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Kevin Jepsen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Kevin Jepsen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 14th save as the Twins defeated the Indians 4-2 on Monday.
Jepsen got Carlos Santana to pop out, Lonnie Chisenhall to foul out, and Yan Gomes to weakly fly out to end the game. Since joining the Twins, Jepsen is 9-for-10 in save chances with a 1.73 ERA and a 23/7 K/BB ratio in 26 innings. He has done a great job filling in for closer Glen Perkins. Sep 28 - 10:28 PM

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Kevin Jepsen pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Indians on Tuesday to earn his 13th save.

Jepsen, still filling in at closer while Glen Perkins rounds into form, allowed a two-out double but slammed the door with the tying run at the plate. The right-hander struck out two in the frame. Jepsen has been a more-than-capable fill-in for the oft-injured Perkins, as he owns a 2.47 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 56/27 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings on the year.
Sep 22 - 11:06 PM

Kevin Jepsen took a blown save after giving up two runs and four hits in the ninth Wednesday against the Tigers.

He escaped without a loss only because the Twins came back and tied it in the bottom of the ninth. It's just Jepsen's second miscue since arriving from the Rays in a trade. Five of his six losses and four of his five blown saves came prior to the deal.
Sep 17 - 1:47 AM

Kevin Jepsen picked up his 10th save with Glen Perkins unavailable Wednesday.

Jepsen pitched a perfect inning in a 2-0 game for his fifth save in five attempts since joining the Twins. He's been nearly flawless, allowing just two runs in 15 2/3 innings for his new team.
Sep 2 - 11:25 PM

Kevin Jepsen got the call in the ninth Wednesday and picked up his eighth save with a perfect inning against the Rays.

Glen Perkins was expected to return to the closer's role this week, but he had back spasms and was unavailable tonight. Jepsen has three save since joining the Twins at the trade deadline and eight overall this season. With Perkins looking pretty fragile at the moment, Jepsen is probably worth owning in most formats.
Aug 26 - 10:57 PM

Kevin Jepsen struck out the side in the ninth inning against the Orioles on Friday for his sixth save of the season.

It was an impressive frame against the middle of Baltimore's lineup, as he struck out Adam Jones, Chris Davis, and Matt Wieters swinging. Glen Perkins (neck) expects to be ready to resume closing duties by early next week, but Jepsen will fill in for now.
Aug 21 - 10:37 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Wednesday that he expects to use Kevin Jepsen at closer while Glen Perkins (neck) is sidelined.

He's the obvious choice. Jepsen has 10 career saves -- including five this season -- and has posted a 2.74 ERA with 40 strikeouts over 49 1/3 innings in 2015. It's not clear at this point how long Perkins, who is back in Minneapolis to undergo an MRI on his neck, will be sidelined, but fantasy owners in need of saves should scoop him up.
Aug 19 - 11:25 AM

Twins acquired RHP Kevin Jepsen from the Rays for RHP Chih-Wei Hu and RHP Alexis Tapia.

Jepsen has pretty much the same ERA this year as last (2.81 vs. 2.63), but it's come with weaker peripherals. Last year for the Angels, he had a 75/23 K/BB ratio in 65 innings. This year, he has a 34/20 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. The Twins will try him in a setup role and hope for the best, but it'd be no surprise to see him start to fade.
Jul 31 - 2:37 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins have acquired Kevin Jepsen from the Rays.

The Twins have been seeking bullpen help and appear to have landed their man. Jepsen has had a nice year in Tampa, putting up a 2.81 ERA while striking out 34 across 41 2/3 innings. Minnesota has had trouble bridging the gap from their starters to closer Glen Perkins and Jepsen should help out in that regard.
Jul 31 - 1:54 PM

Brought in with a 2-1 lead in the seventh, Kevin Jepsen gave up three runs in one-third of an inning Thursday against the Angels.

Jepsen allowed a walk and two singles to the four batters he faced. At that point, manager Kevin Cash went to Brad Boxberger, who got an out on a fielder choice's before giving up a double to Mike Trout. That was quickly it for Boxberger. Preston Guilmet came in then and got Albert Pujols to end the inning. The mix for saves in Tampa Bay seems more up in the air than ever right now, so don't go dropping Jake McGee just yet.
Jun 11 - 10:46 PM

Kevin Jepsen worked around a leadoff triple for a save in a 1-0 game against the Mariners on Friday.

After giving up the triple to Austin Jackson, Jepsen struck out Brad Miller, got Mike Zunino to foul out and then recorded a flyout from Dustin Ackley to end it. With Brad Boxberger's velocity down, the Rays apparently are going to have to go to that closer-by-committee situation they talked about using in the first place. Jepsen still projects as the team's third best reliever at best, but more saves are a possibility.
Jun 6 - 1:18 AM

Kevin Jepsen threw a scoreless ninth inning for the save on Tuesday as the Rays topped the Blue Jays 3-2.

Closer Brad Boxberger was given the night off. Jepsen performed admirably, getting Kevin Pillar to ground out, Devon Travis to fly out, and Jose Reyes to ground out to end the game. Saves will be few and far between for Jepsen going forward, barring injuries.
Apr 14 - 10:34 PM

Rays and RHP Kevin Jepsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.025 million contract.

Jepsen was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. He'll work in a middle relief role for the Rays in 2015 after coming over from the Angels in a trade last month.
Jan 16 - 12:48 PM

Rays acquired RHP Kevin Jepsen from the Angels for OF/DH Matt Joyce.

Jepsen is coming off a career-best season where he posted a 2.63 ERA and 75/23 K/BB ratio in 65 innings across 74 appearances. MLB Trade Rumors projects that he'll make around $2.6 million in 2015, his final year of arbitration eligibility. The 30-year-old should be a useful addition for the back-end of the bullpen for Tampa Bay.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 02:38:00 PM

Alden Gonzalez of writes that reliever Kevin Jepsen is "in play" in potential trades.

The Angels are searching for a middle infielder at the moment, so one wonders if Jepsen will be dealt as part of the return. The 30-year-old is out of options going into 2015.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 03:03:00 PM

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