Skip to content

Royals demote Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A

May 23, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Kelvin Herrera Getty Images

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!

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Stanton (2614)
  2. C. Correa (2602)
  3. H. Ramirez (2577)
  4. G. Springer (2555)
  5. B. Crawford (2355)
  1. M. Teixeira (2350)
  2. H. Pence (2280)
  3. J. Baez (2264)
  4. J. Hamilton (2211)
  5. Y. Puig (2164)