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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 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

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Kelvin Herrera issued one walk but kept the White Sox off the board while earning a save on Saturday.

He was protecting a one-run lead and made things a little interesting. He retired the first two batters before surrendering a base-on-balls. The runner then stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position. Herrera then slammed the door by inducing a groundout from center fielder Adam Engel. The hard-throwing closer now has 25 saves in 28 chances. He owns a 4.00 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 45 innings.
Aug 12 - 11:13 PM

Kelvin Herrera picked up his 23rd save of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox.

Herrera flirted with danger, walking two batters and allowing a single to Christian Vazquez, but he induced a flyout from Mookie Betts to seal the Royals' 5-3 comeback victory. Herrera has a 4.07 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 42/12 K/BB ratio in 42 innings this year.
Jul 30 - 6:43 PM

Kelvin Herrera notched his 22nd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Red Sox on Friday.

Herrera struck out one in the frame and worked around a two-out single for his third save of the week. The 27-year-old hasn’t been nearly as dominant this season due to some issues with the home run ball, so he’s sitting on a 4.17 ERA through 44 appearances. Still, he owns a fine 41/10 K/BB ratio in 41 innings.
Jul 28 - 10:42 PM

Kelvin Herrera slammed the door on the Tigers in the ninth inning on Tuesday, protecting a two-run advantage to earn his 21st save.

Herrera retired all three hitters he faced in order, one by way of the strikeout. The hard-throwing right-hander owns a disappointing 4.28 ERA and 1.20 WHIP on the season while converting 21 of his 24 save chances.
Jul 25 - 10:17 PM

Kelvin Herrera locked down his 20th save of the year on Monday night against the Tigers.

Herrera retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 12th inning, needing just 10 total pitches. The right-hander has lowered his season ERA to 4.38, after watching it jump all the way to 5.55 in June.
Jul 24 - 11:25 PM

Kelvin Herrera allowed a hit and a walk, but managed to work a scoreless ninth inning on Friday against the White Sox.

Herrera admitted after his blown save on Wednesday that he's still dealing with an illness, and still didn't look sharp in this one. The Royals' closer owns an uninspiring 4.62 ERA and 1.30 WHIP this season.
Jul 22 - 8:49 AM

The Royals said after Wednesday's blown save that Kelvin Herrera was still dealing with an illness.

Herrera gave up a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook in the top of the ninth inning before being lifted from the game. It seemed the Royals made the wrong call by pitching him after he was running a high fever on Tuesday, but they won anyway on a walkoff. Herrera should be considered day-to-day.
Jul 20 - 12:04 AM

Kelvin Herrera was lifted from his ninth-inning appearance in Wednesday's appearance against the Tigers due to a possible injury.

Herrera left with the trainer, but not before surrendering a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook to blow the save in the ninth. Whether his exit is due to an injury or something illness-related (Herrera was battling a fever on Tuesday) is unclear at this juncture. He will be reevaluated on Thursday.
Jul 19 - 11:30 PM

Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect 10th inning with one strikeout in Wednesday's game in Seattle for his 19th save.

Herrera was peppering the zone, throwing 11 of his 13 pitches for strikes. He has been money lately, posting 10 2/3 scoreless innings over his past 11 save opportunities. He has allowed eight earned runs over 5 1/3 innings across his past six appearances in non-save situations.
Jul 6 - 4:09 AM

Kelvin Herrera notched a save against the Blue Jays on Saturday by firing a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead.

He gave up a two-out single to Troy Tulowitzki but grounded out Kevin Pillar to slam the door. He struck out one batter in the inning. The Royals' flame-throwing closer has not been nearly as dominant as in past seasons but has gotten the job done nonetheless. He has 18 saves with a 4.50 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 31 innings. He has given up seven home runs already in 2017.
Jun 24 - 6:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera notched his 16th save with a scoreless ninth Monday against the Red Sox.

It wasn't exactly a shutdown inning; after Andrew Benintendi tripled with one out, Xander Bogaerts scored a liner right at shortstop Alcides Escobar and Mitch Moreland flew out to the wall in left. Still, a save is a save. Herrera is 16-for-18 despite his 4.66 ERA.
Jun 20 - 12:54 AM

Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth inning in Friday's game at L.A. Angels for his 14th save of the season.

It was a tidy 11-pitch effort, throwing nine times for strikes. After a rough patch to start the month, he hasn't allowed an earned run over his past three innings. He has converted six consecutive save chances since his last blown opportunity back on May 19 in Minnesota.
Jun 17 - 3:56 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Nationals are "keeping a close eye on" Kelvin Herrera.

Koda Glover has done a nice job since taking over as the Nats' closer, although he did get roughed up in his last appearance. Washington will undoubtedly add at least one marquee reliever, whether it's a closer (likely) or setup man (probably less likely). Herrera would be a great fit and is under team control through 2018.
Jun 6 - 2:16 PM

After entering with the Royals down a run, Kelvin Herrera gave up a three-run homer in the ninth inning Monday against the Astros.

Herrera was supposed to give the Royals a chance to come back in the bottom of the ninth, but he didn't do the job. He's given up six homers in 23 innings, matching his total from 72 innings last year. In 2014, he didn't give up a single homer in 70 innings. He's done just fine as a closer, converting 12 of 14 save opportunities, but he hasn't been an elite reliever this year.
Jun 6 - 1:05 AM

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3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
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3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Mike Minor
6Scott Alexander
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8Neftali Feliz