Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier’s defense has such a strong reputation that when he misplayed this fly ball in the first inning of Tampa Bay’s game Tuesday against the White Sox, umpires decided the ball must have struck one of Tropicana Field’s rings—and awarded batter Yolmer Sanchez a home run.
Last year, Kevin Kiermaier hit .246 with 12 homers—nothing stellar—but he won a Gold Glove for his second consecutive season and anchored the Tampa Bay Rays’ outfield defense. He has quite a hole to dig himself out of if he wants to repeat for 2017.
Lorenzo Cain came up in the top of the third last night with a man on second base. He singled to center, and Alcides Escobar scored. But thanks to his speed and a misplay by Kevin Kiermaier, he ended up circling the bases on his single up the middle.
You don’t need MLB’s Statcast to understand that this is a great throw from Rays’ center fielder Kevin Kiermaier; that much is apparent by the ease with which he throws out the foolish runner. But it is pretty cool to see that his throw clocked in at 100.4 MPH—a speed that only a dozen or so pitchers hit—while being…
Manny Machado can be forgiven for believing he had a sure thing leadoff home run, but Kevin Kiermaier’s Vince Carter-like ups and impeccable timing insisted otherwise.
Yes, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier screwed up his read on this fly ball in today's game against the Red Sox, but he compensated for it with a twisting, falling, over-his-head catch for the final out of the sixth. We're better for it. Thanks, Kevin.
Jose Molina, the only currently active, uninjured Molina brother, is 39 years old. So, we don't expect him to get around the bases quickly. But teammate Kevin Kiermaier almost passed him on the basepaths after hitting a two-run homer against the Athletics today.
I have no idea who Kevin Kiermaier is, but he hit a baseball harder than shit last night. He hit it so hard that it went straight through Eric Hosmer's damn glove.
What's this guy doing? He has the perfect opportunity to do something—anything—interesting in the background of Kevin Kiermaier's postgame interview, but he doesn't. It's a waste of TV time.
The Cardinals were threatening with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, but Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier kept anyone from scoring with his beautiful diving catch to end the inning.