenomenal on the road, posting a 5-0 record and a 1.20 ERA (4 ER in 30.0 IP) away from Kauffman Stadium… held the opposition to a .214 batting average on the road, which ranked eighth in the A.L. during the second half...Went 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in six appearances (two starts) during the month of August…however, he was 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in September...Recorded a 2-0 record and a 3.52 ERA (6 ER in 15.1 IP) in two starts and four appearances against A.L. East foes...Earned his first victory as a Royal on August 18 at Cincinnati, tossing a scoreless 12th inning before the Royals scored the winning run in the 13th in a 3-1 win...Made his first start on August 24, tossing 6.0 innings vs. the Orioles in a 6-3 win...Tossed 6.1 scoreless frames in a 2-0 win at Cleveland on September 15…he allowed just five hits and one walk… however, he did not record a strikeout, marking his first outing of 6.0 innings or more without recording a K...Made two appearances during the postseason, allowing two runs on three hits with a walk and eight strikeouts...Tossed 5.0 innings out of the bullpen in Game #3 of the ALCS at Rogers Centre, which was the longest relief outing by a Royals pitcher in a postseason game since Charlie Leibrandt worked 5.1 innings in Game #7 of the 1985 ALCS in Toronto...Made first World Series appearance in Game #3, recording a flawless eighth inning in the Mets' lone victory.
Kris signed a two-year free-agent contract on December 18, with a mutual option for the 2017 campaign...Missed the entire season after suffering an elbow injury during Spring Training...He had season-ending "Tommy John" surgery on March 19, the second of his career.
Was named National League Pitcher of the Month for September. Went 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA and .197 opponents average in five September starts. Finished the season with a five game winning streak (dating to 8/29) while posting an 0.84 ERA (4 ER/43.0 IP) with a .203 opponents average. Went 9-6 with a 2.26 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) at home, compared to 6-6 with a 4.04 ERA in 15 games (all starts) on the road. Each of his last nine starts were "quality" starts (dating to 8/7). Finished the season with a five game winning streak (six starts, dating to 8/29) and an 0.84 ERA (4 ER/43.0 IP) in that span while striking out 39 and walking just eight. Made his second career postseason start in Game 1 of the 2013 NLDS on 10/3 and began the game with three strikeouts (four overall) but went on to allow five runs (all earned) over 4.0+ innings while giving up nine hits and walking four. The Braves fell 6-1 to the Dodgers.
Moved to the starting rotation on 7/31/12 and went 9-0 with an 0.97 ERA in 12 starts. Started the Wild Card game against St. Louis and suffered the loss, going 6.2 innings, allowing three hits,five runs (two earned) and no walks while striking out four. The Braves won Medlen's last 23 regular-season starts, the longest such streak in MLB history. It was the longest since the Yankees won 22 straight started by Whitey Ford over the 1950 and 1953 seasons. During the regular season, the Braves own a team record of 26-4 in Medlen's starts, including 12-0 in 2012. Allowed only six home runs in 138.0 IP, for a ratio of 0.39 HRs per 9 IP. His HR/9 IP ratio led the majors among pitchers with at least 100 IP. Was named NL Pitcher of the Month for both August and September. August marked the first career monthly award as he posted a 4-0 record and a MLB-best 0.50 ERA (2 ER in 35.2 IP). He fanned 35 while walking just four and held opposing hitters to a .213 batting average. In September, he went 4-0 and ranked first in the Majors with 46 strikeouts, third in the NL with 43.0 IP and third in wins. He held opponents to a .169 average and the team went 6-0 in his starts. Was the starting pitcher for 9/25's win over Miami that clinched a Braves' postseason berth. He did not earn a decision but tossed 7.0 "quality" innings while fanning eight. Went 8-0 with a 0.76 ERA through his first 10 starts of the season and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, became only the second pitcher in franchise history to post an ERA under 1.00 and win at least eight games in a 10-start span. Warren Spahn went 10-0 with a 0.99 ERA in a 10-start span from 7/30-9/10/61. His 13-strikeout game on 9/14, coupled with a 12-strikeout effort against COL on 9/3, made him the first Braves pitcher since 1900 to have a pair of games with 12-or-more strikeouts in the same month. Owned a 0.83 ERA through his first five starts of the season, ranking second in Atlanta history (since 1966) in his first five starts (Buzz Capra, 0.60 ERA through his first five starts in 1974). Tossed his first career complete-game (9.0 IP), with a shutout on 8/16 vs. SD. Posted a 1-1 record with a 2.48 ERA in 38 games out of the bullpen. Was optioned to Gwinnett (AAA) on 5/29 in order to be stretched out to a starting pitcher. Re-joined the Major League team on 6/15 after making three starts with GWI (0-2, 4.72 ERA, 13.1 IP, 12 K). Earned his first career save on 4/27 vs. PIT by tossing 3.0 scoreless IP in the 6-1 win.
Spent majority of the season on the disabled list recovering from "Tommy John" surgery (8/18/10)...Reinstated from the disabled list on 9/24 and made two Major League appearances in late September.
Made 14 appearances as a starter (5-0, 3.86 ERA) and 17 as a reliever (1-2, 3.04 ERA). His first 12appearances came out of the bullpen before entering the starting rotation on 5/8...Notched a career-high six-game winning streak from 5/5-7/7, spanning 13 appearances (11 starts)...Served up two homers in back-to-back starts for the first time in his career 7/7 at PHI and 7/24 at FLA...Placed on the 15-day disabled list on 8/5 after suffering a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament on 8/4 vs.NYM; transferred to the 60-day DL on 9/1...Underwent successful "Tommy John" surgery by Dr. James Andrews on 8/18 in Birmingham, Al
Finished his rookie season with a 3-5 record and a 4.26 ERA in 37 games (four starts)...After the All-Star break: 1-2, 2.80 ERA in 26 relief apps. (35.1 IP, 11 ER, 10 BB, 39 K, .246 opp. BA)...As a reliever he went 2-3, 3.54 ERA in 33 games, with 53 strikeouts and 19 walks...Had his contract purchased on 5/21 from Gwinnett (AAA), where he was 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA in eightappearances (six starts). As a starter, was 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA and his last three starts were scoreless...Suffered a 9-0 loss in his Major League debut on 5/21 vs. COL...Earned his first career hold on 9/1 (1.0 IP, 2 K) and has suffered his first two blown saves on 9/2 and 9/3. Held Triple-A opponents to a .157 average.
Spent the season with Mississippi (AA) and started the year as a reliever, moved to the rotation forthe rest of the season on 6/5...Ranked by Baseball America as the Braves ninth-best prospect and byESPN.com as the club's 10th-best...Tied for 5th in the Southern League with a 3.52 ERA and tied for fourthin the league with 120 Ks...Was the SL Pitcher of the Week for the week ending 7/13 (2 GS, 1-0, 2.08 ERA,13.0 IP, 3 R, 2 BB, 16 K)...Was the best-hitting M-Braves pitcher batting .308 (8-for-26) with 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR,5 RBI, 6 R...Went 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA (21.0 IP/5 ER) in 12 games (1 GS) with Mesa of the Arizona FallLeague...Recorded his only save of the season on 5/16 vs. CHA with three scoreless innings in a 12-1win...Made first career start on 6/5 at MOB (3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and hit first career home run...Fanned a regularseasonhigh of 10 batters on two occasions (7/7 vs. CHA and 8/22 at CAR).
Went 6-for-6 in save opp. with a 0.00 ERA in June to be named Rome's Pitcher of theMonth...Selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star team...Posted a 1.88 ERA (14.1 IP/3 ER) with 27 strikeoutsin 11 apps for the Honolulu Sharks of the Hawaiian Winter League.
Named by Baseball America as 28th-best Braves prospect...Named as the Danville (R) Pitcher of theMonth for August (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SV, 20 K)...Led team with 10 saves (T3rd Appy Lg).