Kevin Kiermaier is a US-born professional baseball player who plays for the major league baseball team Tampa Bay Rays. As a midfielder, Kiermaier excels at general outfield defense and his talent for robbing home runs. He received the American League Platinum Glove Award in 2015 and the Back-to-Back Awards for Rawlings Gold Glove as a midfielder (2015 and 2016).
Kevin Kiermaier won several amateur championship teams in high school and also in college. As a high school student, Kiermaier won the Indiana State Championship in his senior year. As a freshman, he also won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship and was inducted into the All-American team in both of his two years at Parkland College in Illinois.
Kevin Kiermaier Bio, Age
Kevin James Kiermaier was born on 22 April 1990 as the son of Chris and Jim Kiermaier. He received his high school education at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In his senior year, Kiermaier won the state championship with the baseball team of his school. As an athlete, Kiermaier was equally at home in American football, and after graduation, he was courted by both college football and baseball teams. Eventually, he enrolled in the college baseball program at Parkland College, and in his first two years, he was inducted into the All-American team of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
In his second year, Kevin Kiermaier participated in the 2010 MLB draft, where he was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 941st general draft in the 31st round. In his earlier years, Kiermaier played with the sister teams of the Tampa Bay Rays in the lower league. By 2013, he was named the best defensive player in the entire Rays system. In September 2013, Kiermaier was added to the Tampa Bay Rays roster for the first time, and in the final game of the 2012/2013 season, he made his MLB debut.
Kevin Kiermaier Career
The 2013/2014 season was the first full Major League season with the Rays for Kevin Kiermiaer. He beat Mike Morin from the Los Angeles Angels for his first MLB home run on 18 May 2014. During the season he had 104 runs and scored 0.263 with 10 home runs. Kiermaier, who is known for his powerful throwing arm, led the MLB outfield players in 2015 when he reached 100 MPH (160 km/h) on 9 occasions. He led all MLB outfield players equally with 42 saved defensive runs (DRS) and 5.0 defensive wins over substitutes (WAR). Kiermaier won the 2015 Fielding Bible Award for MLB midfielders, the Gold Glove Award for American League midfielders, and the 2015 Platinum Glove Award for best AL defensive players.
In the 2016 season, Kevin Kiermaier showed great improvements in his ability to hit .246s with 12 home runs. He maintained his lead over all other midfielders with 25 saved defensive runs (DRS), earning him the Gold Glove Award for the second year running. In 2017, Kiermaier’s playing time was greatly reduced due to injury, but his scoring record improved further when he scored .276s with 15 home runs. With 22 defensive runs saved, he lost his dominance in midfield to Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins, who led 24 DRS.
Kevin Kiermaier had a relatively quiet start in 2018 until he sustained an injury on April 15th that shut him out for 3 months.
Is He Married? Wife, Girlfriend
Baseball star Kevin Kiermaier is married to his former girlfriend Marisa Moralobo. On February 11, 2017, Kiermaier proposed to Marisa, who was his girlfriend at the time. Five months later, on November 10, 2017, the couple entered into the bond of marriage in a ceremony in St. Petersburg, Florida. Marisa Moralobo was also an athlete and played college volleyball at Warner University in Florida. In April 2018 Kevin Kiermaier announced that he and his wife Marisa were expecting their first child.
In 2014, Kiermaier’s first full season with the Rays, he earned an annual salary of $355,191. The talented outfielder’s base salary was increased to $513,800 and $514,400 in 2015 and 2016 respectively. In 2017, Kevin Kiermaier signed a $53.5 million contract extension with the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing him to remain in the franchise until 2023.
For 2017, Kiermaier earned $4,000,000; $3,000,000 base salary plus $1,000,000 signing bonus. His salary for 2018 is set at $5,500,000 and is expected to increase significantly every two years during the term of Kiermaier’s last contract.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Kevin Kiermaier stands at an impressive height of 185 cm (6 feet 1 inch). He weighs 97 kg (214 lbs). Thanks to his powerful throwing arm, Kiermiaer has improved his striking power over the years. This impressive offensive ability combined with his dominance as one of the best defensive outfield players in the MLB makes Kevin Kiermaier an all-round star player.