Keynan Middleton

Keynan Middleton

30-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
15-Day IL
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 5/25/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Middleton was a quality middle reliever for the Yankees and White Sox last season, maintaining a 3.38 ERA and 1.24 WHIP across 50.2 innings -- his heaviest workload in the majors since 2017. He's unlikely to factor into the saves picture after signing with the Cardinals, but he should bolster the middle of the bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Cardinals in February of 2024. Contract includes $6 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2025.
Might be back this weekend
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
May 20, 2024
Middleton (forearm) will be evaluated for potential activation from the 15-day injured list following back-to-back rehab appearances with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and Thursday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
ANALYSIS
Middleton hasn't allowed a hit or a run in two scoreless rehab innings so far, although he's also walked three and has not recorded a strikeout. He's been out all season with a right forearm strain.
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-1%
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-7%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .224 102 27 4 22 2 0 4
Since 2022vs Right .222 179 52 22 34 6 0 9
2024vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left .205 87 25 4 17 1 0 4
2023vs Right .221 125 39 19 23 3 0 4
2022vs Left .333 15 2 0 5 1 0 0
2022vs Right .224 54 13 3 11 3 0 5
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-21%
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-25%
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-5%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 4.29 1.21 35.2 2 2 2 11.1 3.0 2.0
Since 2022Away 3.38 1.22 32.0 1 2 0 9.8 3.9 1.4
2024Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Home 3.86 1.25 25.2 2 1 2 11.9 3.9 2.1
2023Away 2.88 1.24 25.0 0 1 0 10.8 4.3 0.7
2022Home 5.40 1.10 10.0 0 1 0 9.0 0.9 1.8
2022Away 5.14 1.14 7.0 1 1 0 6.4 2.6 3.9
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Yankees discussing reunion
PFree Agent
January 26, 2024
The Yankees have had talks with Middleton's representation about a reunion, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Middleton would presumably be on the cheaper end of the multitude of relievers the Yankees are keeping tabs on. The 30-year-old had a nice 2023 campaign between the White Sox and Yanks, holding a 3.38 ERA and 64:23 K:BB across 50.2 innings.
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The surface stats don't reflect it, but Middleton took a major step forward being another year removed from 2018 Tommy John surgery. After experiencing a drop in velocity last season, Middleton's fastball returned to its previous level, averaging 97.1 mph. The normal pattern is for velocity to come back first, then control. Hopefully, with a semblance of a normal offseason, Middleton can regain pre-injury form when he had the makings of a high-leverage reliever. Even before the procedure, walks were Middleton's chief issue, though he was on the verge of cleaning that up before going under the knife. The Angels brought in Raisel Iglesias to shore up the ninth inning, so it's best to take a wait-and-see approach with Middleton. If his velocity and control look good in the spring, he should secure a key setup role.
Tommy John surgery has a fairly high success rate, but it's not 100%, and in the case of Middleton, the jury is still out as to whether he will make a complete recovery. Middleton did make it back to the majors last August, roughly 15 months after he went under the knife. However, his velocity was way down. His fastball clocked in at 94.1 mph on average, down two ticks, while his slider and changeup were down 3-4 mph. It was a small sample, but Middleton was far less effective. He struck batters out at an 18.2% clip, down more than seven percentage points from his debut in 2017, and his swinging-strike and O-Swing rates were 7.7% and 21.8%, respectively (MLB averages are around 9.5% and 30%). It certainly doesn't mean he should be written off, but Middleton is an unknown right now. Hansel Robles put his stamp on the closer job and Middleton is not high on the list of speculative stashes.
After an up-and-down rookie year in 2017, Middleton quickly emerged as one of the Angels’ top relievers in his sophomore season, taking over as the team’s closer in early April. The young right-hander converted six of his seven save chances before suffering a torn UCL in May that ended his season and forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery. Middleton posted a shiny 2.04 ERA prior to suffering the injury, though indicators -- mainly a dip in his K/BB from 3.5 K/BB in 2017 to 1.8 K/BB in 2018 and an unusually high strand rate (88.5%) -- suggest there could have been some luck at play (3.78 FIP). He did lower his home-run rate significantly from 2017. Middleton is set to miss a good chunk, if not all, of the 2019 season while recovering.
Don't chase wins, especially not relief-pitcher wins. Middleton racked up six wins while working out of the Angels' bullpen last season and even earned three saves as manager Mike Scioscia took a closer-by-committee approach for a while as the back end sorted itself out. He also had decent ratios to boot, but a 1.7 HR/9 and 84.7 percent left-on-base rate point to regression ahead. Plus, with Jim Johnson coming aboard via an offseason trade, there will be more competition for high-leverage work; a repeat of his six-win season would have been considered highly unlikely anyway. Middleton misses bats at a high rate, as evidenced by his 25.6 strikeout percentage and 16.6 percent swinging-strike rate, but his 2.8 BB/9 will be difficult to sustain with a 57.3 percent first-pitch strike rate. There are better options if you're looking to fill a mixed-league pitching staff with skilled middle relievers over fourth and fifth starters.
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Starting rehab assignment
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
May 14, 2024
Middleton (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Tuesday, Daniel Guerrero of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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On verge of rehab assignment
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
May 10, 2024
Middleton (forearm) threw off the mound again Friday and is set for a rehab assignment next week, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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Progressing toward rehab assignment
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
May 4, 2024
Middleton (forearm) threw a bullpen session Saturday and is expected to throw two more next week before heading to Double-A Springfield for a rehab assignment, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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Set for bullpen session
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
May 3, 2024
Middleton (forearm) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Nearing mound work
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
April 29, 2024
Middleton (forearm) could throw a bullpen session later this week, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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