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Thu, 23 May 2013 13:21:39 -0700
Kansas City Royals RP Kelvin Herrera was optioned to Triple-A Omaha Thursday, May 23, and RP Louis Coleman was recalled in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Herrera has struggled mightily this season, and he's been hurt by the long ball (eight homers in 20 1/3 innings). Expect Herrera to come back up when the team thinks he's ready. In the meantime, Aaron Crow, Tim Collins and Luke Hochevar could mix and match in eighth-inning setup duties to Greg Holland. None of the trio are worth a handcuff to Holland unless you're in a really deep AL league.
Mon, 20 May 2013 16:53:22 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he's looking to "mix and match" different relievers in the eighth inning to give RP Kelvin Herrera a chance to pitch in lower-leverage situations. RPs Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, Luke Hochevar or even Bruce Chen could become the primary setup man to RP Greg Holland while Herrera works on some things. Herrera allowed a game-winning homer Sunday, May 19, and it was his eighth homer allowed in his last 14 innings.
Fantasy Tip: There's no telling who might emerge as the new eighth-inning setup man, or if Herrera will get the job back rather quickly. Herrera can be dropped now in most leagues as Holland's primary handcuff while he works out his problems in allowing the long ball.
Tue, 07 May 2013 13:28:35 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he'll choose between RPs Aaron Crow and Luke Hochevar for a save situation Tuesday, May 7, with RP Greg Holland being rested.
Fantasy Tip: Holland threw each of the last two nights, culminating in 27 offerings in his blown save last night. Crow and Kelvin Herrera haven't been pitching well, either, so Holland doesn't appear to be in any imminent danger of losing his job right now. If you own Crow, get him into your lineup, but don't make a dash to pick up Crow or Herrera unless you're in a deep AL league and are scouring for potential save sources.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:24:50 -0700
Kansas City Royals RP Greg Holland closed out both games of the doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, April 21, and he appears to be firmly set in the team's closer role after starting the year out in a rough patch. "I was wondering," manager Ned Yost admitted, "what his stuff was going to be like after saving the first game. He came out and had dynamic stuff in the second game." Holland and the coaching staff determined that he was overusing his fastball to try and get ahead of hitters instead of mixing in his three pitches aggressively. Holland has now retired all nine hitters he's faced in his last three outings.
Fantasy Tip: Yost hasn't lost confidence in Holland through his early season rough patch, so you shouldn't either. It'll take a much more prolonged slump out of him for Yost to consider giving Kelvin Herrera regular save opps. Herrera hit a rough patch of his own, but he's still worth owning in deeper leagues.
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:17:49 -0700
There is a belief that Kansas City Royals RP Kelvin Herrera may have been tipping his pitches during his outing against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, April 16, in which he surrendered three home runs. Herrera's hand placement appeared to have changed drastically from last night to his outing Wednesday, April 17, in which he had a clean inning.
Fantasy Tip: With an outing that bad, and the way the Braves hitters were sitting on his stuff, it's entirely plausible. Herrera owners shouldn't be worried, though, he has too good of stuff to have many more outings similar to last night's. He remains a solid handcuff option to Greg Holland.
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:56:14 -0800
Kansas City Royals RP Kelvin Herrera is making it a point to improve his curveball this spring. "I want to be able to mix that in more with my other pitches," he said. "I want to throw it more often. I want to gain enough confidence in my breaking ball to do that. I've been throwing it a lot (in practice), and I feel good about it."
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:51:29 -0800
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost thinks the team can get away with a seven-man bullpen this year, which is one less than they carried for much of last season. RPs Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera, Tim Collins and Aaron Crow are locks, and Ps Luke Hochevar, Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza could be battling for the final spot. Hochevar, Chen and Mendoza are also all out of minor league options.
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:56:34 -0700
Kansas City Royals RP Kelvin Herrera has not given up a run in 14 of his last 15 outings and has 19 strikeouts and just three walks in 17 innings over that time. "I think it's a normal adjustment," said Herrera, whose overall ERA is down to 2.55 in 53 appearances. "Everyone goes through that. I'm a rookie, and I want to do well. I've learned to control myself a lot better now, but I still have to keep working on it." Herrera has better learned to control his emotions on the bump; before, too often would he get too amped up, which would cause his 100 mph heat to straighten out. Because of his recent success, manager Ned Yost hasn't been afraid to use him with the game on the line in the ninth inning.
Herrera also recently started using a two-seam fastball, which sacrifices some velocity but offers more movement. "He's doing a really nice job now of changing speeds from a very solid hard fastball," Yost said. "His changeup has always been good. His breaking ball has been good. But changing speeds is going to be the key to his success."
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:48:52 -0700
Kansas City Royals RPs Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera are the top candidates to close with RP Jonathan Broxton being traded away. RP Aaron Crow is another possibility.
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:24:58 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said RPs Tim Collins, Jonathan Broxton, Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera will not be available to pitch Monday, June 18, because they pitched in the team's extra-inning game Sunday, June 17.