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Kelvin Herrera | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/31/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Royals recalled RHP Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha.
It will be his third stint in the majors, as the former setup man has flamed out in his other chances. Herrera has pitched well of late at Omaha, though, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 13/2 K/BB ratio in July. He figures to be used in low-leverage situations for now. Fri, Jul 19, 2013 08:22:00 AM

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Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals will recall Kelvin Herrera and Chris Getz from Triple-A Omaha prior to Friday's game.

They've already sent down Johnny Giavotella and Everett Teaford in corresponding moves. Herrera entered the season as a top setup man but ultimately flamed out and has been demoted twice. He got his act together at Omaha, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 13/2 K/BB ratio in July, but Herrera is likely to be used in low-leverage situations for now.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star was told by a club official that the Royals are considering calling up Kelvin Herrera in the next few days.

Herrera owns an ugly 5.20 ERA in 29 appearances with the Royals this season and has been demoted twice, but he has a 17/2 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 scoreless innings in his last five appearances between Double- and Triple-A. The hard-throwing 23-year-old has a ton of talent, so the Royals are hoping that he has righted himself.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Royals optioned RHP Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha.

Herrera got off to a solid start after returning from the minors, but he has allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over his last four appearances. The hard-throwing right-hander will attempt to get back on track is a less pressure-packed environment.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera took the loss on Tuesday, allowing three runs in just 1/3 of an inning against the Indians.

Herrera hadn't allowed a run since being recalled on June 5 but struggled mightily on Tuesday, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. There was a point early in the season where Herrera looked like he might wrestle the closing job away from a struggling Greg Holland, but with Holland straightened out and Herrera's troubles that seems like a remote possibility anytime in 2013.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 10:15:00 PM

Royals recalled RHP Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha.

Herrera dominated during his 10-day stay in the minor leagues and should immediately return to setup duties in Kansas City. The hard-throwing right-hander has a cool 3.04 ERA in 106-plus career major league innings.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 04:50:00 PM

Royals optioned RHP Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha.

It wasn't too long ago that Herrera was threatening Greg Holland for the closer role, but he has struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark this season, surrendering eight home runs in just 20 1/3 innings. He'll attempt to straighten things out in the minors.
Thu, May 23, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera allowed four runs, including three solo home runs, to the Braves on Tuesday.

It was Herrera's first hiccup of the season, and what a hiccup it was. Herrera was taken deep by Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla in the eighth inning of a game that was tied when he entered. His use in the eighth inning, coupled with his ineffectiveness in the appearance, should pour some cold water on the idea that he's a looming threat to Greg Holland as the Royals closer.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:03:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera earned his second save of the season in closing out the Royals' 3-0 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

Herrera subbed in for regular closer Greg Holland, who earned his second save on Tuesday. Although manager Ned Yost has said he's sticking with Holland, it's hard to overlook what Herrera has done this season. The 23-year-old has struck out 10 batters without allowing a run in 4 1/3 innings thus far, and he's a perfect 2-for-2 in save conversions. Holland may still have the title for the time being, but any more stumbles and Herrera is ready to pounce.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 11:27:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera earned his first save of the season Sunday in the Royals' defeat of the Phillies.

Herrera entered the game to clean up a mess that closer Greg Holland helped create, which suggests that there may be a ninth-inning controversy brewing in Kansas City. Herrera has one of the hardest fastballs in the sport and posted an excellent 2.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 77/21 K/BB ratio across 84 1/3 innings last season. He can be an elite closer right now.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 05:15:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera was a bit shaky in the ninth inning on Thursday, allowing a single and a walk before battling back to preserve a 2-1 victory over the Tigers.

With Greg Holland unavailable after pitching on consecutive nights, Herrera was handed a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning and given the chance to earn his first MLB save. The 22-year-old fire-baller walked pinch-hitter Alex Avila to lead off the inning. After Austin Jackson lined out to center, Andy Dirks singled to right, putting the tying run at second base with only one away. Herrera then bore down and got Miguel Cabrera to bounce into a game-ending double play. He's posted a tidy 2.62 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings.
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 11:05:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera has a 2.59 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 62/13 K/BB ratio through 66 innings this season.

Herrera also boasts the best fastball velocity in the majors this year, with an average 98.6 mph heater. The 22-year-old has a bright future as a late-innings reliever.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 11:57:00 AM

In his major league debut on Wednesday, Kelvin Herrera surrendered three runs on two hits over one inning.

The youngster has a bright future in baseball, but it wasn't in the cards tonight. After hitting the first batter he faced, Herrera yielded a double, followed by a three-run homer with two outs. He likely will compete for a bullpen job next spring.
Thu, Sep 22, 2011 05:58:00 AM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha.

One of the more interesting names of the bunch, the 5-foot-10 Herrera has thrived since moving to the bullpen this season. The 21-year-old right-hander posted a 1.60 ERA and 70/15 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings between three different levels in the system. With a fastball that reaches the mid-90s, he represented the Royals in July's Futures Game. The Royals will make a move on Wednesday to clear a spot for Herrera on the 40-man roster.
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 12:44:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Liam Hendriks
12Michael Mariot
13Luke Hochevar