Kelvin Herrera RP KC 1 week ago
Herrera walked one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Giants.
After blowing his first save opportunity of the season, Herrera has settled down and converted three straight. His 5.1 K/9 through seven innings is less than half last year's pace, but his fastball remains crisp at an average velocity of 97.2 mph and there's still plenty of time for the 27-year-old to rack up plenty of strikeouts.
Kelvin Herrera RP KC 2 weeks ago
Herrera (1-0) tossed one scoreless inning while striking out one to earn his first victory of the season in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Angels.
Herrera entered a tie ballgame in the top of the ninth inning and saw Alcides Escobar hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the frame to give him the victory. The 27-year-old blew his first save chance of the season and allowed runs in back-to-back performances, but he has bounced back with two scoreless frames with a save and a win since. Herrera's slugging spring and start to the year shouldn't be much cause for concern. Expect elite peripherals and more save chances as we move forward.
Kelvin Herrera RP KC 3 weeks ago
Herrera blew the save Sunday after giving up a solo home run, the only hit he allowed, in the ninth inning against Houston.
Herrera waited six games to finally get a save opportunity, but the 27-year-old couldn't capitalize on it Sunday. According to Daren Willman of MLB.com, Jake Marisnick's game-tying shot in the ninth was the first time Herrera's slider has ever been hit out of the park. This certainly wasn't what owners had hoped to see after watching the right-hander put on an unimpressive performance in spring training. It's a little early to start worrying about Joakin Soria stealing the gig, but there's no doubt he's lurking should Herrera struggle through the first month.
Kelvin Herrera RP KC 1 month ago
Herrera has compiled a 3.86 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and seven strikeouts over seven innings in Cactus League play.
Herrera has been a little shakier than normal in spring training, but he's done little to jeopardize his standing as the Royals' closer to begin the season. The right-hander's 7:0 K:BB ratio is probably the more notable takeaway than his ERA, and his success on that front should afford him plenty of job security. With Herrera now set to pick up saves to go along with his typically impressive ratios, it's fair to view him as a top-10 fantasy closer, despite his lack of much prior experience in the ninth inning.
Kelvin Herrera RP KC 2 months ago
Herrera will make his Cactus League debut Monday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Kansas City's new save artist probably was being brought along slowly as he warms to his role. The right-hander enjoyed sizable improvements in his K/9 (10.75) and BB/9 (1.50) last year. The veteran boasts the upside to finish as a top-10 mixed-league closer.
Kelvin Herrera RP KC 3 months ago
Herrera will receive $5.325 million for the 2017 season, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
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 5 months ago
Herrera appears in line to take over as the Royals' closer after the team traded Wade Davis to the Cubs on Wednesday.
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 7 months ago
Herrera notched his 12th save in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Tigers, pitching a perfect ninth inning.
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 8 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.
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 8 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.
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.