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Kelvin Herrera | Relief Pitcher | #40

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 tossed a perfect 10th inning for his 10th save Wednesday in the Royals’ 5-2 win over the Cardinals.
He struck out one while throwing seven of his 11 pitches for strikes. The right-hander hasn’t had a ton of save opportunities—Wednesday was only Kansas City’s 16th win—but he’s been terrific when called upon, impressing with a 0.96 ERA over 18 2/3 innings this year. May 23 - 5:29 PM

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Kelvin Herrera tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Yankees for his ninth save of the season.

Herrera threw just nine pitches in the frame and notched one strikeout along the way. After a rough 2017, the 28-year-old has been fantastic so far this season, posting a 1.08 ERA with 15 strikeouts and no walks through 16 2/3 innings. If he keeps it up, he’ll make for a valuable trade piece for the rebuilding Royals.
May 18 - 11:36 PM

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Tigers to earn his seventh save of the season.

Herrera gave up a one-out single and with two outs the dangerous Nick Castellanos came to the plate as a pinch-hitter with the chance to tie the game, but Herrera got Castellanos to fly out to end it. Herrera has been terrific in 15 appearances this season, allowing just one run without issuing a walk and striking out 14 in 13 2/3 innings of work. The Royals may not win many games, but when they do, Herrera will be there to close them out.
May 6 - 5:19 PM

Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth inning against the Tigers on Friday, protecting a two-run lead to earn his sixth save of the season.

The Royals scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to go ahead in this one and Herrera ensured that the Tigers wouldn't come back. He has been phenomenal through 12 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 0.71 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 14/0 K/BB ratio.
May 4 - 11:11 PM

Kelvin Herrera allowed a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday.

Herrera worked around a double allowed to Jose Abreu, stranding the first baseman in scoring position to nail down his fifth save in five chances. The wins have been few and far between for Kansas City so far this season, but at least Herrera has closed out five of the team's six victories to make his fantasy owners smile.
Apr 29 - 2:10 AM

Kelvin Herrera pitched a clean ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season on Sunday against the Tigers.

Herrera struck out one, and still hasn't allowed an earned run this year. He also hasn't walked anyone while striking out nine over his first 6 2/3 innings of the season. Herrera could become a valuable trade chip for the Royals near the deadline, but for now, he should earn the save opportunities, and he's making the most of them to start 2018.
Apr 22 - 4:44 PM

Kelvin Herrera worked a scoreless ninth inning in the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader, protecting a one-run lead to earn his third save of the season.

Herrera allowed a two-out single to Miguel Cabrera, but no damage was done. He has yet to be scored upon in his 5 2/3 innings of work on the season and owns a scintillating 0.53 WHIP and 8/0 K/BB ratio.
Apr 20 - 9:53 PM

Kelvin Herrera picked up his second save of the season via a clean ninth inning in Saturday's win over the Indians.

The Royals had just a 1-0 lead -- courtesy of a seventh-inning home run by Lucas Duda -- when Herrera entered for the ninth inning. No safety net, no problem, as the right-handed reliever had ice water in his veins. He induced a Michael Brantley lineout to center to start off the final frame, then proceeded to strike out Edwin Encarnacion before forcing Yonder Alonso into a game-ending groundout. Herrera struggled to a 4.25 ERA last season, but has allowed just one hit -- no runs -- in 3 1/3 innings while boasting a 6/0 K/BB ratio over his first four appearances in the early going this time around.
Apr 7 - 7:34 PM

Kelvin Herrera delivered a perfect ninth inning against the Tigers on Tuesday for his first save of the season.

Herrera notched two strikeouts and needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame. The 28-year-old is coming off a disappointing 4.25 ERA in 2017 and is owed nearly $8 million this year, so he didn’t have the strongest trade market, but that could change if he gets off to a strong start. So far, so good.
Apr 3 - 4:14 PM

Royals and RHP Kelvin Herrera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.9375 million contract.

He can earn $50,000 more if he makes the All-Star team, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. Herrera posted a 4.25 ERA with 26 saves over 64 games last season.
Jan 12 - 2:07 PM

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.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 03:45:00 AM

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.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 11:26:00 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.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 11:42:00 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.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 11:17:00 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.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 05:02:00 PM

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