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Kelvin Herrera | Relief Pitcher | #40

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/31/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / KC
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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "strongly pursuing" Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.
Kansas City appears poised for an organizational rebuild, so Herrera -- a free agent next winter -- can probably be had with the right match of young talent. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on the first day of the Winter Meetings that the Royals were at least "fielding interest" in the 27-year-old right-hander. Herrera struggled to a 4.25 ERA over 59 2/3 innings in 2017, but he put up a dominant 2.30 ERA with 209 strikeouts in 211 2/3 innings between 2014-2016. Dec 14 - 3:45 AM

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Royals are fielding interest in reliever Kelvin Herrera.

The Royals could be shifting into a rebuild, so it makes sense to listen on Herrera, who will hit free agency after 2018. They'd be selling low, though, as Herrera missed time with a forearm strain this past season and proved to be a disappointment in the closer role while posting a 4.25 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings. He made $5.325 million in 2017 and will likely see that number jump to over $8 million next year.
Dec 11 - 11:26 AM

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his fourth hold Friday against the Diamondbacks.

No one has told Ned Yost that the Royals have been eliminated. Not only is he refusing to go to his youngsters in the lineup, but he's had Herrera pitch three innings the last four days, which seems pretty risky given his recent bouts with forearm soreness. Herrera has looked better of late, but it'd be a shame if he suffered a setback during the final week of the season.
Sep 29 - 11:42 PM

Kelvin Herrera allowed a run in the ninth inning Thursday against the Indians, suffering his fifth blown save of the season.

Herrera got a quick out and, after a single, got a force out at second base for the second out. It appeared he might actually get the job done, but Francisco Lindor ripped a double that allowed the runner to score from first, giving Herrera another blown save in the process. He's now allowed runs in four of his last five outings, causing his ERA to balloon to 4.56. Royals manager Ned Yost has said the team will look elsewhere for saves, and even if they weren't, it's hard for fantasy owners to trust the 27-year-old right now.
Sep 14 - 11:17 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that Kelvin Herrera (forearm) will not serve as the team's closer for a while.

Herrera is dealing with a strained forearm and just hasn't looked like himself lately, so the Royals are pretty much forced to give him a break even as they fight for a playoff spot. Mixed leaguers can go ahead and drop him. Yost said that Mike Minor, Scott Alexander and Brandon Maurer will split the closer duties for now.

Kelvin Herrera (forearm) allowed three runs on three hits and two walks over 2/3 of an inning in a blown-save loss to the Twins on Thursday.

Herrera, who has been dealing with a mild forearm strain in recent days, came in to preserve a one-run lead. Instead, he gave up a pair of singles and a one-out walk to load the bases, and Brian Dozier tied the game with a sacrifice fly. After an intentional walk to Joe Mauer, Jorge Polanco did the big damage with a two-run single that chased Herrera and eventually saddled him with the loss. Are three singles sandwiched around a pair of walks, one intentional, overly concerning? In a vacuum, no. But with his recent forearm issues, it's worth wondering at what percentage the 27-year-old is currently operating. We'll see what the Royals say about him and his status in the coming days.
Sep 8 - 1:55 AM

Kelvin Herrera (forearm) is expected to be available on Tuesday night.

Herrera has been battling a mild forearm strain for the last couple of weeks, but he played catch without issue on Tuesday afternoon and told reporters afterward that he feels "pretty normal." Brandon Maurer earned his first save as a member of the Royals on Sunday afternoon before getting blown up Monday by the Tigers.
Sep 5 - 4:46 PM

Kelvin Herrera will miss the next couple of days with a mild forearm strain, according to Ned Yost.

The problem first crept up a couple of weeks ago and then became a problem again last night. While the Royals are still playing it off as minor, it'd be little surprise to see Herrera get shut down if the team falls out of the wild card chase. Look at Brandon Maurer as the favorite for saves for now.
Sep 2 - 4:30 PM

Kelvin Herrera was yanked from a save situation with an apparent injury on Friday after allowing a pair of unearned runs in 2/3 of an inning.

He entered with a three-run lead to protect, but the leadoff man was able to reach against him on an error. Herrera retired the next two hitters which should have ended the game before walking Zach Granite, hitting Brian Dozier and allowing a two-run single to Joe Mauer before departing with the team trainer. It could be a recurrence of the forearm injury he has been battling. Scott Alexander came on to record the final out and earn the save.
Sep 1 - 11:35 PM

Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect inning to finish out a 6-2 game against the Rays on Tuesday.

Herrera has two scoreless innings the last three days in his first appearances since leaving a game last week with forearm tightness. It seems it truly was a false alarm.
Aug 29 - 11:37 PM

Kelvin Herrera (forearm) worked a scoreless inning in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Herrera hadn't appeared in a game in five days due to tightness in his right forearm, but it was never considered an overly serious thing. The discomfort was more toward the wrist, as opposed to the elbow. He should remain the Royals' closer for the stretch run.
Aug 28 - 8:36 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Kelvin Herrera (forearm) is "ready to go" on Thursday.

Herrera experienced tightness in his right forearm and wrist during an appearance Tuesday night against the Rockies, but he was available Wednesday and he will be available in Thursday afternoon's series finale. The 27-year-old has an underwhelming 3.97 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 47 2/3 innings this season, but he is 26-for-29 in save opportunities.
Aug 24 - 12:21 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said closer Kelvin Herrera (forearm) could be available on Wednesday.

Herrera was pulled from a save opportunity Tuesday night against the Rockies after experiencing tightness in his right forearm, but Yost told KCSP (610 AM) on Wednesday morning that it's nothing serious -- clarifying that the discomfort was actually closer to Herrera's wrist. Scott Alexander wound up finishing Tuesday's victory for his first career save.
Aug 23 - 2:45 PM

Kelvin Herrera experienced tightness in his right forearm in the ninth inning Tuesday.

Scott Alexander entered in the top of the ninth after Herrera loaded the bases with two outs and the 28-year-old left-hander secured his first career save. If this turns into a DL situation for Herrera, the Royals could turn to former Padres closer Brandon Maurer, though he hasn't been very good since coming over in a July 24 trade. Herrera will be reevaluated by the Royals' medical staff on Wednesday.
Aug 22 - 11:50 PM

Kelvin Herrera struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning to nail down a save against the Athletics on Wednesday.

He was protecting a one-run lead and got the first two batters out on flyballs. He then surrendered an infield single and wild-pitched the potential tying run into scoring position before punching out Chad Pinder to end the threat and the game. The flame-throwing closer now has 26 saves and a 3.91 ERA on the season.
Aug 16 - 8:22 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
4Meibrys Viloria
5Juan Carlos Negret
1B1Brandon Moss
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Raul Mondesi
2Ramon Torres
3B1Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Paulo Orlando
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Sam Gaviglio
7Wily Peralta
8Eric Skoglund
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Scott Alexander
6Kevin McCarthy
7Brian Flynn
8Miguel Almonte
9Andres Machado
10Eric Stout
11Timothy Hill
12Michael Broadway