You might remember that the catwalk at Tropicana Field got in the way of Kevin Kiermaier attempting to make a play on a Kendrys Morales fly ball on Friday night. He had no such problem tonight in Baltimore, robbing Manny Machado of a home run with an excellent leaping catch:
The play is reminiscent of Mike Trout’s leaping catch at Camden Yards from 2012, though it looks like Kiemaier jumped higher. The reaction of Chris Archer might be the best part. He appears to be a combination of relieved and awestruck. Rightfully so.
Kiermaier left tonight’s game in the third inning after the catch. We’ll pass along an update on his status when it’s made available.
UPDATE: Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune passes along word that Kiermaier suffered a mild right ankle sprain while making the catch. He’s considered day-to-day.
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.