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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
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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

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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 MLB.com 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

Kevin Jepsen escaped ninth-inning trouble to pick up his first save of the season in Monday's win against the Red Sox.

Closer Huston Street had pitched on three consecutive days, so manager Mike Scioscia called on Jepsen to get the job done. He allowed lead-off singles, putting runners on first and third. Yoenis Cespedes knocked in a run with a ground out, the second out of the inning, and Jepsen was able to get Mike Napoli to fly out to end the game. Save opportunities should continue to be few and far between for Jepsen going forward.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 11:03:00 PM

Kevin Jepsen, the Angels' closer du jour, blew a one-run lead in the ninth Saturday by giving up a homer to Shin-Soo Choo.

Well, it certainly wasn't going to be Cam Bedrosian again, and manager Mike Scioscia seems to have zero confidence in Ernesto Frieri. The left Jepsen and Joe Smith for the save chance, and both had pitched two straight days going in. We imagine that Smith will get the next opportunity the Angels generate. Jepsen wasted his chance, so there's little reason to pick him up in fantasy leagues,
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 01:08:00 AM

Angels and RHP Kevin Jepsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4625 million contract.

The two sides settled at the midpoint of figures exchanged earlier this month. Jepsen put up a 4.50 ERA, 1.53 WHIP with a 36/14 K/BB ratio in 36 innings for the Halos last season.
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 02:27:00 PM

Kevin Jepsen requested $1.625 million and was offered $1.3 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The two sides are close enough that they should be able to find common ground someplace in the middle. The 29-year-old had a mildly disappointing season in 2013, posting a 4.50 ERA, 1.53 WHIP with a 36/14 K/BB ratio in 36 innings.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 08:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
2Shane Robinson
CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Torii Hunter
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Blaine Boyer
4Casey Fien
5Brian Duensing
6Neal Cotts
7Kyle Gibson
8Trevor May
9Ryan O'Rourke
10Ryan Pressly