Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:12:02 -0700
Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins rebounded with a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation against the Seattle Mariners Thursday, July 30, after blowing two saves out of the All-Star break while allowing six earned runs. The Twins on Friday, July 31, acquired RP Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays to bolster their bullpen in front of Perkins. Right-handed hitters are batting just .192 against Jepsen this year, but he has a 4.60 ERA in his last 18 outings going back to June 11.
Fantasy Tip: Perkins was due to face a rough patch after being perfect in save chances in the first half of the season. He isn't in any danger of being bumped from ninth-inning duties, though. Jepsen is in a rough patch of his own but could be Minnesota's primary eighth-inning setup man for Perkins. Jepsen has very minimal fantasy value in the deepest of setups.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:47:14 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Nathan Karns could be traded away by the Ray, as they are willing to listen on pitchers. RP Kevin Jepsen may be the most likely to leave town.
Fantasy Tip: Karns ($7,200, 14.4% of cap) has had a solid rookie season, going 6-5 with a 3.37 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 20 starts (115 innings) for the Rays this season. It's hard to imagine his fantasy value changing all that much if he's dealt, depending on where he lands. Jepsen is unlikely to fall into a closing role if he's traded away, so his fantasy value remains limited.
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:34:57 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RP Brad Boxberger, RP Jake McGee and RP Kevin Jepsen are believed to be available for trade.
Fantasy Tip: If Boxberger is dealt, McGee would likely regain his closer status. Keep an eye on the situation.
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:05:38 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kevin Jepsen fell to 1-5 on the year with a loss to the Cleveland Indians Sunday, June 21. He allowed one run on two hits and walked one in two-thirds of an inning.
Fantasy Tip: Jepsen has seen some save chances during the year, but his worst stretch of the season has coincided with former closer Jake McGee looking dominant. McGee and Brad Boxberger look like the pitchers to own in Tampa Bay's bullpen.
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:43:34 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kevin Jepsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.025 million deal Friday, Jan. 16.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:43:11 -0800
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired RP Kevin Jepsen from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tuesday, Dec. 16, in exchange for OF Matt Joyce.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:28:20 -0800
The Tampa Bay Rays traded OF Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tuesday, Dec. 16, in exchange for RP Kevin Jepsen, according to a source.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:27:45 -0800
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired OF Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Dec. 16, in exchange for RP Kevin Jepsen, according to a source.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:43:11 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen filled in for the save Monday, Aug. 18. CL Huston Street and RP Joe Smith had the day off.
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:45:03 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen asked pitching coach Mike Butcher for another chance to close for the team after he blew a save opportunity Saturday, June 21. "I told Butch, 'Don't let that one outing change your decisions,' I want that opportunity," Jepsen said. "In that situation, I'm coming right after guys. I'm not going to walk a guy or shy away from contact."
Fantasy Tip: While it's nice that Jepsen isn't shying away from the pressure, it would be even nicer had he closed out the game Saturday. As it stands, Joe Smith will likely get another chance to show he can handle the ninth inning.