Orion Kerkering

RP · Philadelphia Phillies

Bats R Throws R
DOB 2001-04-04 Age 23.0
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 34.15, 510th

Season Projections

Draft Buddy131.05355.03330106319498124233.761.24

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Taijuan Walker, Orion Kerkering Going On Rehab Assignments

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    The Philadelphia Phillies are sending right-handers Taijuan Walker (shoulder) and Orion Kerkering (forearm, illness) on minor-league rehab assignments. Kerkering would then be activated sometime over the weekend. Walker will start his rehab assignment on Thursday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will likely make four starts, increasing his pitch count in 15-pitch increments before eventually joining the Phillies' starting rotation. The 31-year-old threw 46 pitches over three innings in a live batting practice session over the weekend and is attempting to return from a right-shoulder impingement he suffered in spring training. The 23-year-old Kerkering got sick in spring training and then suffered a right-forearm strain. When healthy, he'll be a key late-inning bullpen piece for the Phillies but is unlikely to see many, if any, save chances.

    Apr 10 · Source via Closers Philadelphia Phillies Orion Kerkering Taijuan Walker
  • Orion Kerkering A Week Away From Rejoining Phillies

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    Philadelphia Phillies reliever Orion Kerkering has had a couple of successful minor league outings, and if everything goes to plan, the 23-year-old will pitch Tuesday and Thursday next week before rejoining the Phillies over the weekend. Kerkering was generating some preseason buzz after his performance in the minors and at the big league level in 2023, but an illness and a forearm strain threw cold water on it. He's expected to serve in middle relief upon his return, but Jose Alvarado has not looked sharp as the closer and Kerkering could be in the mix should Alvarado continue to falter. Kerkering has big-time strikeout stuff, so if he were to take over as closer he could help out fantasy managers tremendously. He's certainly worthy of the watch list, but also could be a speculative add in deeper leagues.

    Apr 6 · Source via Closers Philadelphia Phillies Orion Kerkering
  • Orion Kerkering Expected To Return In Early April

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    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Orion Kerkering (forearm) pitched on Thursday in Florida, touching 98 mph with his fastball. Kerkering's strained right forearm is healed now, but he is rebuilding arm strength after missing weeks of spring training because of an illness. Expected to be activated as soon as he's eligible on April 9, the 22-year-old right-hander will probably serve as a middle reliever out of Philly's bullpen upon his 2024 debut. But Kerkering is the No. 6 Phillies prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and their likely closer of the future after being tasked with critical innings during the 2023 playoffs, holding his own with a 3.38 ERA (3.07 FIP) and five strikeouts covering 5 1/3 frames last postseason. After Jose Alvarado gave up five runs in Friday's Opening Day loss to the Atlanta Braves, it can't help but feel like Kerkering's fantasy stock rose. He belongs on all watchlists.

    Mar 30 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Orion Kerkering
  • Taijuan Walker To Undergo MRI For Shoulder Stiffness; Orion Kerkering To Open Season On IL

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    Phillies right-hander Taijuan Walker was scratched from his recent spring start due to shoulder stiffness, manager Rob Thomson told reporters today (including Matt Gelb of The Athletic). Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer adds that Walker is set to undergo an MRI on the shoulder, while both note that right-hander Spencer Turnbull figures to open…

    Mar 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Philadelphia Phillies Orion Kerkering Taijuan Walker
  • Offseason In Review: Philadelphia Phillies

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    The Phillies reinforced their rotation with a major extension and a major re-signing, but it was otherwise a relatively quiet offseason in the City of Brotherly Love.  After making the NLCS last year, have the Phillies done enough to book a return to the World Series? Major League Signings Aaron Nola, SP: Seven years, $172MM…

    Mar 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Offseason Philadelphia Phillies Kolby Allard Jose Alvarado Austin Brice David Buchanan Ryan Burr Max Castillo Jake Cave David Dahl Seranthony Dominguez Cam Gallagher Bryce Harper Jeff Hoffman Orion Kerkering Scott Kingery Jordan Luplow Brandon Marsh Michael Mercado Whit Merrifield Aaron Nola Cristian Pache Johan Rojas Michael Rucker Jose Ruiz Cristopher Sanchez Kyle Schwarber Gregory Soto Bryson Stott Ranger Suarez Spencer Turnbull Taijuan Walker Zack Wheeler
  • Orion Kerkering Might Not Be Ready For Opening Day

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    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Orion Kerkering (illness) might not be ready for Opening Day on March 28, according to manager Rob Thomson. Kerkering hasn't pitched in the Grapefruit League since March 1 because of the flu, although he's scheduled to throw at the team's spring complex sometime this week. "He's 22 years old," Thomson said. "We're not going to push this thing." Kerkering has appeared in only two spring games and might need to open the year on the injured list in order to rebuild his strength. The former fifth-round pick in 2022 out of South Florida went from playing in Single-A in 2023 to pitching high-leverage innings in the majors in the postseason last fall. Kerkering has a nasty sinker/slider mix that can make him almost unhittable as a future closer candidate for the Phillies.

    Mar 18 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Orion Kerkering
  • Pitching Stats

    2024 ATC133.45051.9333096018468123223.601.19
    2024 Draft Buddy131.05355.03330106319498124233.761.24
    2024 Steamer153.06363.0334097025558328263.741.26
    2024 Zeile143.36158.433419652051000243.641.20

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.


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