Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

Closer 1st in line 2nd in line 2015 Closer Updated
KC Greg Holland Wade Davis Kelvin Herrera Greg Holland 9/13/14

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Previous updates:

September 13, 2014
Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland returned to the mound last night for the first time since September 3rd.  It was not a save situation but Holland did strike out the side.  Barring any setbacks with Holland’s triceps, he should immediately return to closing games.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Davis | Herrera.

September 11, 2014
Kansas City Royals – With Greg Holland remaining unavailable, Wade Davis picked up another save on Wednesday.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Davis | Herrera.

September 9, 2014
Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland had a successful side session on Monday and has a good chance of being available if needed on Tuesday, according to manager Ned Yost.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Davis | Herrera.

September 8, 2014
Kansas City Royals – With Greg Holland getting some extra rest to recover from a minor triceps injury, Wade Davis picked up his second save in the past three days. Holland actually said before the game that he was available, but it seems Ned Yost decided to play it safe; Holland should be back in short order.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Davis | Herrera.

September 6, 2014
Kansas City Royals – Super set-up man Wade Davis picked up his first save of the season yesterday.  Davis struck out both batters that he faced with the tying run on second base.  Greg Holland got the day off, as he has a minor triceps issue, and if he misses more time, Davis should continue to see the save chances.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Davis | Herrera.

September 3, 2014
Kansas City Royals – The Royals went super deep for the vulture save on Tuesday, giving their top three guys the night off and tabbing Aaron Crow, fresh off a one-week procedural stint in the minors, for the honors.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Davis | Herrera.

August 3, 2014
Kansas City Royals – Since picking up a save a little over a week ago, Aaron Crow has given up 5 runs (4 earned) in 2.2 innings and the Royals used him in the 5th yesterday in a game they were losing.  Meanwhile, Kelvin Herrera pitched the 7th inning ahead of Wade Davis and Greg Holland on Wednesday and Friday nights and seems to has re-established himself as the best option behind those two guys.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Davis | Herrera.

July 26, 2014
Kansas City Royals – With Greg Holland and Wade Davis unavailable after pitching three days in a row, the Royals went to Aaron Crow to protect a two run lead in the 9th.  Crow pitched a scoreless inning to pick up his second save of the season.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Davis | Crow.

July 17, 2014
Kansas City Royals – Our first Royals update in 3 1/2 months doesn’t even come with a hierarchy change. New Royal Jason Frasor was the main set-up man in Arlington, but with Wade Davis dominating and Kelvin Herrera still topping 100 on the radar gun, he’ll be back in the pack in KC.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Davis | Herrera.

July 15, 2014
Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland is second in the AL in saves with 25, and Wade Davis has been terrific ahead of him in the eighth. The Royals are in second place in the division and will be going all out to get to the playoffs in 2014. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None

April 2, 2014
Kansas City Royals – Ned Yost has picked $4.8 million man Wade Davis as the team’s official set-up guy with Luke Hochevar out for the year. Davis and Aaron Crow had a rough time on Monday, however, and what seemed like a strength for Kansas City now appears very shaky indeed. Hierarchy change: Wade Davis to Set-up, Kelvin Herrera to 2nd in line.

March 13, 2014
Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland has been fantastic over the past few years, and if the Royals continue their improvement, his stock could rise even further. He did get a high number of save opportunities last year. Ranked #4 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 9, 2014
Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland solidified himself as an elite closer last year, finishing the season with over 100 Ks and a WHIP under 1.  Luke Hochevar was a solid set up man last year but he will have Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season.  Kelvin Herrera should step in as the primary set up man, with Aaron Crow also seeing some time in the later innings.  Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – Greg Holland, Set-up – Kelvin Herrera, 2nd in line – Aaron Crow.

September 8, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Luke Hochevar got the call in the 7th inning yesterday, and stayed on to finish off the 8th.  In recent weeks, the converted starter has seized control of the 8th-inning job in Kansas City, as he’s been more consistent than Kelvin Herrera.  Also seeing late-game innings lately for the Royals is Will Smith, who picked up his 4th hold yesterday, but the lefty hasn’t cracked our hierarchy yet.  Hierarchy change: Luke Hochevar to Set-up, Kelvin Herrera to 2nd in line.

September 2, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Aaron Crow, who spent the better part of two months as a rock-solid 8th inning man, has fallen out of favor over the last few weeks in Kansas City.  He hasn’t been particularly awful — despite a few recent hiccups, he still sports a 3.09 ERA for the year — but he hasn’t gotten a hold in over two weeks, as the Royals have been more apt to use Kelvin Herrera and Luke Hochevar to bridge the gap to Greg Holland.  The flame throwing Herrera has long been the organizational favorite to hold the set-up role, while Hochevar has revitalized his career in the bullpen and got the call in the 8th last night.  Hierarchy change: Kelvin Herrera to Set-up, Luke Hochevar to 2nd in line.

August 9, 2013
Kansas City Royals
 – Luke Hochevar got the last out of the eighth and stayed on for the ninth after the Royals scored two, earning a four-out save. Hochevar’s numbers are excellent, but the Kansas City bullpen is packed. No hierarchy change.

July 20, 2013
Kansas City Royals
 – Kelvin Herrera was recalled on Friday and got the last two outs in the 8th in a one run game.  Herrera had 17 strikeouts, and only 2 walks, in 11.2 scoreless innings at Triple-A Omaha.  He should immediately factor into the late inning plans for the Royals.   Hierarchy change: Kelvin Herrera to 2nd in line, replacing Tim Collins.

July 17, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Although there’s a strong case that Kansas City should flip Greg Holland now, at the height of his value, the three years of team control remaining suggest that he’ll remain a Royal for a while. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

June 26, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Kelvin Herrera was sent to Omaha on Tuesday; fans of the mercurial righthander are advised to turn their tickets in and get their money back at the door. Ned Yost says that Herrera will pitch in a starting role at the AAA club, in the hope that he can “slow the game down” and start threading the needle again with all of his pitches. Yost added that Herrera’s eighth-inning role, truly the heart of matters, would be filled by Aaron Crow and lefty Tim Collins going forward. Hierarchy change: Tim Collins to 2nd in line, replacing Kelvin Herrera.

June 20, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Kelvin Herrera took an ugly loss on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, he was sent out to pitch the 7th inning of a game the Royals were losing.  He didn’t have a great outing then, either, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.  Until Herrera straightens himself out, Aaron Crow will likely get any save opportunities on days when Greg Holland is unavailable.  Hierarchy change: Aaron Crow to Set-up, Kelvin Herrera to 2nd in line.

June 6, 2013
Kansas City Royals – After five appearances in the minors in which he allowed two hits and no runs in 4.2 innings, Kelvin Herrera returned to the bigs and on Wednesday was immediately thrust back in to his old 8th inning role.  He pitched a clean inning, and another solid outing or two will re-secure his status as the the go-to guy behind Greg Holland.  Hierarchy change: Kelvin Herrera to Set-up, Aaron Crow to 2nd in line.

May 25, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Kelvin Herrera was sent to the minors earlier this week to sort himself out.  Luke Hochevar and Tim Collins are likely to share the 7th inning role ahead of set-up man Aaron Crow.  Hierarchy change: Luke Hochevar to 2nd in line, replacing Kelvin Herrera.

May 21, 2013
Kansas City Royals - After Kelvin Herrera surrendered his eighth home run in his last 14 innings on Sunday, Ned Yost announced Herrera’s demotion from the setup role. Hierarchy change: Aaron Crow to Set-up, Kelvin Herrera to 2nd in line.

May 14, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Luke Hochevar earned the first save of his career on Monday night, pitching three innings in a blowout of the Angels. No hierarchy change.

April 11, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Kelvin Herrera picked up his second save of the season on Wednesday, striking out three Twins in the process.  Greg Holland had the night off after a heavy workload on Tuesday, and remains on the Hot Seat, especially given how impressive Herrera has been in the early going.  No hierarchy change.

April 9, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Aaron Crow picked up a save on Monday, pitching a clean 9th inning.  Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera had both pitched on back to back days and three of the past four, and were both getting a night off.  No hierarchy change.

April 8, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland had another rough outing on Sunday, one day after blowing the save and taking the loss against the Phillies.  After putting several runners on, Holland had to be pulled for Kelvin Herrera, who cleaned up the mess and earned his first save of the year.  The job still belongs to Holland for now, but Herrera, a fireballer who already has 7 Ks in 3.1 innings this season, could challenge for it if Holland continues to struggle.  Greg Holland to Hot Seat.

February 24, 2013
Kansas City Royals – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Greg Holland, Set-up- Kelvin Herrera, 2nd in line- Aaron Crow.

September 30, 2012
Kansas City Royals – Kelvin Herrera picked up a save in the 14th inning on Saturday. Greg Holland blew the save in the 9th, but his job is not in jeopardy. No hierarchy change.

September 23, 2012
Kansas City Royals – As predicted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Kelvin Herrera got the save for the Royals on Saturday. Greg Holland had pitched in three straight and got the night off. No hierarchy change.

August 31, 2012
Kansas City Royals – With Greg Holland getting the night off after two high-leverage saves in a row, the Royals went to flamethrower Kelvin Herrera for the save. Herrera allowed two runners to reach, but got the job done and lowered his ERA to 2.49 on the year. He’ll likely be the man the Royals turn to if Holland needs any time off in the future. Hierarchy change: Kelvin Herrera to Set-up, Aaron Crow to 2nd in line.

July 31, 2012
Kansas City Royals – The Royals have traded closer Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds, where he will serve as a set-up man. Greg Holland will inherit the closer job in Kansas City, said Royals manager Ned Yost, though Aaron Crow will be nipping at Holland’s heels if he struggles. Hierarchy change: Greg Holland to Closer, Aaron Crow to Set-up, Kelvin Herrera to 2nd in line.

July 22, 2012
Kansas City Royals – Aaron Crow pitched the 8th inning with the Royals up by 2 runs, then stayed on for the 9th after the Royals stretched their lead. Despite earning his second save of the year, he’s still behind Greg Holland on the Royals depth chart. No hierarchy change.

July 15, 2012
Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland has re-taken the lead as the Royals go-to set-up man, an important spot to watch, given the likelihood that Jonathan Broxton will be dealt. Holland helped to finish off the 7th, and then pitched the 8th inning for the second night in a row, earning the win. Hierarchy change: Greg Holland to Set-up, Aaron Crow to 2nd in line.

July 13, 2012
Kansas City Royals – Jonathan Broxton is likely to move by the break, and will likely see his value drop if he goes to a contender that plugs him in to a set-up role. Certain to benefit, however, is Aaron Crow, or possibly Greg Holland, who would inherit the closer job if Broxton moves. TRADE DEADLINE BUY+: Aaron Crow. BUY: Greg Holland. SELL+: Jonathan Broxton.

June 28, 2012
Kansas City Royals – Aaron Crow finished the 8th inning yesterday, keeping the game tied and eventually earning a win when the Royals scored in the bottom half. On Tuesday, he pitched the 8th inning with the Royals ahead by 2 runs. Greg Holland has struggled over the past two weeks, allowing 11 baserunners in his last 3.1 innings. Hierarchy change: Aaron Crow to Set-up, Greg Holland to 2nd in line.

June 16, 2012
Kansas City Royals – Aaron Crow pitched the 8th inning on Friday, three days after being summoned in a close game in the 7th. After Jonathon Broxton and Greg Holland, the Royals bullpen is pretty fluid, with Crow, Kelvin Herrera, and Tim Collins all being used in the 6th and 7th innings. But recently, it’s been Crow who has seen the majority of the late-innings work. Hierarchy change: Aaron Crow to 2nd in line, replacing Kelvin Herrera.

June 4, 2012
Kansas City Royals – For the second time in three games, Kelvin Herrera pitched the 7th inning for the Royals, earning a hold ahead of Greg Holland and Jonathon Broxton. In 29 innings, Herrera now has a 3.10 ERA with 25 Ks and 4 BBs. Hierarchy change: Kelvin Herrera to 2nd in line, replacing Aaron Crow.

May 15, 2012
Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland returned from the DL over the weekend and resumed his 8th inning duties. Hierarchy change: Greg Holland to Set-up, Aaron Crow to 2nd in line.

May 3, 2012
Kansas City Royals – Tim Collins has been used in some tight spots lately, and he recorded the win on Wednesday after getting 2 outs in a tie game in the 8th inning. Hierarchy change: Tim Collins to 2nd in line, replacing Jose Mijares.

April 23, 2012
Kansas City Royals- Greg Holland was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a “stress reaction” in his ribs. Although the ensuing bone scan showed no fracture, he might be three weeks away from returning to the Royals pen. Lefty José Mijares will likely move to 2nd in line, but young fireballer Jeremy Jeffress could move up quickly if he can harness his stuff. Hierarchy change: Aaron Crow to Set-up, José Mijares to 2nd in Line.

April 11, 2012
Kansas City Royals- Aaron Crow picked up the save last night in a rain-shortened game that only went 7 1/2 innings. No hierarchy change.

April 7, 2012
Kansas City Royals- The Royals, up 4 runs in the 8th inning, went to Greg Holland first. Jonathon Broxton pitched the 9th in a non-save situation and will close for the foreseeable future. Hierarchy change: Jonathon Broxton to Closer, Greg Holland to Set-up.

April 4, 2012
Kansas City Royals- Joakim Soria is out for the year, meaning Greg Holland and Jonathan Broxton will fight it out in the early season for save opportunities. The Royals have not declared a closer yet, but Holland has the early edge based on how they’ve been used in spring training. Should they both falter, Aaron Crow will get a shot. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Greg Holland, Set-up- Jonathan Broxton, 2nd in line- Aaron Crow. Holland begins the season on the Hot Seat.

Sept. 25, 2011
Kansas City Royals- With Joakim Soria out with a hamstring pull, Royals manager Ned Yost has said that he is likely done pitching this year. Greg Holland came in for the save again, and it is safe to say he will get the rest of the chances this year. Hierarchy change: Greg Holland to Closer, Aaron Crow to Set-up, Tim Collins to 2nd in line

Sept. 18, 2011
Kansas City Royals- Nate Adcock picked up the save last night against the White Sox, pitching three innings in a 10-3 blowout. No hierarchy change.

Aug. 30, 2011
Kansas City Royals- Blake Wood picked up a vulture save for the Royals last night. He entered the game with a runner on in the 8th, and pitched 2 scoreless innings. No hierarchy change.

Aug. 26, 2011
Kansas City Royals- Although Greg Holland gave up 2 runs last night, his strong work over the last month (5 holds and 1 save since August 7) has vaulted him over Aaron Crow into the Royals’ set-up role. Hierarchy change: Holland to Set-Up, Crow to 2nd in line.

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