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Royals demote Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A

May 23, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

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Kelvin Herrera was one of the best relievers in baseball last season as a 22-year-old rookie, throwing 84 innings with a 2.35 ERA and 77/21 K/BB ratio while leading MLB with an average fastball velocity of 98.5 miles per hour.

He’s struggled this season, mostly due to serving up eight homers in 20 innings, but with a 4.87 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio he’s hardly fallen apart completely. But that didn’t stop the Royals from demoting Herrera to Triple-A today.

Herrera had a 1.92 ERA in 220 innings as a minor leaguer and has a 3.04 ERA in 107 innings as a major leaguer, so while this strikes me as an overreaction based on a small sample size mostly I just feel sorry for Pacific Coast League hitters.

  1. rejamaro - May 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Getz, Francour, Hosmer and Moustakas need to follow him!

    • neoshweaty - May 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Hosmer and Moustakas both surprise me. Is there anything in their contact/walk/strikeout rates that might have predicted some of their struggles? I know prospects fail all the time but both of them seemed like they were building towards something good.

  2. rejamaro - May 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Oh, and Yost too!

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