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39 Kevin Kiermaier RF
Height/Weight: 6-1/200 | Birthdate: 4/22/1990 | Birthplace: Ft. Wayne, IN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 21/11 | Average Draft Position: 186.67
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Kevin Keirmaier back in lineup Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Keirmaier is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, after leaving the previous night with a lower back injury. He is batting ninth and starting in right field for the game.  

Kevin Kiermaier exits game with lower back issues


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Monday's game against the Rangers because of lower back tightness. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters he may be able to play on Tuesday, per the Tampa Bay Times. Kiermaier is hitting .284 with nine homers and 29 RBI in 215 at-bats.

Kevin Kiermaier slugs ninth home run in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 1 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 7-3 victory over the A's Wednesday.

Kiermaier brought home the first run of the game on a second-inning groundout then popped a two-run home run to right field in his next at-bat. It was just his second home run since the beginning of July, and he's managed just three hits in 21 at-bats this month. Kiermaier owns a .288/.341/.517 line with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 205 at-bats.


Walks keeping Kevin Kiermaier valuable despite mini-slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Rays surprising rookie right fielder Kevin Kiermaier has cooled off a bit with the bat lately, but his eye at the plate has made up for it.

Kiermaier has just one hit in his last eight at-bats after an 11-for-18 tear, but has five walks in the last three games as his on-base percentage remains strong at .360. His eight home runs in 170 at-bats has resulted in a fine .553 slugging percentage this season.


Kevin Kiermaier stays hot atop lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Making his first start at the leadoff spot Saturday, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 3 for 4 with one walk, one double and three RBI in his team's 10-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Kiermaier took over center field in the third inning Friday after an injury to regular leadoff man Desmond Jennings, and he found himself back in center and leading off Saturday. Now 8 for 11 in his last three games, Kiermaier has hit .310/.345/.581 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 155 at-bats.


Kevin Kiermaier knocks a grand slam Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier blasted a grand slam Wednesday against the Royals.

With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Kiermaier stepped to the plate against Yordano Ventura. On the fifth pitch of the at-bat, Kiermaier hammered an 88 mph curveball out to right for the grand slam. He also added three singles during the game.

Kiermaier finished 4 for 4, with one run scored and four RBI.


Kevin Kiermaier cools off in the heat of July


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Rays rookie right fielder Kevin Kiermaier was due for a slow-down at the plate as torrid as he was in June - and that cooling-off period began on July 1.

Kiermaier has five hitless performances in seven games since the calendar turned. He is 4 for 27 during that time, though it must be noted that all four of those hits came in the last three games. His stat line is still strong at .286/.322/.557. He also has seven home runs and 17 RBI in 140 at-bats.


Kevin Kiermaier homers in third straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier might be one of the most dangerous hitters in the Tampa Bay lineup right now after he homered for the third straight game Monday at N.Y. Yankees. He also tied a season-best with three hits in a 4-3 win.

Kiermaier connected for his seventh home run when he led off the third inning with a solo shot off David Phelps. This is the most amount of home runs Kiermaier has had at any level in his pro career.

The rookie outfielder is batting .327 with a .373 on-base percentage, .624 slugging percentage and .996 OPS in his last 30 games. He has two triples, eight doubles, six home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs in that span.


Kevin Kiermaier homers in triumph over Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Rays rookie right fielder Kevin Kiermaier achieved his first two-hit game since June 14 on Saturday in Baltimore. One of those hits was a two-run homer in the fourth that gave his team a 5-0 lead.

Kiermaier owns a four-game hitting streak and a fine .301/.2348/.563 stat line on the season.


Kevin Kiermaier trying to emerge from slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier contributed a sac fly and RBI bunt single during a 5-1 win Wednesday against the Pirates. He finished 1 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Kiermaier entered play Wednesday mired in a 9-for-40 slump in his previous 13 games, which dropped his season average from .362 to .299.


Kevin Kiermaier more of an AL-only option


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/6/2014) Kevin Kiermaier may be a defensive whiz, but if like most Fantasy owners, you care more about what he has to contribute offensively, you may want to steer clear of him on the waiver wire.

His three home runs so far are a complete anomaly. He never hit more than six in a minor-league season -- and that was in 508 at-bats. He did show some extra-base pop and runs fast enough to make the most of it, but he wasn't an especially consistent contact hitter in the minors and has so far struck out in about one-third of his at-bats in the majors.

His defense should keep him in the lineup with Wil Myers out, and if the Rays choose to take advantage of his speed, he could contribute a relevant number of stolen bases. But altogether, what he contributes should amount to nothing more than AL-only production.


Kevin Kiermaier reaches four times Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier reached in all four of his plate appearances Thursday.

Kiermaier started things off with a double in the second inning. He hit his third home run of the year in his next at-bat. He would also walk in the sixth, and single in the eighth. Kiermaier finished 3 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Kevin Kiermaier goes deep in rare start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Keirmaier received a rare start Saturday against the Red Sox, and made an impact in Wil Myers' place.

Keirmaier started in right field and batted seventh in the lineup, and was one of just two Rays to log multiple hits. He went 2 for 3 in the game and produced the Rays only run of the game, a solo home run. It was his second home run of the season.

Keirmaier hasn't received much playing time for the Rays so far, appearing in seven games and racking up 15 at-bats. He is hitting .333/.333/.733 in that limited time.


Kevin Kiermaier gets the call Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was called up Wednesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Kiermaier will replace Ryan Hanigan on the roster. Hanigan hit the disabled list due to a hamstring issue Wednesday. Kiermaier has already been up with the club, hitting .250 over 12 at-bats.


Rays send Kevin Kiermaier to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) The Rays optioned outfielder Kevin Kiermaier to Triple-A Durham after Wednesday's game to clear a roster spot for Thursday starter Alex Cobb.

Kiermaier is 3 for 12 with one home run and two RBI in five appearances with the Rays this season. He returns to a .322/.372/.483 line in 118 at-bats with Durham.


Kevin Kiermaier recalled from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) The Rays recalled outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from Triple-A Durham on Friday, per the Tampa Tribune. Kiermaier is hitting .322 with six homers, 10 stolen bases and 10 RBI in 118 at-bats at Triple-A.

Rays option Kevin Kiermaier, recall Erik Bedard


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) The Rays optioned outfielder Kevin Kiermaier to Triple-A Durham Saturday and recalled pitcher Erik Bedard.

Kiermaier went 0 for 4 Saturday in his only appearance with the Rays. Bedard will pitch out of the bullpen after giving up one earned run in four innings in his only appearance with Durham this season.


Rays recall Kevin Kiermaier from Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) The Rays have recalled outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from Triple-A Durham, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Kiermaier hit .310 with a .586 slugging percentage, .909 OPS, one triple, two home runs and seven RBI in seven games for Durham.


Rays send seven down to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) The Rays announced several roster moves on Thursday.

The team optioned pitchers Nathan Karns, Kirby Yates, C.J. Riefenhauser and Jeff Beliveau, infielders Vince Belnome and Hak-Ju Lee, and outfielder Kevin Kiermaier to minor-league camp. The team also re-assigned outfielder Mikie Mahtook to minor-league camp.

Rays 'excited' about Kevin Kiermaier's future


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Most prospects garner recognition in the minors because of the offensive numbers they produce, but not every case is like that. In the case of Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, he's built his reputation on defense.

"In our opinion, Kevin Kiermaier might be the best defensive outfielder in our organization, at any level," executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told MLB.com. "He is fearless, gets tremendous jumps, runs well and has a great arm."

Kiermaier had his best season offensively in 2013, batting .295 with a .362 on-base percentage, six home runs, 15 triples, 21 doubles, 21 stolen bases and 89 runs in 136 games between Double-A and Triple-A.

"I think the difference I've seen in the last couple of years is his ability to recognize pitches earlier," said Michael Johns, who was Kiermaier's first manager at Rookie League Princeton. "That's the biggest thing. Now he's starting to drive the ball. He's doing the things that will keep you in the major leagues a long time. He's one of those guys who is really fun to watch."

Kiermaier will be vying for a spot on the major-league roster this spring. Even if he opens the year in the minors, the Rays like his long-term outlook.

"His offense really came on this year as well, and if that continues, he can be an everyday player in the big leagues," Friedman said. "There are still some things Kevin needs to refine, but we're excited about his future."


Kevin Kiermaier gets final Rays Wild Card roster spot


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier earned the final roster spot for Wednesday's Wild Card game against Cleveland.

Kiermaier has a reputation as an excellent defensive outfielder, and as such he could be used as a defensive replacement late in the game. He hit .295/.362/.431 between Double-A and Triple-A with 21 stolen bases.


Rays call up Kevin Kiermaier


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/30/2013) The Rays recalled outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from Triple-A Durham on Friday. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Kiermaier was summoned as a potential defensive replacement for Monday's tiebreaker game at the Rangers, since Desmond Jennings is starting in center field, and he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Kiermaier hit .263 with seven stolen bases in 39 games with Durham.