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Brandon Maurer | Relief Pitcher | #37

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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Royals optioned RHP Brandon Maurer to Triple-A Omaha.
Maurer holds an 8.88 ERA across 31 relief appearances since the Royals acquired him last July, including a 12.46 mark in his first five outings this season. Kevin McCarthy has replaced him in the bullpen. Apr 13 - 2:43 PM

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Brandon Maurer lost his arbitration case and will make $2.95 million in 2018.

Maurer had requested $3.5 million from the Royals. The reliever saved 22 games last season for the Padres and Royals but held an ugly 6.52 ERA across 59 1/3 innings.
Feb 16 - 1:17 PM

The Royals and Brandon Maurer have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Barring a last-minute agreement, it will be the first hearing under Dayton Moore's tenure as Royals' GM. Maurer, who was acquired midseason last year, requested $3.5 million and was offered $2.95 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged a month ago. The arbitration panel will rule for one salary or the other for the 2018 season.
Feb 12 - 2:33 PM

Brandon Maurer requested $3.5 million and was offered $2.95 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Maurer is arbitration-eligible for the second time. He made $1.9 million in 2017 while going 3-6 with a 6.52 ERA. He managed 22 saves despite the poor ERA and struck out 59 batters in 59 1/3 innings. He was traded from the Padres to the Royals in late July.
Jan 12 - 7:29 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 10:36:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 06:09:00 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.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 12:20:00 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.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 06:39:00 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.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 02:34:00 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.
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 04:00:00 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.
Sat, Jul 8, 2017 07:33:00 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.
Sat, Jul 8, 2017 01:26:00 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.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 10:24:00 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.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 08:49:00 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.
Sat, Jun 24, 2017 01:05:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cam Gallagher
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Adalberto Mondesi
3Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Jon Jay
2Paulo Orlando
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Eric Skoglund
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Justin Grimm
3Brian Flynn
4Burch Smith
5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Brad Keller
8Kevin McCarthy