Atlanta Braves Call Up Kris Medlen, Demote Reyes to Bullpen

Shermura AndersonContributor IMay 15, 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Pitcher Kris Medlen of the Atlanta Braves poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo Day on February 19, 2009 at Champions Stadium at Walt Disney World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves have reportedly called up top prospect Kris Medlen from Triple-A Gwinnett. Medlen is scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Medlen will be taking the place of Jo Jo Reyes in the rotation, and Reyes is being moved to the bullpen.

Well Braves fans, Medlen is no Tommy Hanson, but he ain't far from him, during the six starts he's made for Triple-A Gwinnett this year, Medlen is 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA and has limited his opponents to a .167 batting average.  

The 23-year-old right hander hasn't allowed a run in his past 19 2/3 innings—now that we must see.  

With these dominant stats, Medlen has provided himself with the opportunity to make his Major League debut before Tommy Hanson, who is without a doubt considered the game's top right-handed prospect.  

Hanson—in seven starts for Triple-A Gwinnett—has gone 1-3 with a 1.99 ERA, and should be pitching for the big club in about another month or so.

With this call up Atlanta, the Braves really prove that they want to win now, and with these young arms, the NL East just got a whole lot tougher.