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Kevin Jepsen | Relief Pitcher | #49

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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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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

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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

Twins and RHP Kevin Jepsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.3125 million contract.

They wound up settling a bit below the $5.4 million that Jepsen requested via arbitration last week. The setup man posted a 2.33 ERA and 59/27 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 relief innings between the Rays and Twins last season.
Jan 22 - 3:24 PM

Kevin Jepsen requested $5.4 million and was offered $5.05 million by the Twins when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

Either way, the 31-year-old hurler will earn a nice raise in his final year of arbitration after taking home $3.025 million in 2015.
Jan 15 - 6:14 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 10:28:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 11:06:00 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.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 01:47:00 AM

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Relief Pitcher
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4Kevin Jepsen
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6Ryan Pressly
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