Kenyan Middleton

Position: RHP
Born: 09/12/93
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the third round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAA).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
0-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 10 games at Salt Lake (Triple-A), striking out eight while walking four and allowing 11 hits in 12 2/3 innings, allowing batters a .234 batting average against.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Salt Lake May 5 when RHP Daniel Wright was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 05/05/17

Debut Details
May 5, in a 10-inning 7-6 loss to the Astros. The fourth of five pitchers, he allowed one run on two hits in one inning, striking out one. Coming on in relief of right-handed reliever David Hernandez to start the ninth inning, he gave up a double to right field to Carlos Beltran on his first pitch before retiring Yulieski Gurriel on a groundout to second base which advanced Beltran to third. Brian McCann then singled to left field to score Beltran before Marin Gonzalez flew out to left field and Jake Marisnick struck out swinging on three pitches to end the inning.

Player Notes
Middleton, drafted out of Lane (Oregon) Community College in 2013, was the Angels' first "debutante" this season. A basketball player first when he was younger, it took him a little time to put it all together when he focused on the diamond, and a shift from starting to relief absolutely turned things around. In the back end of the bullpen, his blazing fastball that hits triple digits, paired with a double-plus slider, are a pair of dangerous weapons. He's improved his control as well. Though his career ERA is a 5.27, his time as a reliever has been successful. In 2016, he zoomed through Inland Empire (High A), Arkansas (Double-A) and Salt Lake with a 3.41 ERA in 46 games, going 8-for-8 in save opportunities and limiting opposing hitters to a .196 batting average against, as he fanned 88 and walked 28 over 66 innings.

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