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40 Kelvin Herrera RP
Height/Weight: 5-10/200 | Birthdate: 12/31/1989 | Birthplace: Tenares, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 4/3 | Average Draft Position: 302.32
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Report: Royals receiving calls for Kelvin Herrera


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Royals have been receiving calls regarding the availability of reliever Kelvin Herrera, Jayson Stark of ESPN reports.

Although the Royals are telling teams they prefer not to break up their bullpen, the shortage of free agent bats are forcing Kansas City to at least listen to offers this offseason. According to Stark, one rival executive views Herrera as a "potential closer."

Herrera, 24, spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Royals, registering a 2.56 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 214 2/3 innings of relief.


Kelvin Herrera diagnosed with flexor strain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been diagnosed with a "slight" flexor strain, the Kansas City Star reports.

Herrera is unavailable to pitch in Game 2 after suffering the injury Thursday and going for an MRI Friday. His status for the rest of the series has yet to be determined.


Kelvin Herrera leaves with injury Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera left Thursday's game early due to an injury.

Herrera entered in the bottom of the seventh inning, and walked the only batter he faced. A trainer came out to the mound following the at-bat, and Herrera was removed. The did not record an out during his appearance. Herrera was taken out with a right forearm injury.


Kelvin Herrera ends scoreless streak, takes loss vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera was hung with a loss Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 7-5 defeat against the White Sox.

Though Herrera (3-3) was the pitcher charged with the loss, he wasn't the one who gave up the decisive hit, as the following pitcher surrendered a bases-loaded triple to turn a one-run lead into a two-run deficit. Herrera owns a 1.55 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 55:24 K:BB ratio in 64 innings after allowing his first runs since June 24, ending a string of 30 straight scoreless appearances.


Kelvin Herrera picks up third relief win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera (3-2) picked up his third relief win Monday night at home against the Athletics. Herrera struck out two and needed 18 pitches to retire the side in order in the seventh. He owns a 1.62 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 50 innings of relief.

Royals have no plans to convert Kelvin Herrera to starter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera pitched in the Dominican Winter League this offseason, making five appearances, including three starts. However, the Royals aren't converting Herrera, who went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings, into a starter.

"The mindset there is just to continue to develop his pitches and continue to build confidence in his breaking ball and, throwing multiple innings in each outing as opposed to one inning, it lends itself better to do that," assistant general manager J.J. Picollo told MLB.com.


Kelvin Herrera expected to be recalled Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) The Royals are expected to recall pitcher Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha Friday, according to multiple reports. Herrera, who was placed on the taxi squad Thursday, is 3-5 with a 5.20 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 33:15 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings with the Royals.

Royals mulling recall for Kelvin Herrera


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2013) The Royals are considering calling up relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera, the Kansas City Star reports.

Herrera was awful in 29 games with the big club earlier this year, as he allowed a 5.20 ERA and served up eight home runs. He has dialed it in with Triple-A Omaha, however, as he has 17 strikeouts against two walks in 11 2/3 scoreless innings -- which means, of course, no home runs.

It's unclear when the Royals would make the move, but the Royals open the second half Friday against Detroit, so likely there won't be a decision until then.


Kelvin Herrera moved to Double-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2013) Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been moved to Double-A so he can pitch during the Triple-A All-Star break, according to the Kansas City Star.

Herrera had a rough start to the season in the majors. Through 27 2/3 innings, he had a 5.20 ERA. Herrera was demoted to Triple-A twice to work out his issues. He's been much better in the minors, but the team doesn't want him to miss out on extra work. In 16 innings, Herrera has a 1.03 ERA at Triple-A Omaha. He'll likely get some work over the Triple-A break and return to the club once games resume. 


Kelvin Herrera sent back to Omaha


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2013) The Royals optioned reliever Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha Tuesday. Herrera was demoted after posting a 6.14 ERA in 10 outings since his latest recall June 5.

Herrera had managed six straight scoreless appearances from June 5-16 before getting tagged for five runs in his last four outings.


Kelvin Herrera back in Royals' bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2013) The Royals recalled reliever Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha Tuesday. Herrera threw five scoreless outings (4 2/3 innings) following his demotion to Omaha in late May.

Royals demote struggling reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2013) The Royals optioned reliever Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha Thursday. Herrera was 2-4 with a 4.87 ERA and two saves for Kansas City.

Herrera, however, has been struggling since mid-April. He is 1-4 with a 6.60 ERA and eight home runs allowed in his last 13 appearances (15 innings).


Kelvin Herrera allows homer in defeat


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2013) Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera combined with Tim Collins for an ugly eighth inning on Saturday afternoon in Boston.  

Herrera entered after Collins had allowed a double, walk and a double play. With a runner on base, Herrera walked Mike Napoli. He then allowed a three-run home run to Daniel Nava for the blown save.

The Royals couldn't rally, so Herrera got the loss. Herrera (1-2) has a 7.36 ERA.

Kelvin Herrera not such a hot stash anymore


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/17/2013) I'm still of the belief Kelvin Herrera will take over as the Royals' closer at some point this year. I think he's more talented than Greg Holland, and I think the Royals like him more.

But after he allowed four home runs in the eighth inning against the Braves Tuesday, I'm not counting on it happening anytime soon. That outing pretty much elemenated whatever leverage he had gained over the struggling Holland. If I'm looking for immediate saves help, I'm picking up Edward Mujica or even Jose Valverde instead.


Walk-off lands Kelvin Herrera with win


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2013) Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera picked up his first win in Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays.

The right-hander worked a perfect ninth inning with the score tied at 2-2 and was rewarded with the victory when Alex Gordon hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the frame.

Herrera (1-0) has yet to allow a run through 5 1/3 innings while striking out 11. He has also converted both of his save chances.

Kelvin Herrera fills in for second save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2013) Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was asked to get three outs in the ninth Wednesday with a 3-0 lead against the Twins. Unlike Greg Holland, Herrera made it look easy with three strikeouts. 

Herrera, who will go back to being a setup man going forward as Holland was just getting a rest, allowed one hit and earned his second save of the year. He needed 21 pitches and his ERA is perfect. 

Despite Herrera not having allowed a run on just two hits over 4 1/3 innings, manager Ned Yost reiterated Wednesday that Holland is his man. Never mind that Herrera already has two saves in two chances with 10 strikeouts. 


Stash Kelvin Herrera, not Aaron Crow


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/9/2013) Aaron Crow may have closed out the Royals' 3-1 win over the Twins Monday, but manager Ned Yost made a point to say it was only because closer Greg Holland and setup man Kelvin Herrera were unavailable, which seems to imply that Herrera is the backup option for saves in Kansas City.

That's worth noting because, in case you haven't noticed, closer Greg Holland has been pretty shaky, blowing a save one day and getting pulled from a save opportunity the next. It's also not too surprising considering the buzz this offseason that Herrera might be a better choice to close than Holland.

If you're looking for a sleeper for saves in the Royals' bullpen, Herrera is the reliever to stash.


Kelvin Herrera is not a great add


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/9/2013) I can see just one scenario in which a Fantasy owner would want to pick up Kelvin Herrera: if he owns Greg Holland and needs a safety net. I can't see Herrera taking the Royals' closer role away from Holland based on three games, and I would rather use that spot for a discarded John Axford or even a speculative stash on Brian Wilson. 

Just stats-wise, Holland has been the better pitcher than Herrera -- he has a higher K/9 and excelled as the closer last year, with a 1.98 ERA and 16 saves from Aug. 1 on. Herrera was solid as a reliever last year (2.35 ERA and 1.18 WHIP), but he struck out less than a batter per inning, and only sported an 8.7 K/9 in the minors (granted, some of that was as a starter).

Converted full-time to reliever in 2011, Herrera had a sparkling 1.60 ERA across three levels in the minors, but saw his ERA increase as he went from High-A (0.61) to Double-A (1.75) to Triple-A (2.12). These are still stellar numbers, but show that he was a far better pitcher at the lower levels. Additionally, Ned Yost pointed out that Holland is a notorious slow starter (he had an 11.37 ERA in 6 1/3 April innings last year). 

I like Herrera as a middle reliever with decent ratio and strikeout numbers in Roto leagues who can contribute in holds. However, I cannot get behind him as a replacement closer for a team that has a better pitcher already in the role.


Kelvin Herrera records save Sunday


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2013) Kelvin Herrera had a one-out save Sunday after Greg Holland got into trouble in the ninth inning against Philadelphia.

Herrera struck out Erik Kratz after Holland allowed a run on two hits and got one out. Manager Ned Yost said earlier the Royals would stick with Holland, who blew a save Saturday, as closer. But after Sunday, Herrera could be in line to inherit the role. 


Herrera gets second save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2012) With regular closer Greg Holland having pitched three days in a row, the Royals turned to reliever Kelvin Herrera to close out a two-run lead over the Indians. Herrera allowed a pair of base runners in the game, one on a single and another on a walk, but he was able to strike out Carlos Santana with two outs to end the game.