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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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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

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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

Kelvin Herrera has his appeal heard with MLB and will serve a six-game suspension.

Herrera was suspended five games for throwing at the Athletics' Brett Lawrie and two games for a benches-clearing brawl with the White Sox. MLB reduced the two-game suspension to just one game, but the five-game suspension was held up. He'll begin serving it Thursday, so the Royals will have to make do without him their bullpen for a few days.
Thu, May 7, 2015 04:25:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera was given a two-game suspension for his role in Thursday's altercation with the White Sox.

Herrera is already appealing a five-game ban for his throwing at Brett Lawrie last week, so it's possible he appeals this one as well
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 12:42:00 PM

Kevin Herrera has appealed his five-game suspension.

And he'll be available out of the Royals' bullpen until there's a decision on the appeal. Herrera was handed the five-game sentence from Major League Baseball on Tuesday for throwing at A's third baseman Brett Lawrie on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City. Herrera, who throws 100 mph, also pointed to his own head as he was walking off the field -- which looked like a threat toward Lawrie. The five-game sentence should probably stand.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 04:47:00 PM

MLB suspended Kelvin Herrera for five games and fined him an undisclosed amount for throwing at Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie on Sunday.

No word on whether he'll appeal. Herrera didn't actually hit Lawrie with a pitch, but it prolonged more bad blood between the two sides. Yordano Ventura, who hit Lawrie on Saturday, was issued a fine. No punishments were levied to members of the Athletics.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 03:02:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera was ejected from Sunday's game against the Athletics for throwing at Brett Lawrie.

Lawrie was drilled by Yordano Ventura on Saturday after he had slid hard into second base earlier in the series, which led to a benches clearing altercation. Herrera didn't actually succeed in drilling Lawrie, throwing well behind him, but the intent was quite clear.
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Royals avoided arbitration with RHP Kelvin Herrera by agreeing to a two-year, $4.15 million contract.

The deal buys out Herrera's first two years of arbitration eligibility; he carries four total years of arbitration-eligibility as a Super Two qualifier. Herrera, 25, posted a sparkling 1.41 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season for the American League champions and should remain one of the top setup men in the majors in 2015.
Thu, Feb 12, 2015 03:50:00 PM

According to's Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals are close to a multi-year deal with Kelvin Herrera.

Herrera is in his first year of arbitration eligibility and requested $1.9 million from the Royals, who countered at $1.15 million. The hard-throwing 25-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 210 strikeouts in 214 2/3 major league innings. He finished the 2014 season with a 1.41 ERA.
Thu, Feb 12, 2015 03:40:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera requested $1.9 million and was offered $1.15 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged. projected Herrera to earn $1.5 million in his first year of arbitration. The two sides seem likely to meet somewhere in the middle in order to avoid a hearing next month.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 05:18:00 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Royals are drawing interest in reliever Kelvin Herrera.

Most the trade talk has been about Wade Davis and Greg Holland due to their rising salaries, but the Royals could consider dealing Herrera if the right offer comes along. The 24-year-old had a 1.41 ERA and 59/26 K/BB ratio over 70 innings this past season and is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Stark hears from one executive that he's viewed as a "potential closer."
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Kelvin Herrera (forearm) is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

Herrera received clearance after playing catch with pitching coach Dave Eiland on Saturday with no issues. The reliever has a slight flexor strain in his right forearm but the Royals are evidently willing to gamble that the ailment won't get worse.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 08:56:00 AM

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C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Tony Cruz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Whit Merrifield
3Brett Eibner
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Scott Alexander
6Chien-Ming Wang
7Chris Young
8Tim Collins