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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
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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

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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

Kelvin Herrera struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his 12th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

Tasked with protecting a 1-0 lead, Herrera struck out Alex Avila and Miguel Cabrera and got Nicholas Castellanos to ground out to finish things off. He needed only 11 pitches to close things out. The closer holds a disappointing 3.68 ERA so far, but he boasts a 24/4 K/BB ratio over 22 innings.
May 30 - 11:29 PM

Kelvin Herrera struck out two in a scoreless inning of work Saturday, earning his 11th save against the Indians.

Herrera struck out Bradley Zimmer and then had to face the top of the Indians' order, allowing a two-out double to Francisco Lindor before getting Michael Brantley to ground out to end it. A mid-May slump appears to be in Herrera's rear-view mirror, as he's now struck out five over three scoreless appearances since that vulnerable stretch. Altogether, the 27-year-old has a 3.86 ERA and 22/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings of work.
May 27 - 8:47 PM

Kelvin Herrera converted his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Indians.

Herrera notched one strikeout in the frame and worked around a two-out single. The 27-year-old recently hit a bit of a rough patch, but he has bounced back with consecutive scoreless appearances. He’s 10-for-12 in save chances this year to go along with a 4.05 ERA and 20/4 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
May 26 - 10:34 PM

Kelvin Herrera gave up a two-run homer to the Twins’ Kennys Vargas for his second blown save of the season Friday.

Trusted to hold a 3-1 lead, Herrera struck out Jorge Polanco swinging to begin the ninth inning before giving up a single to Jason Castro. Kennys Vargas followed with a two-run blast to tie things up. Herrera avoided further damage, but the Twins went on to win the game in the 10th. Job security shouldn’t be an issue here, but Herrera has now been scored upon in each of his last three appearances and owns a 4.50 ERA through 18 appearances on the year.
May 20 - 1:04 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have "spoken internally" about closers Kelvin Herrera, David Robertson, Alex Colome, Mark Melancon, A.J. Ramos, and Roberto Osuna.

They also like Padres setup man Brad Hand. Washington has used five different relievers for saves this season, and none of them have been able to run away with the ninth-inning role. Herrera is arbitration-eligible in 2018 but could be moved this summer as the Royals begin their rebuilding process. Robertson, who was connected to the Nationals over the winter, is due $13 million in 2018 on the final year of his four-year, $46 million deal with the White Sox.
May 18 - 1:52 PM

It wasn't the smoothest of ninth innings, but Kelvin Herrera managed to escape with his eighth save of the season on Sunday.

Herrera entered with a two-run lead to protect but quickly allowed a pair of one-out singles and a run-scoring double to Caleb Joseph. That put the tying run on third base with only one out, but Herrera battled back to fan Seth Smith and get Jonathan Schoop to fly out to end the contest. He has now converted eight of his first nine save chances while posting a 3.38 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio across 16 innings.
May 14 - 7:39 PM

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Orioles to earn his seventh save.

Herrera struck out one in the perfect frame. He's now got seven saves in eight chances, owning a 3.00 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 12/3 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. He hasn't allowed a run in his last three outings.
May 13 - 10:57 PM

Kelvin Herrera tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Orioles on Friday for his sixth save of the season.

Herrera gave up a two-out triple to Caleb Joseph before getting Seth Smith to fly out to end the game. After compiling just three saves through the early part of May, he has three in the past week. The 27-year-old owns a 3.21 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 14 innings overall and figures to surface in trade conversation this summer.
May 12 - 11:29 PM

Kelvin Herrera gave up two solo home runs in the ninth inning and was charged with a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

He was called upon to preserve a tie game in the top of the ninth inning. Things started out just fine when he retired the first two batters of the frame. But then Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor swatted back-to-back solo dingers. It was Herrera's first loss of the season. He owns a 3.75 ERA with nine strikeouts in 12 innings.
May 6 - 7:08 PM

Kelvin Herrera converted his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Indians on Friday.

Herrera worked around a two-out double to Edwin Encarnacion for his first save since April 24. The 27-year-old has pitched well this season, posting a 2.45 ERA and 7/2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings, but he hasn’t had much work with the Royals off to a disappointing start. He could end up being a trade chip if (or more likely, when) the Royals decide to trade off some of their valuable parts.
May 5 - 11:58 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ramon Torres
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
6Jake Junis
7Matt Strahm
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Neftali Feliz
5Mike Minor
6Scott Alexander
7Peter Moylan
8Kevin McCarthy