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Kiermaier wins 2015 Heart & Hustle Award for Rays

Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was named the Tampa Bay Rays' 2015 Heart & Hustle Award recipient on Tuesday morning. The award, given out by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), "honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game." It is voted on by former players, according...
Via Fox Sports Florida
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Rays' Kevin Kiermaier freak out over a pigeon

MAN DOWN!During Friday night's game against the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier had to be feeling pretty good, driving in a go-ahead run in the 12th - only to be knocked down a few pegs by a pigeon:Luckily, narrowly, Kiermaier came away unscathed.
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier startled by pigeon (Video)

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier dove backwards onto the ground after being startled by a pigeon during the 12th inning of Friday night's game in the Bronx. Kiermaier had just hit a single to center field to drive in a run and give the Rays a 4-3 lead over the New York Yankees. Kiermaier had just finished unstrapping his leg pad when he saw the pigeon out of the corner...
Via Holdout Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays' Kevin Kiermaier gets knocked down by rude pigeon (VIDEO)

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier didn’t quite get attacked by a rogue pigeon at Yankee Stadium Friday night, but it did show him who's boss. During the 12th inning of the Rays-Yankees game, the feathered fiend swooped down on Kiermaier while he was standing at first base. .@KKiermaier39 drives in a run – and the bird ruins EVERYTHING: pic...
Via The Other Paper
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Defensive spotlight: Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays

Anyone who is familiar with Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays knows that he is basically a human highlight reel. The 25-year-old native of Fort Wayne, Ind., is seemingly fearless when he plays the outfield and does whatever it takes to snag a fly ball. He will go all-out on diving grabs, and he won’t hesitate to leap into a wall if he has to. As a result, Kiermaier has established...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Kiermaier on Turning a Corner

When Kevin Kiermaier made his MLB debut at the end of the 2013 season, he did so as a defensive replacement. The Tampa Bay Rays dynamo was 23 years old at the time, and in the eyes of many, a glove-first fourth outfielder with questionable offensive skills. A 31st-round pick in 2012 out of D-II […]
Via Fangraphs
May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Kiermaier’s Rise and Evaluating Sample Size

Forecasting breakout hitters is extremely difficult. A shift in approach at the plate, a swing adjustment, or just natural progression as a player ages and gains more experience against big league pitching are hard to account for in a preseason projection when the only data we have on a hitter leads us to draw certain conclusions. As much as we like to speculate on breakout candidates...
Via Baseball Professor
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Should You Add Kevin Kiermaier?

The Tampa Bay Rays have started to climb out of a deep first-half hole, and Kevin Kiermaier is a big reason way. His .310/8/24 line has boosted what was a pretty pathetic offense early in the season, and he’s also contributed stellar defense that have him sitting at 2.8 WAR after just 48 games. Over a full 150-game season, that’s an 8.8-WAR pace. No, Kiermaier probably isn...
Via Baseball Professor
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays notes: Kevin Kiermaier growing as power hitter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier won't call himself a home-run hitter, but the power has become noticeable in his brief time with the Tampa Bay Rays. Kiermaier cracked his fourth home run Thursday, a two-run shot to right field off Houston Astros right-hander Paul Clemens in the victory at Tropicana Field. Combined with the three homers that Kiermaier launched with...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

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