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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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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. Jul 9 - 11:25 PM

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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.
Jul 6 - 9:58 PM

Kelvin Herrera will likely be first in line for saves with Wade Davis (forearm) on the disabled list.

Herrera is a pretty obvious choice to replace Davis in the ninth inning. He owns a brilliant 1.41 ERA over 39 relief outings this year with an 11.41 K/9 and a 0.85 WHIP. The right-hander has speed to burn with an average fastball in the high 90s. Herrera should be added in all formats.
Jul 5 - 1:17 PM

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

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

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C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Brett 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
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Chris Young
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins
9Brian Flynn