Full name is Kevin Edward McCarthy…resides in Rockville Centre, N.Y...Graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, N.Y in 2010...Attended Marist College (N.Y.), where he earned MAAC All-Academic honors in 2012 and 2013…went 4-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 68.0 innings in 2013...When he made his big league debut in 2016, he became the first player from Marist to appear in a big league game... Brother, Brian, was a high jumper at Dartmouth College...Participated in several community projects, including Play Ball Weekend, PLAY Clinic as well as a Special Olympics Clinic...also participated in 2019 Royals FanFest.
Made his first three appearances witth Omaha (AAA), before being recalled on April 13, and spent the rest of the seasons with Kansas City... Set career highs at the Major League level in wins (5), appearances (65), innings (72) and strikeouts (46)...Led the Royals with a career-high 17 holds...His 65.2% groundball rate ranked sixth among Major League relievers, and second in the American League to Zach Britton (72.1%) ...His 2.75 ERA (18 ER in 59 IP) in 55 appearances vs. American League opponents ranked ninth among relievers (min. 50 IP)...Held opponents without an earned run in 10 of his first 11 appearances, a stretch in which he had a 2.03 ERA (3 ER in 13.1 IP)...Earned three wins in a six-appearance, 11-day stretch: April 22 at Detroit (0 ER in 1 IP), April 29 vs. White Sox (0 ER in 1.1 IP) and May 3 vs. Detroit (0 ER in 1.2 IP)...Retired all nine batters he faced on just 24 pitches on May 1 at Boston, a 7-6 Royals win in 13 innings, becoming the first Royals reliever to record at least 3.0 innings on 24 pitches or fewer since Dan Reichert on May 18, 2002 at Cleveland (Game 1)...Charged with a career-high-tying four runs on June 12 vs. Cincinnati, a 5-1 loss, capping a 14-outing stretch in which he was 0-3 and had a 6.00 ERA (10 ER in 15 IP)... Recorded 8.0 consecutive scoreless innings over his next seven outings from June 16-July 3...Had a 2.25 ERA (7 ER in 28 IP) in 26 appearances between August and September...Had a 2.03 ERA (9 ER in 40 IP) in 35 appearances at Kauffman Stadium, the seventh-best home ERA in the American League (min. 30 outings)…did not allow a run in his first 11 home games (12.1 IP).
Split the season between the Royals and Omaha (AAA), making a career high 33 appearances in the big leagues… went 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA (16 ER in 45.0 IP), with opponents batting .276 (50-for-181) against him ... Made KC season debut on May 29 vs. Detroit and posted a 1.59 ERA (5 ER in 28.1 IP) over his first 22 appearances… that included a streak of 10-straight appearances (July 19- Aug. 25) without allowing an earned run, amassing 11.1 innings ... Did not allow a home run over his first 22 outings, before surrendering four roundtrippers over his final 11 appearances ... Recorded a 2.20 ERA (9 ER in 16.1 IP) in 13 road appearances, despite allowing a .288 opponents' average (19-for-66)…had a 3.77 ERA (12 ER in 28.2 IP) at home ... Made 24 appearances vs. AL Central foes, posting a 1.85 ERA (7 ER in 34.0 IP), holding them to a .256 average (34- for-133)…this included 10 appearances vs. Detroit, in which he had a 1.38 ERA (2 ER in 13.0 IP) ... Earned his lone win on July 19, recording the final two outs in the ninth ahead of Alex Gordon's walk-off sacrifice fly in a 4-3 victory over Detroit ... Tossed a career-high 3.0 scoreless innings on Sept. 13 vs. the White Sox…also collected a career-high four strikeouts, which tied for the most by a Royals reliever in a single outing in 2017 ... Pitched in 25 games at Omaha, going 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA (11 ER in 32.0 IP) and a 1.28 WHIP.
Selected from Omaha (AAA) on Sept. 6 and made his Major League debut Sept. 9 at the White Sox, retiring his only batter he faced...Earned his first MLB victory the following night in Chicago, striking out his only batter to strand two inherited runners in the sixth inning in a 6-5 triumph...Made a career-high 47 appearances between Omaha and Northwest Arkansas (AA), going 5-6 with a careerbest 16 saves and a 3.04 ERA (23 ER in 68.0 IP)...Recorded 10.1 consecutive scoreless innings over nine outings from July 29-August 22...Ranked fifth in the Texas League with 11 saves, despite being promoted to Omaha on June 16...Earned the win in Northwest Arkansas' 6-5 victory in 12 innings on May 28 at Corpus Christi after retiring all nine batters faced in 3.0 innings of work.
Split the 2015 season Lexington (A), Wilmington (A) and Northwest Arkansas, reaching Double-A for the first time in his career.
In 2014, injured in his second appearance of the year with Lexington and missed the remainder of the season…placed on the disabled list on April 14.
Tied for seventh in the Appalachian League (Rookie) in wins (four) in 2013, his first professional season.