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Kristopher Allen Medlen
- Bats Both , Throws Right
- Height 5' 10" , Weight 175 lb.
- School Santa Ana College
- High School Richard Gahr High School
- Debut May 21, 2009
 Biographical Information
Kris pitched his first major league complete game and shutout on August 16, 2012, when he defeated the San Diego Padres, 6-0, benefiting from two homers by Chipper Jones. The win marked his 15th consecutive start in which the Braves had emerged on top, dating back to May 29, 2010, matching a franchise record set by John Smoltz during his Cy Young Award-winning season in 1996. Obviously, Medlen had not been a regular member of the starting rotation during the entire period, as his only two major league pitching appearances of 2011 had come in relief, while he was only making his 4th start of the year, having moved from the bullpen on July 31st. He went on to win National League Pitcher of the Month honors for August, after going 4-0, 0.50 in 5 starts. He also recorded a streak of 28 1/3 scoreless innings during the period. He ran his winning streak to 21 starts, and his unbeaten streak to 26, with a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins on September 19th, improving his record to 9-1. It was the longest streak of winning starts since the New York Yankees had come out with the upper hand during 22 of Whitey Ford's starts from 1950 to 1953, a streak interrupted by Ford's military service at the time of the Korean War. Medlen tied Ford's record on September 24th, when Freddie Freeman hit a two-run walk-off home run against Mike Dunn of the Miami Marlins to turn a potential 4-3 loss into a 5-4 win, incidentally clinching a postseason slot for the Braves. The record of 22 winning starts had only been accomplished by one other pitcher besides Ford and Medlen, Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell with the New York Giants in 1936 and 1937. When he won his start on September 30th, 6-2 over the New York Mets, he became the sole holder of the record. He was named the NL's Pitcher of the Month again in September, having gone 4-0 with 46 strikeouts and a 1.26 ERA. His fairy-tale season ended on a bad note, however, as he started and lost the National League Wild Card Game against the St. Louis Cardinals, although the loss in a postseason game did not affect his streak of winning starts in the regular season.
Medlen was one of the starting pitchers named to Team USA for the 2013 World Baseball Classic in mid-January 2013, but a week later, he asked that his name be removed from the roster as he and his wife were expecting their first child at the time of the tournament.
 Notable Achievements
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2013)