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Kevin Jepsen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Dec 16 - 2:38 PM

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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.
Dec 10 - 3:03 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.
Aug 18 - 11:03 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,
Jun 22 - 1:08 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.
Jan 31 - 2:27 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.
Jan 17 - 8:26 PM

The Angels will tender a contract to Kevin Jepsen.

Jepsen finished 2013 with an underwhelming 4.50 ERA in 36 innings, but he's only in his first year of arbitration-eligibility and shouldn't cost the Angels much.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 03:54:00 PM

Angels activated RHP Kevin Jepsen from the 60-day disabled list.

Jepsen missed the final five weeks of the season after having an appendectomy. He'll obviously be fine for spring training.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 07:12:00 PM

Kevin Jepsen is not expected to return this season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Saturday.

Jepsen is expected to need 4-6 weeks of recovery time. He'll finish the season with a disappointing 4.50 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 36/14 K/BB ratio in 36 innings.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 07:20:00 PM

Angels placed RHP Kevin Jepsen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22, due to an emergency appendectomy.

Colin Cowgill is being recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the active roster. Jepsen had also been dealing with a right hand contusion. Jepsen has posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 36/14 K/BB ratio in 36 innings this year.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 05:06:00 PM

Kevin Jepsen left Friday's game with a right hand contusion.

Jepsen is considered day-to-day and will be reevaluated Saturday. He allowed two hits on seven pitches before exiting.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 08:38:00 AM

Kevin Jepsen is unscored upon in eight appearances since being activated from the disabled list.

He's given up just three hits and has a 9/2 K/BB ratio over 7 2/3 innings during that stretch. Jepsen has been a bright spot in the Angels' bullpen this season, posting a 3.18 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 15/3 K/BB ratio over 11 1/3 frames.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:20:00 AM

Angels activated RHP Kevin Jepsen from the 15-day disabled list.

Jepsen has missed most of the season with a triceps injury but made a few rehab appearances with no issues. He'll return to middle relief.
Sun, May 26, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Kevin Jepsen (triceps) is "close" to rejoining the bullpen.

Jepsen, who has been out since mid-April with a triceps ailment, will make a third rehab appearance this week, but it sounds like it could be his final one. He'll return to middle relief for the Halos.
Thu, May 23, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Kevin Jepsen (triceps) is expected to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

Jepsen has been sidelined since April 12 with a strained right shoulder, but resumed throwing from a mound last weekend and hasn't had any setbacks. He remains on track to return from the DL sometime later this month.
Sat, May 18, 2013 10:14:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Nick Franklin
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Ernesto Frieri
3Brad Boxberger
4Grant Balfour
5Kevin Jepsen
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau
8Steve Geltz
9Jose Dominguez
10C.J. Riefenhauser
11Brandon Gomes