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49 Kevin Jepsen RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 7/26/1984 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $1,181,250 | Owned/Started%: 27/21 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins RP Kevin Jepsen strikes out two, records ninth save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) Twins relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen recorded his ninth save of the season on Friday against the Astros.

Jepsen allowed two hits, but struck out two batters without allowing a run in the ninth inning. He now has a 2.44 ERA this season.


Twins' Kevin Jepsen notches save No. 7 on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) In the absence of closer Glen Perkins, Twins reliever Kevin Jepsen picked up his second consecutive save on Saturday. Jepsen proteced a 3-2 victory over the Orioles, needing just nine pitches to retire the side in order.

Jepsen now has seven saves on the year, and hasn't allowed a run since he gave up two in his first outing as a Twin back on August 2.


Twins' Kevin Jepsen records sixth save of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2015) Twins reliever Kevin Jepsen struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning, to save a one-run lead against Baltimore on Friday. 

Jepsen earned his sixth save of the year and his first save since June 14. He recorded his ninth scoreless outing in a row. 


Molitor: Kevin Jepsen to fill-in as closer while Glen Perkins is out


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/19/2015) It is not yet known how long Twins closer Glen Perkins will be out for. Perkins is heading back to Minnesota to undergo tests on his ailing neck, and is expected to miss Wednesday's game at the very least. 

So while Perkins is out, manager Paul Molitor has tabbed newcomer Kevin Jepsen as the short-term closer, according to MLB.com. Jepsen, who was acquired at the trade deadline, has five saves this season, with all of them coming as a member of the Rays. The five saves represent a career-high for the eight-year veteran.


Twins get Trevor Plouffe back, demote Danny Santana and Jorge Polanco


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) The Twins activated third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who had been on paternity leave, and pitcher Kevin Jepsen, who was acquired in a trade-deadline deal with Tampa Bay. 

To make room, the team optioned shortstop Danny Santana to Triple-A Rochester and shortstop Jorge Polanco to Double-A Chattanooga, per MLB.com.

Santana was hitting .219 with the Twins this season. Polanco hit .429 in three games.


Rays recall OF Mikie Mahtook, reliever Kirby Yates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) After trading Kevin Jepsen to the Twins on Friday, the Rays recalled reliever Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham to take his spot on the roster.

The Rays also recalled outfielder Mikie Mahtook from Durham.


Rays trade RP Kevin Jepsen to Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) The Twins acquired reliever Kevin Jepsen in a trade with the Rays on Friday. The Rays are getting minor-league pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia in the trade.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 2-5 with a 2.81 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, five saves and 22 holds through 46 appearances in 2015. He also has 34 strikeouts to 20 walks in 41 2/3 innings.

He is 15-23 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over eight seasons in the majors.


Rays RP Kevin Jepsen earns fifth save of season Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Rays pitcher Kevin Jepsen pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his fifth save of the season during Sunday's 2-1 win over the White Sox.

Jepsen entered in the ninth with a one-run lead and he recorded the final three outs to earn the save. He is now 5 for 8 on save chances this season.


Rays RP Kevin Jepsen closes out Mariners for fourth save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) Rays relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen needed 17 pitches to close out the ninth inning and record the save in his team's 3-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

Jepsen completed what was a dominant pitching performance by the Rays' entire staff, and earned his fourth save of the year.

Jepsen (1-3) has a 1.80 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 25 innings of relief this season.


Rays' Kevin Jepsen pitches scoreless ninth for third save


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Rays reliever Kevin Jepsen pitched a scoreless ninth inning to protect a 1-0 lead and earn his third save of the year, Friday against Seattle.

Jepsen allowed one hit and struck out a batter. 


Rays RP Kevin Jepsen records second save of 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) After throwing 32 pitches on Wednesday, Rays closer Brad Boxberger was unavailable for the team's series-opener against the Mariners. 

So, with a 2-1 lead, manager Kevin Cash turned the ninth inning over to right-hander Kevin Jepsen to nail down the save. And Jepsen did the job, tossing a scoreless frame to preserve the victory. He walked one and struck out two. It was Jepsen's second save of the season.


Rays' Kevin Jepsen blows second straight save opportunity


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Rays reliever Kevin Jepsen allowed a solo home run in the seventh inning to blow a one-run lead in Friday's loss to Baltimore. 

It was Jepsen's second straight blown save opportunity. Jepsen allowed one run on two hits. 


Rays P Chris Archer gives up 2 earned runs against Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer struck out eight batters during Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Yankees. 

Archer allowed seven hits, walked one batter and gave up two earned runs. He was credited with a no-decision in the game. Kevin Jepsen was credited with the win after relieving Archer in the eighth inning. 

It was a good outing for Archer, who had given up a total of nine earned runs in his past two starts. 

Archer now has a 2.59 ERA. 

His next projected start is on Sunday against the Twins. 


Rays' Kevin Jepsen takes loss in relief


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rays reliever Kevin Jepsen dropped to 0-2 on the season, by giving up a run in 2/3 of an inning on Sunday. 

Jepsen started the eighth by walking two batters and giving up an RBI single, snapping a 1-1 tie. He walked another batter before the inning was done and saw his ERA increase to 2.84. 

"The ball kept wanting to go off the corner," said Jepsen. "You walk that many guys in the game, especially in the middle of that lineup, I'm lucky to get out of there with one run against them."


Cash speaks glowingly of Rays reliever Jepsen despite slip-up


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) One bad moment for Rays reliever Kevin Jepsen wasn't about to weaken the confidence Kevin Cash has in him.

Jepsen has been pitching well, but he allowed a game-winning single Friday to torrid Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez. That made Rodriguez 1-for-11 lifetime aganst Jepsen.

"We had a lot of confidence in him before (he came to Tampa Bay in a trade for Matt Joyce last December)," Cash told the Tampa Tribune. "But he's added to it now. ... The season he had last year and just watching him over the years, it seemed like for a while he was the guy that had the filthy stuff but didn't always put it together. But then last year everything clicked for him, and I thought he very much backed it up, first in spring training and (through) every outing he's had (since)."

Jepsen owns a 1.50 ERA in six appearances this season.


Rays' Kevin Jepsen saves Steve Geltz's win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Kevin Jepsen earned his first save of the year, pitching a perfect ninth inning in the Rays' win on Tuesday. 

Jepsen's one-two-three inning made a winner of reliever Steve Geltz , who retired all four batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings to earn his first career win. 


Rays' Cash changes course, plans to take closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) A day after indicating Brad Boxberger would be the team's closer while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday he is not going to name a closer, per the Tampa Bay Times. Cash added they will use several relievers in save situations.

"There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those leveraged situations," Cash said, per MLB.com. "But it just doesn't make sense to come out and name a closer when the game could be on the line in the seventh or eighth inning."

Cash added they will revisit the closer situation once McGee comes off the disabled list. McGee is expected to miss the first month of the season.

Along with Boxberger, Grant Balfour, Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri could all be used in save situations.

"We're comfortable with all of our bullpen options," Cash said. "I don't see us leaning toward anybody just waiting to pitch the ninth inning."


Rays' Cash plans to use Kevin Jepsen in high-leverage situations


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said reliever Kevin Jepsen will be used in "very significant leveraged roles" in 2015, per MLB.com.

"As for specific innings, we don't have that," Cash said. "But as far as plenty of game-on-the-line, high-leveraged situations."

Cash added Jepsen, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Angels, has been as good as advertised. The right-hander has a 1.80 ERA through five relief appearances this spring.

"Came in with pretty dominant stuff," Cash said. "His innings, him and [Brad Boxberger's], they've had really clean innings. They've done a nice job. Quiet. Which is nice. No hiccups or anything like that.

"Fastball's been good. [Velocity] command and his breaking ball, that's the one pitch you really notice from the side. That thing just drops off the table when he snaps it off. So I'm excited that we have him and the roles that we'll use him in during the season."


Rays RHP Kevin Jepsen sees 'friendly competition' for closer role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Rays right-hander Kevin Jepsen told reporters that it'll be a "friendly competition" between his bullpen-mates for the closer role. With Jake McGee not set to return from elbow surgery at least until May, Jepsen could be in competition with last year's closer, Grant Balfour.

"I think it's a friendly competition," Jepsen said. "I think it's always a good thing when you have competition amongst players going into the season. [It] keeps everybody hungry. A lot of times during Spring Training, you're just getting your work in. But anytime there's a chance to move up or be in a different role than you're used to, it brings out some good competition and only makes you better."


Rays, Kevin Jepsen agree to one-year, $3.025 million deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Rays and right-hander Kevin Jepsen have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.025 million contract, according to the Tampa Bay Times on Friday.

Jepsen was traded from the Angels to the Rays in December. He went 13-18 with a 3.94 ERA over seven seasons for the Angels. He had a career-high 75 strikeouts in 65 innings in 2014, while posting a career-low 2.63 ERA.


Rays trade Matt Joyce to Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Rays traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for reliever Kevin Jepsen.

"Matt was an important part of this team for the last six seasons. We appreciate his many contributions to the Rays on the field, and the professionalism he brought to the ballpark," Rays vice president of baseball operations Erik Neander said. “We’re excited about the experience Kevin brings to the bullpen, and his ability to pitch in key moments of the game."

Joyce, who was an All-Star in 2011, spent six of his seven seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay. He heads to Los Angeles with a .250/.342/.441/.783 slash line in 725 career games. Joyce has a .104 average, one home run and seven RBI in 19 games at Angel Stadium.

Jepsen is 13-18 with a 3.94 ERA over seven seasons for the Angels. He had a career-high 75 strikeouts in 65 innings in 2014, while posting a career-low 2.63 ERA.


Report: Angels' Richards, Freese expected to be tendered offers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Angels are expected to tender a contract offer to third baseman David Freese by Tuesday's deadline, according to the Los Angeles Times. Freese is expected to make $6.3 million in arbitration.

However, the team is not expected to tender an offer to infielder Gordon Beckham. The team would like to have Beckham back on the roster next season, but not for the $5 million he is projected to make in his third year of arbitration.

The Angels are also expected to tender offers to Garrett Richards, Kevin Jepsen, Hector Santiago, Fernando Salas and Collin Cowgill.


Kevin Jepsen picks up a save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen picked up the save Friday against the Twins.

Jepsen entered with a one-run lead, and managed to shut the door. He pitched a perfect inning, inducing three groundouts. It was Jepsen's second save of the season. He entered the game after Huston Street blew a save chance the previous inning. 


Kevin Jepsen struggles, but nails down save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Angels pitcher Kevin Jepsen picked up a save Monday against the Red Sox.

Huston Street had seen work in a few games recently, and was not available during the game. Jepsen had a three-run lead in the final inning, but managed to make things interesting. Jepsen gave up two straight singles to open the inning. With the tying run at the plate with no outs, Jepsen managed to get out of it. He allowed one run to score on a groundout, but did not allow the other base-runners to come around. It was Jepsen's first save of the season.


Kevin Jepsen allows unearned run in walkoff loss Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Angels pitcher Kevin Jepsen was stuck with a loss Tuesday, giving up an unearned run on two hits while striking out one in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Dodgers.

Jepsen (0-1) saw the winning run cross the plate with one out after third baseman David Freese committed his second error of the game. The reliever hadn't allowed any runs since June 21 before the unearned run decided Tuesday's game. Jepsen owns a 1.74 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 56:18 K:BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings.