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Kelvin Herrera | Relief Pitcher | #40

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/31/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Kelvin Herrera notched his 10th save of the season Friday against the Red Sox.
The Royals had a four-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, so Peter Moylan got the call initially, but he gave up back-to-back singles to begin the inning before Ned Yost turned to Herrera. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up two hits of his own, including an RBI single to Mookie Betts, but he managed to escape and secure the victory for the red-hot Royals. Wade Davis (forearm) is on the comeback trail in the minors, but Herrera has done a fine job filling in at closer. He now boasts a shiny 1.84 ERA and 73/8 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. Aug 26 - 10:47 PM

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Kelvin Herrera struck out two in a scoreless inning of work Thursday against the Marlins, earning him his ninth save.

Herrera has now rattled off seven straight scoreless appearances since melting down against the White Sox earlier this month. He's got five saves in those seven appearances, aided by the Royals' recent re-entry into the American League Wild Card race. Herrera is one of the elite, posting a 1.87 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 73/8 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings this season.
Aug 25 - 11:36 PM

Kelvin Herrera notched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his eighth save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Herrera induced a flyout, groundout back to the pitcher and a strikeout to finish it off. He's converted all eight of his save chances since taking over closing duties and might keep the job even if Wade Davis (forearm) makes it back.
Aug 23 - 10:35 PM

Kelvin Herrera struck out two batters and did not allow a baserunner while notching his sixth save of the year on Wednesday versus the Tigers.

Herrera has been excellent since taking over the Royals' closer job when Wade Davis went down. He has a 2.01 ERA with 68 strikeouts and eight walks in 53 2/3 innings. The flame-thrower has been one of the most reliable set-up men in the league the last few years. He is likely to remain a closer either in Kansas City or elsewhere for the foreseeable future.
Aug 17 - 10:26 PM

Kelvin Herrera nailed down his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Royals.

One of Herrera's two strikeout victims reached on a wild pitch, but he quickly cleaned that up by inducing a game-ending double-play ball. Herrera's ERA got up over 2.00 after a dud of an outing earlier this month, but he's been dominant nearly all season.
Aug 15 - 10:46 PM

Kelvin Herrera struck out two over a scoreless inning of work to earn his third save Tuesday against the Rays.

Herrera allowed a hit but nothing more, finishing off a 3-2 win. The right-hander is the main man in the Royals' pen now that Wade Davis' season is in question, and he should be owned in all leagues accordingly. Herrera owns a 1.51 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 60/7 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings this year.
Aug 2 - 10:55 PM

Kelvin Herrera nailed down his second save of the season with a perfect ninth inning on Monday versus the Rays.

Herrera protected a three-run lead with ease, getting a couple groundouts and a strikeout to end it. Wade Davis (elbow) could conceivably be done for the season, and Herrera should be an elite closer for as long as he has the job.
Aug 1 - 9:54 PM

Kelvin Herrera earned his first save of the season Saturday, pitching a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 5-3 win over the Mariners.

Herrera needed nine pitches to do away with the M's, a much better showing than his last time out, when he took the loss while allowing two runs to the Jays. Herrera will continue to get save chances while Wade Davis is on the shelf, but Davis is progressing well and may not afford the 26-year-old much time in his seat before retaking it for himself. Herrera is an elite setup man and would be a must-own if Davis did ever miss substantial time, posting a 1.77 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 52/7 K/BB ratio over 40 2/3 innings in the first half.
Jul 9 - 11:25 PM

Kelvin Herrera gave up two runs in the eighth inning to take a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Brought in to begin the eighth inning of a tie game, Herrera quickly struck out Ezequiel Carrera and Josh Donaldson but then things went south. Edwin Encarnacion doubled, Michael Saunders singled him in then scored on a Russell Martin double. Herrera then fanned Troy Tulowitzki to end the inning. Herrera was a hot fantasy pickup yesterday as a potential replacement at closer for the injured Wade Davis. The fact that Herrera was used in the eighth instead of being held back for the ninth inning, combined with his poor outing tonight might make Joakim Soria a better bet to grab the closer's role in Kansas City.
Jul 6 - 9:58 PM

Kelvin Herrera will likely be first in line for saves with Wade Davis (forearm) on the disabled list.

Herrera is a pretty obvious choice to replace Davis in the ninth inning. He owns a brilliant 1.41 ERA over 39 relief outings this year with an 11.41 K/9 and a 0.85 WHIP. The right-hander has speed to burn with an average fastball in the high 90s. Herrera should be added in all formats.
Jul 5 - 1:17 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that Kelvin Herrera will see more eighth-inning opportunities while Joakim Soria works through a mechanical issue.

Yost is not setting his bullpen roles in cement at this point, meaning Herrera won't necessarily be used as a traditional setup arm. Said the manager, "We’ll mix and match it," Yost said. "We’ll look and see where the [opposing] lineup is. If the middle of the lineup is coming up in the seventh, we might see Kel there." In eight appearances covering 6 1/3 inning, Herrera has yet to allow a run and holds a 10/2 K/BB ratio.
Apr 20 - 7:17 PM

Kelvin Herrera will be available out of the bullpen in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

Herrera tossed 1 1/3 innings in Game 1. The hard-throwing 25-year-old scattered three hits, struck out two and allowed an unearned run courtesy of an Eric Hosmer error. While manager Ned Yost said that Herrera would be available for Game 2, he won't be available for more than an inning of work.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera (chickenpox) pitched two-thirds of an inning Monday against the Twins.

Herrera has been sidelined recently with chickenpox, so this was his first appearance since August 28. The 25-year-old owns a 2.10 ERA and 53/21 K/BB ratio over 60 innings on the year.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 08:28:00 AM

Kelvin Herrera could be out for the next two weeks with chickenpox.

Alex Rios has also been diagnosed with the virus. Herrera boasts a 2.12 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 53/21 K/BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings this season out of the Kansas City bullpen. He'll certainly be missed.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Royals activated RHP Kelvin Herrera.

Herrera finished serving his six-game suspension for two separate incidents -- hitting Brett Lawrie and his involvement in a brawl with the White Sox -- on Tuesday. The right-hander threw a scoreless inning in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.
Wed, May 13, 2015 10:28:00 PM

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