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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
Contract: view contract details

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Kelvin Herrera worked a scoreless inning in a non-save situation on Monday against the White Sox.
Kansas City was down 12-1 when Herrera entered for some work in the bottom of the eighth inning. He issued a leadoff walk to Melky Cabrera but got Jose Abreu to ground into a double play and struck out Todd Frazier swinging. Herrera has a 2.25 ERA and 0.63 WHIP in eight innings this season as the Royals' closer. Apr 24 - 11:08 PM

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Kelvin Herrera allowed one run in the ninth inning against the A’s on Thursday, but secured his first save of the season nonetheless.

Not exactly the smoothest outing for Herrera, who entered with the Royals boasting a 3-0 advantage. He would proceed to cough up a solo home run to Rajai Davis and a double to Jed Lowrie, though the A’s were unable to plate Lawrie. The hard-throwing right-hander has surrendered home runs in each of his last two appearances, but still holds plenty of fantasy upside.
Apr 14 - 5:08 AM

Kelvin Herrera blew the save against the Astros on Sunday, surrendering a game-tying solo home run to Jake Marisnick with one out in the ninth inning.

Herrera entered the ninth with the Royals clinging to a 4-3 advantage after Brandon Moss powered them to a one-run lead in the top of the frame courtesy of a solo home run. That lead turned out to be short lived. Herrera gave up a screaming liner to Marwin Gonzalez which was lucky to find a glove for the first out, but nobody was catching Marisnick's clothesline of a solo shot one batter later. Herrera's fantasy owners might be a little irked on this one to end the week, but he remains a high-upside closer for both mixed- and AL-only formats.
Apr 9 - 6:20 PM

Kelvin Herrera tossed a 1-2-3 inning Monday in his Cactus League debut against the Diamondbacks.

Herrera struck out one batter in the frame. The 27-year-old did just fine filling in at closer last season and finished with a dominant 2.75 ERA and 86/12 K/BB ratio over 72 innings. Following the Wade Davis trade, Herrera has top-tier closer potential in 2017.
Mar 6 - 6:56 PM

Royals and RHP Kelvin Herrera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.325 million contract.

That's exactly the midway point between what the Royals originally offered ($5.05 million) and what Herrera requested when he filed for arbitration last month ($5.6 million). So everybody's happy. Herrera is expected to take over the ninth inning this year following the departure of Wade Davis, who was traded to the Cubs this offseason. The two-time All-Star put up a 10.75 K/9 over 72 innings last season. He's under contract through 2018.
Feb 3 - 11:42 AM

Kelvin Herrera requested $5.6 million and was offered $5.05 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 27-year-old, who is now locked in as the Royals' closer, is projected to earn $5.3 million through arbitration according to Either way, it will be a nice raise for him over the $2.55 million that he earned in 2016. Herrera owns a career 2.63 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 for his career and makes for a very attractive fantasy option heading into the 2017 campaign.
Jan 13 - 6:48 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 10:47:00 PM

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.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:36:00 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.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 10:35:00 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.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 10:26:00 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.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 10:46:00 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.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 10:55:00 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.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 09:54:00 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.
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 11:25:00 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.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 09:58:00 PM

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2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
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RF1Jorge Soler
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Brandon Moss
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S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Chris Young
5Mike Minor
6Kevin McCarthy
7Peter Moylan
8Scott Alexander
9Matt Strahm
10Brian Flynn