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Kevin Jepsen | Relief Pitcher

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

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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

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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

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

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

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C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Drew Smyly
7Alex Cobb
8Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Alex Colome