Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
2 weeks ago

Herrera will receive $5.325 million for the 2017 season, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals' closer settled at the midpoint of his asking price and the team's offer in arbitration. Herrera's elite skills will now be accompanied by saves after the team traded Wade Davis to the Cubs this offseason. Assuming he holds the role all season, Herrera has the potential to finish as a top-10 fantasy closer.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
2 months ago

Herrera appears in line to take over as the Royals' closer after the team traded Wade Davis to the Cubs on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The 26-year-old Herrera proved plenty capable of handling closer duties while Davis was out with a forearm injury this past season, going 12-for-13 in save opportunities. Herrera was one of the more dominant relievers the game throughout the year, striking batters out at a 30.4 percent clip on the strength of a 15.2 percent swinging-strike rate. He also cut his walk rate by more than half, posting a 4.2 percent mark (down from 9.1 percent). The right-hander throws 97 and can change speeds while mixing in a slider and curveball -- he has a strong case to be a top-10 closer in drafts in 2017.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
5 months ago

Herrera notched his 12th save in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Tigers, pitching a perfect ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

He was particularly sharp while disposing of Erick Aybar, Andrew Romine and Jose Iglesias on just 10 pitches after the Royals had made a spectacular five-run comeback in the ninth. Herrera did a solid job as the closer while Wade Davis endured a DL stint earlier in the summer, and has converted 12 of 15 save opportunities this season while also amassing 26 holds.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
6 months ago

Herrera picked up a four-out save and didn't allow a run despite a pair of hits in Monday's game against the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

This marks Herrera's first save longer than a single inning and just his second outing of more than three outs all year long. Since taking over for the injured Wade Davis on August 1, Herrera has converted all 10 save opportunities with a brilliant 18:1 K:BB. Davis is expected back within the week, but Herrera may continue to see closing opportunities as Davis works his way back into form.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
6 months ago

Herrera notched his 10th save in Friday's 6-3 victory over the Red Sox with a scoreless ninth inning in which he gave up two hits.

EDGE Analysis

The 26-year-old now has eight straight scoreless appearances, and Friday marked the first time he'd given up a hit since Aug. 10 against the White Sox. He converted all nine of his save chances in August as well while generating a 2.77 ERA and sparkling 16:1 K:BB over 13 innings. Factoring in the 23 holds he's also racked up in 2016, Herrera has been the likely MVP of a Royals bullpen that endured the loss of Wade Davis (elbow) in late July, an injury which thrust the 26-year-old into his current closer role.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
6 months ago

Herrera earned his ninth save of the year Thursday while striking out two Marlins in a clean inning.

EDGE Analysis

Herrera's effort Thursday made him a perfect 8-for-8 this month in save chances. He hasn't allowed a run in seven straight appearances, but even more impressive is that the right-hander hasn't allowed a base runner over his last six games (six innings). During his current stretch of clean frames, Herrera has notched nine strikeouts. It doesn't get much better than what the Royals' closer has been offering up as of late.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
6 months ago

Herrera struck out one in a clean ninth to pick up his eighth save of the season Tuesday against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Despite being tagged with two losses this month, Herrera has now converted all seven of his save chances in August. He owns a stellar 13:1 K:BB over his last 11 innings, and has faced the minimum in six consecutive appearances. The right-handed Herrera is seemingly locked in as the team's closer, as Joakim Soria was once again used as the setup man for Herrera in this one.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
6 months ago

Herrera pitched a perfect ninth inning while striking out one to earn his seventh save of 2016 on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Herrera hasn't allowed an earned run in any of his six save opportunities since taking over the closer role this month, and he boasts a 1.94 ERA to go with a 0.86 WHIP on the year. This is the second time in his five full seasons that he's posted an ERA under two.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
6 months ago

Herrera nailed down his fifth save in Monday's 3-1 win over the Tigers, striking out two in a clean ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

Herrera was allowed to work the ninth inning while Joakim Soria got the hold with a perfect eighth. The 26-year-old has rebounded well with consecutive scoreless appearances following a 10th-inning debacle against the White Sox.

Kelvin Herrera
RP KC
6 months ago

Herrera (1-4) allowed three runs on three hits in a tie game in the 10th inning to take the loss Tuesday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Herrera is still perfect in save situations since Wade Davis was placed on the disabled list, but he served up a three-run home run to Todd Frazier that turned out to be the game winner Tuesday night. Still, Herrera owns a sharp 2.13 ERA, and this one bad outing shouldn't do much to change the current bullpen arrangement in which he and Joakim Soria are splitting save opportunities until Davis returns.