Kevin Kiermaier, Right Field, Tampa Bay Rays, #39
Date of Birth: 4/22/1990
Birthplace: Ft. Wayne, Indiana
College: Parkland College
Current Salary: $3,166,666
Kevin Kiermaier, right fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, was drafted by the Rays in 2010. He played in the Rays' minor league system from 2010 through the beginning of 2014. In 410 games in the minors, he had 402 hits, 122 RBIs, 86 stolen bases, and a .278 batting average.
In 2013, Kiermaier played in just one game with the Rays. He finished the 2014 season with 87 hits, 15 doubles, 35 RBIs, 71 strikeouts to 23 walks, and a .263 batting average in 108 games. Defensively, he made 237 putouts and 6 errors in 42 games in center field, 1 game in left field, and 68 games in right field.
Kiermaier batted .263 with 133 hits, 25 doubles, 18 stolen bases, and 40 RBIs in 151 games in 2015. He had an outstanding defensive season, winning his first Gold Glove and the Rawlings Platinum Glove as the best defensive player in the American League. As a center fielder, he made 410 putouts and 5 errors and he had a .988 fielding percentage in 148 games.
Kiermaier spent time on the DL with a fractured hand in 2016. In 105 games with the Rays, he batted .246 with 90 hits, 20 doubles, 12 home runs, and 37 RBIs. Defensively, he again had a good season and he won his second consecutive Gold Glove. As the Rays' center fielder in 104 games, he made 264 putouts and 2 errors.
Kiermaier and the Rays agreed to a new six-year, $53.5 million contract on March 20, 2017. The contract includes a club option for 2023.
Career batting statistics for Kiermaier through 2016 include:
- 365 games played
- 310 hits
- 112 RBIs
- 240 strikeouts to 87 walks
- .258 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Kiermaier as a center fielder through 2016 include:
- 295 games played
- 774 putouts
- 8 errors
- .990 fielding percentage