28-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Entering 2017, Herrera was expected to be a reliable closer, based on a solid five-year run as one of the best setup men in the game. He recorded a 2.57 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 106 holds in that span, with...
Kelvin Herrera Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, $7.937,500 deal with the Royals in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Herrera allowed one earned run and struck out one to earn the hold Thursday against the Mets.
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|2018 (Multiple Teams)||28||MAJ||KC/WAS||38||0||0||36.3||31||8||5||32||8||2||1||14||2||2||1.98||1.07|
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Kelvin Herrera||3-Year Averages||69||0||0||67.0||56||23||6||68||19||3||4||12||5||17||3.09||1.12|
|Career (View All)||453||0||0||452.0||383||140||39||448||134||24||27||57||–||–||2.79||1.14|
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|Last 14 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched: Avg. 0.9 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
11 Games Pitched: Avg. 1.0 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
22 Games Pitched: Avg. 1.0 IP/G
Kelvin Herrera Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|2018 (Multiple Teams)||28||MAJ||KC/WAS||38||0||36.3||7.93||1.98||4.00||1.24||0.86||91.2%||96.5 MPH||1.98||3.91||.270|
|Next 7 Days||0||0||2.8||9.14||2.87||3.18||0.87||–||71%||–||3.96||3.39||.324|
|Rest Of Season||0||0||28.3||9.02||2.92||3.09||0.97||–||71.4%||–||3.99||3.57||.319|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Kelvin Herrera||3-Year Averages||69||0||67.0||9.13||2.55||3.58||0.81||–||75.4%||–||3.09||3.19||.293|
Kelvin Herrera Defensive Stats
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2018 Stat Review for Kelvin Herrera As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)
A collection of stats that measure different skills.
A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.
Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.
Washington Nationals Roster
MajorsAdams, Matt (1B)
AAAAdams, Austin (P)
AAAbreu, Osvaldo (SS)
A+Agustin, Telmito (OF)
AAntuna, Yasel (SS)
RookieAlvarado, Elvis (OF)
Kelvin Herrera: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
For the fourth straight season, Herrera registered at least 20 holds, joining Tony Watson as the only relievers to accomplish the feat. Skills-wise, Herrera took his game to a new level, combining a return to a double-digit strikeout rate with a precipitous drop in walks. Integral to Herrera's improvement was throwing fewer fastballs, dropping from 75 percent heaters to 60, while introducing a plus slider to his arsenal. Herrera's fantasy owners got a bonus when the dominant righty assumed closing duties while Wade Davis was on the disabled list, converting all 10 of his save opportunities in that span. With Davis getting dealt to the reigning world champs in the offseason, the ninth inning will belong to Herrera going forward. He was useful even when he was not getting saves on a regular basis, and now he should be viewed as a top-10 closer, as he has the skills and has shown himself capable of handling the role.
Herrera has now posted two straight stellar seasons and is a major reason for the success of the Kansas City bullpen. He led the team in holds at 21 and struck out 64 batters in 69 innings, which led to the first All-Star selection of his career. Herrera throws in the upper-90s and complements it with a changeup in the upper-80s, which makes him very tough to hit. He will likely continue to fire bullets at the back end of the Kansas City bullpen in 2016.
Herrera was nearly untouchable in the second half of 2014, allowing just two earned runs after the All-Star break and failing to surrender a single home run on his way to posting a spectacular 1.41 ERA. A 3.50 xFIP suggests that his home ballpark and 85.5% strand rate may have partially contributed to that earned run average, however, and it's also worth noting his .274 BABIP represented a three-year low. The right-handed reliever relied more on his fastball than in any other of his major league seasons, and rightfully so, as he was able to blow by hitters and often hit triple-digits on the radar gun. Despite the improved ratio numbers, Herrera's strikeout rate dipped a bit last season, as he fanned nearly three less batters per nine innings than he did in his career-best 2013 campaign. He's once again in line to take on a seventh-inning role in front of Wade Davis and closer Greg Holland in 2015, which likely limits his fantasy value to leagues that count holds. However, if either Holland or Davis succumb to injury or a severe cold streak, Herrera would then be a solid candidate for an immediate add.
After an outstanding showing in 2012, Herrera was slated to bridge the gap between middle relief and closer Greg Holland and man the eighth inning. However, while his strikeout rate climbed to an impressive 30.2%, command issues haunted him regularly on the hill. His K/9 jumped from a 2.2 to 3.2 in 2013, he continuously fell behind in counts and often just served the ball up over the plate, which resulted in a disastrous 18 percent HR/FB. The Royals worked hard at trying to correct the issues, sending him down to the minors on more than one occasion, but ultimately deemed the problem more mental than mechanical. He enjoyed a fantastic month of August, but fell back into his struggles once again to close out the season. Herrera is just 24 years old and has far too much promise to put much stock into one bad season. Look for him to get back on track in 2014 and return to the level of dominance that made him one of the more feared relievers in 2012.
When Herrera raced through the Royals system, going from High-A to the majors in a single season back in 2011, the hope was that he would provide strong bullpen support in 2012, but expectations were still kept in check. After a strong spring, Herrera earned himself a permanent spot in the bullpen and went on to have a fantastic season, finishing up with a 2.35 ERA and 77 strikeouts over 84.1 innings. He posted a 3.7 K/BB, a 0.4 HR/9 and an extremely impressive 80.9 percent strand rate which was why he was Ned Yost's most trusted reliever and made a team-high 76 appearances. Herrera will likely remain in his setup role to open the 2013 season but with 98 mph heat and a very deceptive 87 mph changeup, do not be surprised if he is mentioned as a candidate for saves if the Royals need closer help at some point.
Herrera saw all that the Royals farm system had to offer in 2011, as he spent time at High-A Wilmington, Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, before eventually getting a cup of espresso in the majors. Pitching solely out of the bullpen, Herrera racked up 70 strikeouts and 15 walks with a 1.60 ERA over 67.2 innings in his minor league travels. Armed with a 96-mph fastball that he can command for strikes, Herrera was named the Pitcher of the Year in the Royals minor league system. Only 22, he's ready to help in the bullpen, possibly even at the back end of it in a setup role this season.