Kelvin Herrera, Relief Pitcher, Kansas City Royals, #40


Date of Birth: 12/31/1989
Birthplace: Tenares, Dominican Republic
Current Salary: $5,325,000

Kelvin Herrera, relief pitcher/closer for the Kansas City Royals, signed with the Royals in December, 2006. He pitched in their minor league system from 2007 through most of 2011, joining the Royals for just 2 games in 2011. He was both a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher from 2007 through 2010 and just a relief pitcher in 2011.

Herrera pitched in a career high 76 games with the Royals in 2012. He finished the season with 4 wins and 3 losses, 3 saves, 77 strikeouts to 21 walks, and a 2.35 ERA in a career high 84.1 innings. The following season, he had a 3.86 ERA in 59 games.

In 2014, Herrera had a career low ERA of 1.41 in 70 games. The following season, he had a 2.71 ERA in 72 games. In the 2015 postseason, when the Royals won the World Series, he pitched 13.2 innings in 11 games. He gave up 10 hits and 2 runs and he had a 0.66 ERA. He struck out 22 batters while walking just 3.

Herrera had career highs in saves (12) and strikeouts (86 to 12 walks) in 2016. He finished the season with 2 wins and 6 losses and a 2.75 ERA in 72.0 innings in 72 games.

Career pitching statistics for Herrera through 2016 include:

  • 351 games played
  • 356.1 innings pitched
  • 19-23 win-loss record
  • 17 saves
  • 360 strikeouts to 106 walks
  • 2.63 ERA

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Kelvin Herrera
ESPN - Kelvin Herrera