12:14 pm May 15, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
May 15th, 20096:43 pm
They want to try Medlen in the Bigs. He’s been Dirt Nasty in AAA this year – better than Hanson. I’m looking forward to our new Maddux ( ok maybe I get a little ahead of myself ). It shall be interesting.
May 15th, 20096:45 pm
*Still waiting on the Medlen scouting report.*
May 15th, 20096:47 pm
May 15th, 20096:48 pm
Did anybody see that the Mets had 7 SBs against the Giants last night.
May 15th, 20096:49 pm
One prospect previously lost in the shuffle of top Atlanta Braves pitching prospects is Kris Medlen. Not anymore.
Medlen first caught my eye in 2007, when he was used out of the bullpen. Clean mechanics, solid fastball, plus curve, good control…an intelligent pitcher. However, reliever prospects don’t get much attention because of the sheer number of them, plus the fact that a team can always shift a starter prospect into the bullpen, which makes it even harder for a reliever prospect to standout.
So I was intrigued when the Braves went ahead with plans to make Medlen a starter, a move with a much worse rate of success compared to moving starters to the bullpen. Medlen ended up thriving…his numbers as a starter resembled what he put up in the bullpen. In fact, they were probably better.
Medlen has continued his success as a starter early on this season. His numbers have been spectacular thus far:
34.5 K%, 6.4 BB%, .266 BABIP, 0 HRs, 1.17 ERA
Medlen has a quality three-pitch mix — a better than average fastball, a plus curveball, and a solid-average change-up. The development of his change-up has been key to his success as a starter.
Medlen does a good job of mixing his pitches and keeping hitters guessing. He generates plenty of swings and misses with his curveball, which looks like a high fastball coming out of his hands. He manipulates the pitch, able to throw it for strikes or put in the dirt. He’s also able to add or subtract velocity to the pitch.
Medlen controls all his pitches well, but he often gets too much of the plate, making him somewhat hittable. While all his pitches will play at the big league level, he doesn’t have a dominance factor like many of the elite pitchers do. He’s not going to blow hitters away with his fastball. He has to use his intelligence to his advantage.
Medlen’s mechanics are a nice balance between power and safety. He keeps a short arm action, giving his pitches some deception. His tempo is fairly average, but he generates good separation between his torso and hips, which helps him produce solid velocity. He’s generally able to get over his front leg, but there are times when he ends up pitching uphill.
Medlen projects to be a potential No. 3 starter, but will more likely settle in as a strong No. 4. If starting doesn’t work out, there will always be a role out of the bullpen to fall back on.
Man not only is Conor Jackson on the DL he is struggling…I’ll admit I wanted him for Tex but Casey has been doing better. They moved him to LF though.
May 15th, 20096:50 pm
Darren Sutton is an announcer for the DBacks. Is he Don’s son? If so, the father-to-son broadcasting ability drop-off is Chip Carayesque
We better sweep the DBacks. I live in Arizona and see most of their games. They’re pathetic. They’ve gotten booed for the past 10 home games. The only good thing about them is Mark Grace.
May 15th, 20096:51 pm
No he’s not.
I saw Medlen pitch against Pittsburgh in spring training. Very excited to see him with the big club next week.
I enjoyed reading the Q&A with (Carroll, I’m guessing) in the paper today. Rarely do I see an actual paper, but was in a waiting area. Curiously enough, I did not see a writer’s name anywhere on the article. Is this part of the new AJC?
May 15th, 20096:53 pm
I know KJ doesnt have the arm strength of fransour but cant they at least experiement with him right field. It would fill a HUGE void in the 6th spot of the lineup.
May 15th, 20096:55 pm
I can’t wait for Tony Armas Jr. to pitch in Atlanta, too. I mean, with ERA’s since 03 of 4.88, 4.97, 5.03, 6.03 and 7.56, he would have been a fitting addition to last year’s rotation. By all means, let’s give him another chance. AFter all the Blog always runs out of players to b!tch about. We can always use more.
May 15th, 20096:57 pm
Wow, perfect timing for the Medlen interview Carrol!
I’m glad to see JoJo finally getting the boot from the rotation, so this great. This could be interesting to watch as it goes along because I don’t think too many of us were expecting Medlen to become a big option for the starting rotation. But he’s obviously been great in Gwinnett, enough to get the call before Hanson.
The big question is, where does the pitching staff go from here? When (and if) Glavine comes back I do not expect Bobby to keep him out of the rotation, which means Medlen will likely move to something else. If he’s not doing great, they would probably just move him to the pen (where I think his future probably is if he’s with the Braves) but if he keeps up the numbers or even anywhere close to what he’s been getting in AAA then the Braves might have to consider making another big move to keep him in. Kawakami would probably be first to go at this point if Medlen is good, but I don’t think that would be a great idea considering he’s not that bad and it might have negative future implications with signing japanese players in the future. I also expect that JoJo is going to be called down when Glavine comes back unless he gets very good in the pen.
At the start of the offseason, our rotation currently looks like Lowe, JJ, Vazquez, Hudson, Kawakami, Hanson, Medlen. Frank Wren better be having some fun when he thinks about that.
As for Armas Jr. being brought up to make Javy Vazquez happy. I heard they’re bringing back Brayan Pena cause Yunel’s lonely, too.
ZC Rider, Scott: Daron Sutton is Don’s son.
May 15th, 20097:00 pm
mbatl- You are correct. You cannot protect yourself from all “Super2″ potential scenarios without sacrificing potential wins. 2-3 wins could seperate you from the playoffs or not and I am happy that the Braves are being smart about this. And if they feel Medlin is more likely to win games than Morton, you have to go with him.
May 15th, 20097:03 pm
When are the Braves gonna pull the plug on the “new Frenchy” experiment? His OBP, his BIGGEST weakness, is currently EVEN LOWER than it was in 2006 and 2008!
This is about the time I believe Mondesi got it in 2005.
May 15th, 20097:04 pm
Rex, I agree, Morton has the confidence of a sodomized puppy.
May 15th, 20097:05 pm
Excited to see Medlen on Tuesday. I am dying to get back to Turner Field for a game. Haven’t gotten over there since Kawakami’s Turner Field debut.
On an unrelated note, anyone from Atlanta know anything about Mid-Town Tavern? Playing a show there next Saturday and just trying to get a feel for the place in advance.
May 15th, 20097:06 pm
Lew I heard they’re bringing back Brayan Pena cause Yunel’s lonely, too.
May 15th, 20097:07 pm
sodomized puppy – Frankie Knuckles
I take it you are a cat person.
May 15th, 20097:08 pm
Thanks “Or” and “Google” for that report.
I was kinda tied up at the moment.
Steve from OH
Gotta say, I’m pleasantly surprised to see Medlen come up. Looking forward to his debut on Tuesday. Still kinda wonder why it wasn’t Morton, but I do think Medlen is a better option, so why not go with him?
May 15th, 20097:09 pm
Wow. What power Carroll has..one little Q&A and Medlin gets the call. I’m sure Brian Barton can’t wait until his story comes out. Next time Carroll heads to Gwinnett for a Q&A I’m sure she’ll have a long line of players willing to participate!
May 15th, 20097:10 pm
ESPN article about PLAYING THIRD BASE
May 15th, 20097:12 pm
Cats suck and are dumb and useless.
May 15th, 20097:16 pm
Wow – tomorrow is a Derek Lowe start and there is rain forecast. Except for the start against the Mets and opening day, the rain has really been following him.
May 15th, 20097:19 pm
Yeah…I think it mainly haunts him against sub-.500 teams.
Wayne in Utah
May 15th, 20097:20 pm
Derek Lowe should be used to help the weatherman predict rain. Expanding that idea a bit forward, he could be traded to other teams in parts of the country that are in drought conditions.
May 15th, 20097:21 pm
Just read that article on 3rd base and can’t agree more. When I was in the minors I played catcher and also third and first base, and I have to say that having a catchers mentality when it comes to knocking down a ball comes in handy but does not always come in “healthy”,
There were at least 2 occasions where I knocked down a ball to the detriment of my body. LOL
“Hey Caveman — Great Play !!! …………. Yeah I think the trainer is down in the tunnel.”
You try to get the pain and swelling to subside before you have to bat so you wont have to come out of the game. But you never admit that it hurts … EVER. Even on the way to the hospital. LOLOL
Yeah Good Times,
May 15th, 20097:27 pm
And Believe me if they come out playing flat I will be the first to bash, especially Francoeur… (Tomahahlin)
Oh My, what a surprise.
ESPN had a top 10 game 7 winners and only had the Braves over the Pirates (Bream at home) at #9. Several hocky winners above that one…really? Lame.
May 15th, 20097:28 pm
Kris Medlen good choice……I don’t like that Jo-jo will stay on the big club because that means another player more deserving of the spot gets send down. My guess is James Parr gets send down.
May 15th, 20097:31 pm
Tarp on the field….oy.
jennifer in GA
May 15th, 20097:35 pm
so I know alot of people on this blog was wanting schafer in the lead off spot…. so i dare to ask who wants him in the leadoff spot now?!?!??!
ANyone have a radio link…I can’t remember the website….
my mistake. Darren is don’s son. And why is there a tarp? it looks sunny.
Heath, number 2 was game 7 of the 1991 series. Braves obviously did not win, but that was in there also.
May 15th, 20097:36 pm
I hope this game isnt delayed….
NM about that last post…I had it saved on another browser…lol
May 15th, 20097:37 pm
The rain is coming from like SE…odd
Rob from SC
I though Kawakami is going tomorrow
I try hard not to correct spelling on the blog, but the graphic at the bottom of Peachtree TV pointed out how long Hinch had been manger.
May 15th, 20097:38 pm
Not the slightest hint here (12 miles northwest) of rain anywhere within sight of my windows.
it rains EVERY fuc**** day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if the Braves don’t sweep the pitiful Diamondbacks, i think i’ll go CRAZZZZZZZZZZZZYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 15th, 20097:39 pm
Is it really raining at the park? Its beautiful up here in Kennesaw (about 30 minutes away)
May 15th, 20097:41 pm
Chipper being vocal in the dugout and leading the team out onto the field…. NICE…
May 15th, 20097:42 pm
brent a. my name was in the lead-in section of the Q and A, said Medlen spoke to me. (Actually wrote my own name in the third person. Lame!!)
medlen throws 91-93, occasionally touches 94. has what they say is a plus changeup and a plus curveball.
little late starting because they were poised to put the tarp on the field but the umps waved it off. should have ball here in a minute
May 15th, 20097:43 pm
I thought the same thing.
Chipper’s pre-game pep talk in dugout went… “alright guys, who stole my dip and if any of you screw up, i’ll bash you to O’Brien, and don’t think i won’t!”
May 15th, 20097:44 pm
Frank’s quote on Medlen over Hanson….after first saying that Medlen was the guy who was pitching best in AAA and that’s what they were going for.
“It’s also we’re looking at a time window,” Wren said referring to Glavine’s possible return in a couple of weeks. “That’s the other consideration. I think if we were looking at the long haul, and there was a situation for a starter to come up and be a starter for the rest of the season, it would probably be Tommy (Hanson).”
May 15th, 20097:45 pm
Get some bullpen action going – it’s clearly not Javy’s night.
…saw them putting the tarp on while watching on MLB TV on DirecTv. Glad to hear tarp is off and the game is under way.
May 15th, 20097:46 pm
Is anybody else listening on Gameday Audio and getting the Peachtree TV audio feed instead of WGST? Does anybody know why this is happening? It’s just very odd.
this isnt going so good
Not a good start…
May 15th, 20097:47 pm
No moves unless for farm talent. (RichBrave)
teams seldom make moves for farm talent at that time unless they are giving up and dumping high-priced veterans. Hopefully er won’t be in that spot. If they do make a move at that time it will be for a veteran to fill some need on the big club.
that’s two runs in four pitches from Vazquez.
May 15th, 20097:48 pm
Javy does not look good
May 15th, 20097:49 pm
For those of you clammoring for either Medlen or Hanson, understand that if Bobby makes a switch away from Reyes, it’s gonna be Charlie Morton, who is on the 40 man roster. (Medlen and Hanson are not; if you have to ask why that should matter at all, this blog is not for you and you need to take the MLB 202 course.)
maybe you should take MLB101 huh? Your logic wasn’t so right after all. Guess Bobby and Frank over-ruled you .
Vazquez really has some rough innings
Anyone know of a free audio feed.
May 15th, 20097:51 pm
well since every blogger and his brother bragged all day on how easy a sweep is gonna be, Karma took offense I see. Y’all never learn. Smack AFTER the game folks.
#1 METS TROLL (And Proud Of It)
May 15th, 20097:52 pm
2-0 Arizona…..that was quick
Time for the bats to come alive here at home…
May 15th, 20097:53 pm
Hearing some thunder here now.
May 15th, 20097:54 pm
bravos2249 – here’s the link for WFIS – http://www.broadcastradiostream.com/WFIS.asx
Nolie…..If you read the blog and never saw the braves play you’ve think they invented the game. Folks….There’s a reason Vasquez has bounced around from team to team. If he was a keeper someone would have kept him.
May 15th, 20097:55 pm
caught a break there…Omar’s liner off of the 1st basemens glove…
May 15th, 20097:56 pm
I don’t have much of a thyroid. Doug Davis had his removed and believe me, your thyroid and hormones ain’t nothin to mess with.
May 15th, 20098:02 pm
I promise at least one single every other game from me: slugging cleanup man Garret Anderson.
May 15th, 20098:04 pm
*sigh* another one of those nights, huh?
May 15th, 20098:07 pm
The Braves had a great road trip against some tough teams. Logically that mean they will come home and lose to last place teams.
I’ve told you all before. The braves get a hard on to play the Mets. After that series there’s an emotional let down……You’ll see
May 15th, 20098:08 pm
Wait a minute…that thing Infante got on base from was ruled a hit? Holy cow…
May 15th, 20098:12 pm
#1 METS TROLL (And Proud Of It)
One of the nicest 15 year old girls someone like you hopefully never meets, posted just after you did. Have some dignity.
May 15th, 20098:13 pm
PI Braves – Thanks for that link bro
Mets Troll, I guess we all Know what you are thinking abou !! Any bath house in NJ ?!! I think plenty !!!
May 15th, 20098:16 pm
Looks like we better hope CK saves the day again. None of these clowns ever look at the coach rounding second. whatever happened to that.
Watching all these highlights for the Blue Jays….that is gonna be a really touch series for the Braves. Those guys can flat out rake.
May 15th, 20098:17 pm
Good hit, Casey!
Did Doug Davis just “channel” Jeff Bennett on that shoddy play?
a botched throw from Davis to the 1st basemen results in the BRaves 1st run….what a messed up play…
May 15th, 20098:18 pm
Mets Troll, If no one has reminded you today – You’re a Tool.
since you clearly don’t watch the braves on a regular basis I will fill you in. That was Brian McCann on 2nd. Brian is a catcher. Brian is not fast. The ball was not hit that deep…no reason to run into an out.
Have to take advantage of the opponent’s miscue here.
Yeah we really gotta beat these D-Backs and Rockies before the Jays get here…their offense is unreal with Scutaro and Aaron Hill setting the tables!
That was an 85 mph fast ball right down the middle. If u cant hit that, u dont need to be in the Show.
May 15th, 20098:20 pm
I see u still cant fucin read yet always have something to say. If I dont address u, there is no need to speak to me.
It doesnt matter who it is ahole, u should still check the coach, since your back is turned to the play.
May 15th, 20098:21 pm
Ya gotta love Schafer’s speed!
Schafer brings home Francouer on a fielders choice…2-2
Wow. The kid made contact. Great Job son.
May 15th, 20098:22 pm
that’s some real wobbly defense by the DBacks. wobby at first on Omar Infante’s liner in the first, Justin Upton bobbled Francouer’s single then Davis’ wild throw on Kotchman’s dribbler…..They look like they’re playing nervous to me.
Sacrifice bunt from Javy…Schafer on 2nd for Omar Infante…
May 15th, 20098:23 pm
braveshater – please try to refrain from addressing people who disagree with you in such a profane way (especially the lovely ladies).
I dont respect anyone from anywhere that has an actor as a governor anyway.
Nice when the bottom of the order puts up runs. Javy given a fresh start basically.
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