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Kevin Jepsen | Relief Pitcher | #40

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 2 (0) / LAA
Contract: view contract details
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Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are interested in Kevin Jepsen.
Jepsen is coming off an awful 2016 that saw him put up a 5.98 ERA with just 35 strikeouts over 49 2/3 innings. He's a decent bet to bounce back, though, and shouldn't cost much. Nov 18 - 2:00 PM

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Rays signed RHP Kevin Jepsen to a one-year contract.

Jepsen will make a pro-rated portion of the major league minimum, with the Twins covering what remained of his $5.3 million salary for 2016. Jepsen began the 2015 season with the Rays before getting traded to the Twins in July for right-handers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia. He was run out of Minnesota this year after posting a 6.16 ERA in 33 appearances. Look for the 31-year-old right-hander to pitch in low-leverage situations initially, but there is definitely room for upward movement in that Tampa Bay bullpen.
Jul 14 - 3:30 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays have been in talks with free agent Kevin Jepsen.

Topkin adds that those talks "may lead to a deal soon." Jepsen was released by the Twins earlier this month after posting a 6.16 ERA in 33 appearances this season. He opened 2015 with the Rays -- the best year of his career -- and a return to Tampa Bay might help him get on track again. Minnesota is on the hook for what remains of his $5.3 million salary for 2016, minus the pro-rated major league minimum.
Jul 14 - 3:23 PM

Twins released RHP Kevin Jepsen.

Minnesota pushed Jepsen off the 40-man roster on July 3 and he passed through waivers unclaimed. The 31-year-old right-hander was drawing regular save opportunities with the Twins in April and May, but he'll head to the open market having registered a 6.16 ERA across 33 total relief appearances in 2016.
Jul 11 - 3:47 PM

Twins designated RHP Kevin Jepsen for assignment.

Jepsen was the Twins' closer less than a month ago, but he's had a truly awful season with a 6.16 ERA and just 22 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings. He'll eventually clear waivers and be released, at which point some team will be willing to take a shot on him at the veteran minimum.
Jul 3 - 12:15 PM

Kevin Jepsen gave up three runs while getting just two outs Thursday against the Phillies.

Jepsen isn't making any progress in getting the closer gig back in Minnesota. Even with Glen Perkins out for the year, there wouldn't seem to be any reason to hold on to Jepsen in fantasy leagues.
Jun 23 - 4:52 PM

Kevin Jepsen is no longer in line to pick up save opportunities.

Twins manager Paul Molitor said late Wednesday that he will be rolling with Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad in the ninth inning moving forward. Kintzler earned his first career save on Wednesday night against the Marlins, striking out Giancarlo Stanton to end the game. Jepsen has posted a tough 6.17 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, and 16/8 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings this season. He took the demotion like a champ, telling Molitor, "I’ll be ready to pitch."
Jun 8 - 11:47 PM

Kevin Jepsen pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Rays on Thursday to earn his seventh save of the season.

Jepsen gave up a harmless single but nothing more. The solid outing came after Jepsen had allowed two runs in an inning of work his last time out, and the right-hander has given up runs in six of his last 11 appearances. Still, he obviously has the faith of his manager, and that's worth a lot in our game. Jepsen should continue to be owned in the majority of fantasy leagues until he's taken out of the role.
Jun 3 - 1:33 AM

Kevin Jepsen allowed two runs but was able to earn his sixth save Sunday against the Mariners.

Nelson Cruz hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning with the host Mariners trailing 5-2, but that quickly got erased when Kyle Seager grounded into a double play. Adam Lind followed with a two-out single and then Franklin Gutierrez socked a two-out, two-run homer to deep center. Jepsen was left in to face pinch-hitter Dae Ho Lee and struck him out on three pitches to end the growing threat. He has an unsightly 5.91 ERA for the year, but Jepsen's job seems safe for now.
May 29 - 7:17 PM

Kevin Jepsen earned his fourth save of the season Wednesday in the Twins' 7-5 win over the Royals.

Jepsen worked around a Jarrod Dyson one-out double to preserve the Twins' two-run lead. It was only the 12th win of the season for Minnesota. Jepsen is operating as the club's fill-in closer with Glen Perkins (shoulder) sidelined indefinitely, but there haven't been many opportunities for saves.
May 25 - 4:44 PM

Kevin Jepsen allowed a run in a non-save situation Saturday against the Indians.

Jepsen served up an inconsequential solo home run to Yan Gomes in the ninth inning of a Twins win. That's not the problem, it's the fact that he's now allowed runs in three straight appearances while also blowing his last two save chances. Despite that, Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team isn't thinking about making a switch while Glen Perkins remains out. If his struggles continue, though, the manager's mind could change in a hurry.
May 14 - 8:07 PM

Kevin Jepsen took a loss Tuesday as the Twins fell to the Brewers.

Jepsen was called on in the top of the ninth inning after the Twins tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth. Brewers infielder Yadiel Rivera hit a one-out double off the wall and advanced to third base when Byron Buxton couldn't corral the ball. Scooter Gennett then hit an RBI single to left as Milwaukee recaptured the lead. Jepsen is filling in as the Twins' primary closer with Glen Perkins sidelined by shoulder trouble. He should still have a hold on that job, but the right-hander hasn't been particularly good this season.
Apr 19 - 5:10 PM

Kevin Jepsen is likely unavailable Monday.

Jepsen has worked three straight days, so Twins manager Paul Molitor would likely to give him a breather. He didn't specify who would fill in if a save opportunity arises, but Trevor May and Ryan Pressly are logical candidates.
Apr 18 - 5:40 PM

Kevin Jepsen tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Angels for his first save of the season.

Asked to hold a one-run lead, Jepsen walked Carlos Perez to begin the top of the ninth inning, but he retired the next three batters he faced, including a swinging-strikeout of Daniel Nava to end it. The Twins are hoping that Glen Perkins (shoulder) will be able to return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible on April 26, but Jepsen figures to hold down the closer role for now. He needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.
Apr 16 - 12:36 AM

Kevin Jepsen is likely to fill in at closer for the Twins while Glen Perkins (shoulder) is sidelined.

Perkins was placed on the disabled list Wednesday morning with a left shoulder strain and could be out for a significant period of time. Jepsen has struggled out of the gate this season, but he registered a cool 2.33 ERA and 59/27 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings last year between Tampa Bay and Minnesota. Trevor May could also factor into the mix for saves at some point if Perkins is unable to make it back quickly.
Apr 13 - 11:20 AM

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CF1Kevin Kiermaier
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