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Brandon Maurer | Relief Pitcher | #32

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 23 (0) / SEA
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Brandon Maurer turned in a scoreless ninth inning to snare a save versus the Twins on Saturday.
He issued a walk but didn't allow any hits or runs. He is the favorite for saves for the time being in the Kansas City bullpen. The former Padre has an ugly 6.00 ERA in 57 innings despite a very good 57:18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He has 22 saves on the season, the last two with the Royals. Sep 9 - 10:36 PM

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Brandon Maurer earned his first save as a member of the Royals on Sunday against the Twins.

Kelvin Herrera was unavailable for this game (and probably a few more) due to renewed discomfort in his right forearm, so Maurer got the call in the bottom of the ninth inning. He worked around an Alex Gordon fielding error to protect a one-run lead for Kansas City, yielding zero hits and zero walks while striking out one Minnesota hitter. Maurer is worth adding in most mixed fantasy leagues while Herrera is in recovery mode. And it's not like Herrera was very reliable when he was healthy.
Sep 3 - 6:09 PM

Brandon Maurer picked up a win after throwing a hitless ninth inning Wednesday against the Rockies.

The Royals are hoping Kelvin Herrera's little forearm problem Tuesday turns out to be nothing, and if that's the case, Maurer will remain worthless for fantasy purposes. However, if Herrera does land on the DL, Maurer will probably be the favorite for saves in Kansas City for a spell.
Aug 24 - 12:20 AM

Royals acquired RHP Brandon Maurer from the Padres in the Trevor Cahill trade.

Maurer will see his fantasy value drop big time, as he's losing his closer job and now headed for a setup role in Kansas City. While he's posted a 5.72 ERA this season, Maurer boasts a 38/8 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings.
Jul 24 - 6:39 PM

Brandon Maurer took his first blown save in two months after giving up three runs in the ninth Friday against the Giants.

Maurer could have closed this one out without a run scoring, but Jerry Meals wouldn't give him a borderline pitch against Brandon Crawford with two strikes and two outs. Crawford singled in a run, bringing pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie to the plate as the tying run. Meals again failed to call a strike on a close pitch to begin the at-bat, and Gillaspie hit the 1-0 offering out to right. Maurer hadn't given up a run since June 25 and he's 20-for-23 saving games this year, so his job is safe.
Jul 22 - 2:34 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that, in addition to Brad Hand, the Padres are also open to trading Brandon Maurer and Trevor Cahill.

Cahill has experienced a resurgence in the Padres' rotation this season after signing a one-year, $1.75 million deal over the winter. He'd make some sense for a team looking for rotation help. Maurer holds a 5.60 ERA on the year but boasts a 35/7 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings. He's under team control through 2019, so the Pads don't need to deal him if they don't receive an offer they like.
Jul 9 - 4:00 PM

Brandon Maurer allowed a base hit but no runs in the ninth inning to lock down a save versus the Phillies on Saturday.

A single by Tommy Joseph with two outs was the only threat the Phillies could muster against him. It was Maurer's 19th save of the season. He has blown only two saves but has four losses and a 5.60 ERA. It seems like Maurer has been on the verge of losing his closing role all season long but he is actually a pretty good bet to perform well moving forward. He has 35 strikeouts and seven walks in 35 1/3 innings and has allowed just three home runs in 37 games.
Jul 8 - 7:33 PM

Brandon Maurer struck out all three Phillies batters he faced Friday to earn his 18th save.

Nick Williams, Brock Stassi and Freddy Galvis isn't exactly the '98 Yankees, but big league hitters are big league hitters, and Maurer mowed them down just the same. He's now converted 18 of 20 save chances and has allowed just one baserunner in his past four appearances. The 27-year-old owns a 5.77 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 35/7 K/BB ratio over 34 1/3 innings.
Jul 8 - 1:26 AM

Brandon Maurer had a 1-2-3 inning to record his 17th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Maurer needed 11 pitches to retire the side in order, punching out Carlos Santana on a generous strike three call to end it. Maurer has converted 17-of-19 save opportunities on the season.
Jul 4 - 10:24 PM

Brandon Maurer worked around a single allowed in an 11-pitch scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Dodgers, nailing down his 16th save of the season.

It can be an adventure for Maurer at times, especially in non-save situations. However, he has successfully converted each of his past 11 save opportunities and is a new pitcher when working in a high-leverage situation. In his past 11 save chances he has not allowed a run over 10 innings. Over his past three non-save appearances, he has an ERA of 27.00 across just 2 1/3 frames.
Jul 2 - 8:49 PM

Brandon Maurer pitched a perfect ninth in a 1-0 game for his 14th save Friday against the Tigers.

Maurer is still sporting that ugly 6.14 ERA, but he is 9-for-9 in save chances over the last month.
Jun 24 - 1:05 AM

Brandon Maurer retired both batters he faced in a one-run game to earn his 13th save Wednesday against the Cubs.

Maurer has had two bad outings this month in which he gave up a total of six runs, but the Padres have stuck with him as a closer and it's worked out fine. He's converted each of his eight save chances over the last month, and while he did make things a bit more challenging when he gave up a two-run homer on Saturday, he hasn't been responsible for a loss since May 17.
Jun 21 - 6:34 PM

Brandon Maurer gave up a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Brewers on Saturday.

He pitched a perfect ninth inning to protect a tie game and was then sent back out for the 10th frame. He drilled the first batter with a pitch before serving up a bomb to Keon Broxton. Maurer got one more out before being relieved. His team would win the game in the 11th. Since the game was tied when he entered he was not charged with a blown save. His hold on the closer role gets weaker by the day. Maurer owns a 6.51 ERA with 12 saves, two blown saves and 28 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.
Jun 17 - 9:17 PM

Brandon Maurer tallied his 12th save of the season Wednesday in the Padres' defeat of the Reds.

Maurer worked a 1-2-3 inning on just seven total pitches. He has an ugly 6.15 ERA on the season, but the Friars seem committed to keeping him at closer and Brad Hand in a setup role. Maybe that changes as the trade deadline approaches.
Jun 14 - 6:13 PM

Brandon Maurer was summoned by manager Andy Green to record the final out of Tuesday's game against the Reds, posting his 11th save.

Clayton Richard recorded the first 26 outs of the game, but ran out of gas. Phil Maton came on and allowed a hit against the only hitter he faced, creating a bit of a fire for Maurer to put out. The closer did his job, converting his sixth straight save chance since taking a backseat to Brad Hand for a couple of days in May.
Jun 14 - 3:23 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Raul Mondesi
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ramon Torres
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Melky Cabrera
2Brandon Moss
3Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Jake Junis
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Scott Alexander
6Peter Moylan
7Neftali Feliz
8Kevin McCarthy
9Brian Flynn
10Miguel Almonte
11Mike Morin
12Trevor Cahill
13Andres Machado