4. Kevin Appier

4. Kevin Appier
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 6, 1967 in Lancaster, CA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 04, 1989
  • Final Game: April 23, 2004
  • Cy Young - 1993
  • MVP - 1993
  • Rookie of the Year - 1990

There are many who might think the ranking of Kevin Appier is very high.  We get that.  He was an All-Star only once and was never a 20 Game winner.  Realistically he was a Cy Young candidate only once in his career (1993) where he finished third in voting, a season where he would win the ERA Title.  This seems good, but third overall for a franchise?

Yes it is.

Kevin Appier did a lot of things very well and did them for a small market team that was not particularly good during his tenure there.  As a Royal, Appier finished in the top ten in bWAR for Pitchers seven times, including a number one finish in 1993.  Four times he was in the top five in Earned Run Average, and six times he was in the top ten in WHIP.  He would also lead the American League twice in both FIP and Win Probability Added.  Had he played now, his profile would have been higher than it was, though history tells us that Kansas City had a gem on their hands.  Actually, if he played now, would a higher market team have poached him midway through his first Royals tenure?

Appier was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2011.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 9th Overall in the Amateur Draft. 6/2/87.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Oakland Athletics for Jeff D’Amico, Brad Rigby and Blake Stein 7/31/99.

    Acquired: (2) Signed as a Free Agent. 12/7/04.

    Departed: (2) Released 11/17/05.

  • Games Played: 287
  • Notable Statistics: 115 Wins
    92 Losses
    3.49 ERA
    275 Games Started
    32 Complete Games
    10 Shutouts
    2 Games Finished
    1,843.2 Innings Pitched
    1,468 Strikeouts
    3.49 FIP
    1.250 WHIP
    2.30 SO/BB
    47.0 bWAR

    No Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1995)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1993)
    Lowest ERA (1993)
    Highest ERA+ (1993)
    Lowest FIP (1993 & 1996)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1992 & 1993)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (1993)
    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1997)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1994, 1995 & 1996)

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