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Kevin Kiermaier | Outfielder | #39

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Parkland (IL) CC
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 31 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details
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Kevin Kiermaier went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Angels on Tuesday.
Kiermaier is 5-for-29 with two walks and no extra-base hits in seven games since the Rays opted to return him to the second spot in the order. He's looked more like a No. 8 hitter all year. May 23 - 10:22 PM

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Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-2 with a homer, a walk, and two runs scored Monday in the Rays' loss to the Indians.

Kiermaier slugged a solo homer off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco in the top of the second inning and scored on a Brad Miller single after drawing a base on balls in the top of the fourth. The center fielder is batting .236/.327/.345 with three home runs, 11 RBI, and 21 runs scored in 41 games this season.
May 15 - 9:47 PM

Kevin Kiermaier whacked a two-run homer off Chris Sale Saturday in the Rays’ 6-3 loss to the Red Sox.

The fifth-inning blast was Kiermaier’s only hit of the afternoon. The home run was his second of the season and his first since April 20. It’s been a trying season for Kiermaier both offensively and defensively. So far he’s hit just .218 with 41 strikeouts in 142 at-bats while committing four errors in center field. The Rays may regret giving Kiermaier a six-year, $53 million extension.
May 13 - 4:19 PM

Kevin Kiermaier went 0-for-2 and made another huge error in center field Thursday in the loss to the Royals.

Kiermaier has been dealing with a sore hand after getting hit by a pitch last week, but the Rays have kept him in their lineup for his defense. Unfortunately, that defense has let them down these past few days, as Kiermaier has twice let grounders get under his glove and allowed the hitters to come all of the way around to score. Kiermaier did reach base on a walk today, but he was promptly thrown out stealing. With his average down to .207, he might need at least a couple of days off.
May 11 - 4:16 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (hand) is in the Rays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

He has been dropped to eighth in the order because manager Kevin Cash wants to limit his at-bats after Friday's injury. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him lifted from the game early as a precautionary measure as well.
May 6 - 1:22 PM

Kevin Keirmaier has been diagnosed with a bruised hand after X-rays came back negative on Friday.

Kiermaier was forced to leave Friday's game after getting hit by a pitch from Francisco Liriano. He'll likely try to talk his way into the lineup on Saturday but could be held out for a day as a precautionary measure.
May 6 - 8:24 AM

Kevin Kiermaier was forced to leave Friday's game against the Blue Jays after getting drilled in the hand by a pitch from Francisco Liriano.

Kiermaier stayed in the game to run the bases for himself but was unable to convince the training staff to let him stay in the game. He'll presumably head for precautionary X-rays to rule out any structural damage. Look for an update on his status from the Rays after the game.
May 5 - 9:38 PM

Kevin Kiermaker went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Sunday, dropping his average to .210.

Kiermaier won't be losing any playing time, of course, but it's questionable whether he should be batting second regularly for the Rays. His OBP is down to .296, and he's fanned 32 times in 26 games. If Kiermaier is dropped in the order, he'd likely cease being worth holding on to in mixed leagues.
Apr 30 - 4:35 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (illness) went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his return to the lineup Monday against the Orioles.

Kiermaier was limited to bench duties on Sunday after leaving early on Friday and Saturday due to illness, but he's starting to feel closer to normal now. The 27-year-old is batting .260/.345/.364 with one homer and four steals through 21 games to begin the year.
Apr 25 - 9:26 AM

Kevin Kiermaier is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Steven Souza is starting in center field, while Shane Peterson is getting the call in right. The Rays also have Jesus Sucre at catcher over Derek Norris.
Apr 23 - 9:47 AM

Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored four runs in Wednesday's win over the Tigers.

He scored all four times he reached base, including the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. Kiermaier has yet to display the blend of power and speed he has shown glimpses of in the past. He has a .274 batting average with zero homers, 12 runs scored, one RBI and four stolen bases through 71 plate appearances. He hit 12 homers and stole 21 bases in just 105 games last year and could easily surpass those stats if he can stay healthy for the whole season.
Apr 20 - 12:31 AM

Rays signed OF Kevin Kiermaier to a six-year, $53.5 million contract extension with an option for 2023.

The agreement was reported last week and then officially announced Monday at a press conference in Port Charlotte, Florida. Kiermaier can push the total value of the contract to $66.15 million if he maxes out all the incentives and the option for 2023. The rangy 26-year-old center fielder batted .246/.331/.410 with 12 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 105 games last season for Tampa Bay. He already has two Gold Gloves and should be in line for many more.
Mar 20 - 9:28 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays have scheduled a press conference for 9 AM on Monday to address a "significant baseball-related announcement."

The "significant baseball-related announcement" is almost certainly Kevin Kiermaier's new contract. The two sides were closing in on a six-year, $53.5 million extension and it looks like the deal will be made official on Monday. Kiermaier is only a .258 lifetime hitter but he led the team with 21 steals last year and remains one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball. It's extremely rare for the frugal Rays to dish out a contract of this magnitude.
Mar 18 - 11:50 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (neck) has returned to Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

Kiermaier was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a recurrence of his recent neck stiffness, but he's back in there as the designated hitter on Wednesday. The 26-year-old is reportedly on the verge of finalizing a six-year, $53.5 million extension with the Rays.
Mar 15 - 8:37 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and Kevin Kiermaier are close to an extension for at least six years and more than $50 million.

Kiermaier was to make $2.975 million this season in his first year of arbitration eligibility after qualifying as a Super 2 player. He would be eligible for free agency after the 2020 campaign, but this would obviously keep him in Tampa Bay beyond that. Kiermaier's career .258/.313/.425 batting line isn't much to write home about, but he improved last season and is arguably the best defensive center fielder in the game.
Mar 14 - 9:46 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Derek Norris
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2Rickie Weeks
2B1Brad Miller
2Michael Martinez
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Colby Rasmus
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Steven Souza
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Matt Andriese
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Danny Farquhar
5Diego Moreno
6Shawn Tolleson
7Kevin Gadea
8Tommy Hunter
9Chase Whitley
10Jumbo Diaz
11Ryne Stanek
12Jose Alvarado
13Ryan Garton