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Craig Kimbrel

28-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox

2016 Stats

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2-4

ERA

2.65

WHIP

1.00

K

82

SV

30

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Kimbrel's lone season with the Padres may end up a footnote in a Hall of Fame career, if his time in Boston is anything like his time in Atlanta. Traded to San Diego a day before the start of the 2015...

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2016 ADP:  69.58

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 210   DOB: 5/28/1988   BORN: Huntsville, AL   COLLEGE: Wallace State CC   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Craig Kimbrel Contract Information:

Agreed to a four-year, $42 million extension with the Braves in February of 2014.

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Kimbrel was left in the bullpen despite a save situation arising in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays.

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Craig Kimbrel Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2008 20 A ROM 10 0 0 12.2 6 1 0 26 4 2 0 4 0.71 0.82
2008 20 A DAN 12 0 0 19.0 5 1 0 27 10 1 2 6 0.47 0.79
2008 20 A MYR 2 0 0 3.2 5 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0.00 1.88
2009 21 A ROM 16 0 0 20.0 9 2 0 38 6 0 0 10 0.90 0.75
2009 21 A MYR 19 0 0 26.3 18 16 2 45 28 0 2 2 5.52 1.75
2009 21 AA MIS 12 0 0 11.7 3 1 0 17 7 2 1 6 0.77 0.86
2009 21 AAA GWI 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
2010 22 AAA GWI 48 0 0 55.2 28 10 3 83 35 3 2 23 0 0 1.62 1.14
2010 22 MAJ ATL 21 0 0 20.7 9 1 0 40 16 4 0 1 0 2 0.44 1.21
2011 23 MAJ ATL 79 0 0 77.0 48 18 3 127 32 4 3 46 8 0 2.10 1.04
2012 24 MAJ ATL 63 0 0 62.7 27 7 3 116 14 3 1 42 3 0 1.01 0.65
2013 25 MAJ ATL 68 0 0 67.0 39 9 4 98 20 4 3 50 4 0 1.21 0.88
2014 26 MAJ ATL 63 0 0 61.7 30 11 2 95 26 0 3 47 4 0 1.61 0.91
2015 27 MAJ SD 61 0 0 59.3 40 17 6 87 22 4 2 39 4 0 2.58 1.04
2016 28 AAA PAW 1 1 0 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 10.00
2016 28 MAJ BOS 54 0 0 51.0 27 15 4 82 24 2 4 30 2 1 2.65 1.00
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3-Year Averages     64 0 0 62.7 36 12 4 93 22 2 2 45 4 0 1.72 0.93
Career  (View All)     409 0 0 399.3 220 78 22 645 154 21 16 255 1.76 0.94

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Craig Kimbrel Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 24 @TB 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.65 1.00
Sep. 22 @Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.52 1.00
Sep. 21 @Bal 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.57 1.02
Sep. 20 @Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.61 1.03
Sep. 17 NYY 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.66 1.04
Sep. 16 NYY 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.74 1.07
Sep. 11 @Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 - 1 0 0 2.78 1.08
Sep. 7 @SD 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.84 1.08
Sep. 4 @Oak 0.0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.86 1.09
Aug. 31 TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.86 1.05
Aug. 30 TB 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.93 1.07
Aug. 24 @TB 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.00 1.05
Aug. 23 @TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.05 1.06
Aug. 20 @Det 1.3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.12 1.09
Aug. 16 @Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.23 1.10
Aug. 15 @Cle 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.32 1.13
Aug. 13 Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.41 1.11
Aug. 9 NYY 0.7 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 3.50 1.14
Aug. 4 @Sea 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.31 1.05
Aug. 1 @Sea 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 - 1 0 0 3.44 1.09
Last 14 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
5.7 1 1 1 1 1 11 0 0 0 0-0 5 0 0 1.59 0.35
Last 30 Games (Team)
11 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
9.0 4 2 1 1 3 15 1 1 0 0-1 7 0 0 1.00 0.78
Last 60 Games (Team)
20 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
18.0 6 3 2 1 9 32 2 2 0 1-1 13 0 1 1.00 0.83
Craig Kimbrel Minors Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV ERA WHIP
Jul. 30 Scranton-WB 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0.00 0.00
Last 14 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 30 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 60 Days
1 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0.00 0.00

Craig Kimbrel Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20169335911202.136
2015122401421513.194
2014133551317101.147

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2016114471516502.163
201511747819103.176
2014111401313301.135

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201628.01215441723.211.11
201533.04120481442.731.03
201435.00127601101.030.74

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201622.0121436711.640.86
201526.3011939822.391.06
201426.70220351522.361.13
Craig Kimbrel Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2008 20 A ROM 10 0 12.2 19.18 2.95 6.50 0.00 90% 0.71 -0.08 .417
2008 20 A DAN 12 0 19.0 12.79 4.74 2.70 0.00 93.3% 0.47 1.94 .158
2008 20 A MYR 2 0 3.2 8.44 2.81 3.00 0.00 100% 0.00 2.26 .454
2009 21 A ROM 16 0 20.0 17.10 2.70 6.33 0.00 86.7% 0.90 0.30 .328
2009 21 A MYR 19 0 26.3 15.38 9.57 1.61 0.68 68.2% 5.52 3.96 .354
2009 21 AA MIS 12 0 11.7 13.11 5.40 2.43 0.00 90% 0.77 2.34 .159
2009 21 AAA GWI 2 0 2.0 13.50 18.00 0.75 0.00 100% 0.00 6.20 .000
2010 22 AAA GWI 48 0 55.2 13.53 5.71 2.37 0.49 88.3% 1.62 3.02 .256
2010 22 MAJ ATL 21 0 20.7 17.42 6.97 2.50 0.00 0.56 96% 95.4 MPH 0.44 1.65 .330
2011 23 MAJ ATL 79 0 77.0 14.84 3.74 3.97 0.35 1.16 80.5% 96.2 MPH 2.10 1.69 .333
2012 24 MAJ ATL 63 0 62.7 16.66 2.01 8.29 0.43 1.41 89.5% 96.8 MPH 1.01 0.89 .283
2013 25 MAJ ATL 68 0 67.0 13.16 2.69 4.90 0.54 1.49 90.9% 96.9 MPH 1.21 2.08 .278
2014 26 MAJ ATL 63 0 61.7 13.86 3.79 3.65 0.29 1.26 83.3% 97.1 MPH 1.61 1.90 .262
2015 27 MAJ SD 61 0 59.3 13.20 3.34 3.95 0.91 1.67 80.4% 97.3 MPH 2.58 2.74 .297
2016 28 AAA PAW 1 1 .1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 33.20 .780
2016 28 MAJ BOS 54 0 51.0 14.47 4.24 3.42 0.71 0.64 76.6% 97.4 MPH 2.65 2.65 .271
Today's Projections     0 0 .4 9.17 2.99 3.07 1.10 79.4% 2.72 0.55 .230
Next 7 Days     0 0 2.2 9.55 3.26 2.93 1.27 79.8% 2.88 4.00 .228
Rest Of Season     0 0 2.2 9.55 3.26 2.93 1.27 79.8% 2.88 4.00 .228
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3-Year Averages     64 0 62.7 13.36 3.16 4.23 0.57 85.2% 1.72 2.11 .277
Career     409 0 399.3 14.54 3.47 4.19 0.50 84.1% 1.76 1.88 .292

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2016 Stat Review for Craig Kimbrel    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.42 K/BB
GOOD
14.47 K/9
ELITE
4.24 BB/9
POOR
97.4 MPH Fastball
ELITE
0.7 HR/9
AVERAGE
0.64 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.65 ERA
GOOD
1.00 WHIP
GREAT
2.65 FIP
GREAT
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.271 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
76.6% Strand Rate
AVERAGE

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Craig Kimbrel: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kimbrel tallied his 30th save in Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Rays, giving up a solo homer but also striking out two over an inning.

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Kimbrel is unavailable out of the bullpen Friday after pitching in three straight games, the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports.

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Kimbrel closed out the Orioles on Thursday, striking out two in one inning to pick up his 29th save of the season.

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Kimbrel nailed down his 28th save Tuesday in Baltimore, allowing one walk while striking out one in a hitless inning of work.

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Kimbrel notched his 27th save by striking out all four batters he faced over 1.1 innings in Saturday's 6-5 victory over the Yankees.

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Kimbrel picked up his 26th save Friday against the Yankees, striking out the only two batters he faced.

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Kimbrel notched his 25th save of the season Sunday, striking out two and walking one in the ninth inning of Boston's 11-8 win over Toronto.

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Kimbrel entered Sunday's game to start the ninth inning in a non-save situation, then allowed a walk and a double to take the loss in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Athletics.

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Kimbrel sat down the Rays in order Wednesday to record his 24th save of the season in a 8-6 victory.

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Kimbrel struck out two in a clean ninth to earn his 23rd save of the season Tuesday against the Rays.

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Kimbrel allowed a hit but shut the door for a four-out save in a 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

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Kimbrel will not be available out of the Red Sox's bullpen Wednesday, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.

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2016

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2015

At this point, Kimbrel's reputation as the most dominant end-gamer in baseball is well established. While his ERA jumped by 40 points in 2014, his FIP actually dropped by 10 points (from 1.93 to 1.83), and his strikeout, contact and swinging-strike rates all improved. He did take a step back with his control, posting a 10.7% walk rate, up from 7.8% a year before, but the right-hander averaged better than 97 mph on his fastball (a career high) and notched an NL-leading 47 saves, marking the fourth straight season in which he's led the league in that statistic. Right-handers had a bit more success against Kimbrel, but they still managed just a .436 OPS against him, and Kimbrel was equally dominant against lefties, improving his OPS against southpaws by nearly 150 points (from .574 to .425). The workload is starting to add up, and he could see fewer save opportunities in 2015 on a regressing Braves team, but he hasn't shown any real signs of slowing down to this point and is thus still the safest relief option on the board.

2014

For the third consecutive year, Kimbrel led the National League in saves, becoming the 11th pitcher in major league history to reach the 50-save mark in a single season, while also becoming the first pitcher in the history of the game to record 40-plus saves in each of his first three full seasons. He set a Braves franchise record in 2013 by converting 37 consecutive save chances, and ended the season by converting 40 of his final 41 opportunities. After the calender turned to June, Kimbrel allowed just four earned runs over 46.2 regular-season innings (0.77 ERA), and he held opposing batters to a .161 average for the year. His strikeout rate did, however, drop by more than three per nine innings, to a career-low 13.2 K/9, and his swinging-strike rate was well below where it was in 2012 (13.6% from 19.2%). Lefties hit .211/.265/.309 against him, up from .116/.189/.143, and his walk rate was up slightly as well. All that aside, Kimbrel didn't lose any juice on his fastball, and is unquestionably one of most dominant end-gamers in all of baseball. He's still the easy choice for first reliever off the board in 2014.

2013

Kimbrel is just 24 years old and is already the best relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. Kimbrel has been the Braves' closer for two years and led the league in saves both seasons. He won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2011 and finished in the top-10 of Cy Young voting each of those two seasons, while also finishing in the top-10 of NL MVP voting in 2012 after posting a 1.01 ERA. Kimbrel's K/9 rose to an absurd 16.7 while his BB/9 dropped to just 2.0. With his stuff and control, he is nearly unhittable. Over the last two years, Kimbrel has led all major league relievers in strikeouts and it isn't even close. He will be the first reliever off the board during fantasy drafts and for good reason.

2012

Kimbrel set a major league record for saves by a rookie with 46 and won the NL Rookie of the Year award last season. Kimbrel's success wasn't merely a by-product of getting 54 save chances as his peripheral stats were outstanding as well. He had a 14.8 K/9IP, a 3.97 K/BB ratio, increased his groundball rate (to 44.8 percent of batted balls) and only allowed three home runs. His only blemish was that he wore down at the end of the season by posting a 4.76 ERA in September and blew three of his final eight save chances including Atlanta's loss on the last day of the season that knocked them out of the playoffs. The Braves may try to reduce his workload a bit this season and have Jonny Venters save a few more games as a result. However, he'll should be among the elite NL closers again in 2012.

2011

Kimbrel is the leading candidate to replace the retiring Billy Wagner as Atlanta's closer in 2011. The 2008 third-round pick averaged 95 mph on fastballs in the majors last season and also features a nasty hard curveball. He was dominating at Triple-A with a 1.62 ERA and 13.5 K/9IP and shuttled between Triple-A and Atlanta several times before getting regular duty in September, when he threw 11 scoreless innings with a 23:5 K:BB -- often in crucial situations. He also thrived in the playoffs by giving up just one run and one walk with seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Many times the best pitching prospects are not closers in the minors. However, this is a case where a top prospect was a minor league closer. And so far everything he's shown in the minors and in his brief time in the majors suggests he'll thrive in the closer role with the Braves -- as long as he can win the job this spring.

2010

A future closer, Kimbrel overpowers hitters with a 95 mph heater and a nasty hard curve. His command is somewhat erratic, but minor league hitters had little chance against him last year. He led the minor leagues with 15.5 strikeouts per nine innings last season. He does need to improve his control as he had just a 103:45 K:BB ratio. Still, the Braves aggressively promoted him from Low-A to Triple-A last season, so he could be a part of the Atlanta bullpen in 2010. And it's not hard to see him becoming Atlanta's closer in 2011.