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Craig Kimbrel

27-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox

2016 Stats

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0-1

ERA

3.75

WHIP

0.83

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21

SV

8

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:  69.59

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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.

April 30, 2016  –  Craig Kimbrel News

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Kimbrel picked up the save in Friday night's 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Yankees.

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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 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
2008 20 A ROM 10 0 0 12.2 6 1 0 26 4 2 0 4 0.71 0.82
2009 21 A MYR 19 0 0 26.3 18 16 2 45 28 0 2 2 5.52 1.75
2009 21 A ROM 16 0 0 20.0 9 2 0 38 6 0 0 10 0.90 0.75
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 MAJ BOS 13 0 0 12.0 5 5 2 21 5 0 1 8 1 0 3.75 0.83
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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)     368 0 0 360.3 198 68 20 584 135 19 13 233 1.70 0.92

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Craig Kimbrel Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
May. 1 NYY 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.75 0.83
Apr. 29 NYY 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 4.09 0.91
Apr. 25 @Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 4.50 1.00
Apr. 24 @Hou 1.0 2 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 5.00 1.11
Apr. 22 @Hou 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.38 1.00
Apr. 19 TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.52 1.04
Apr. 18 Tor 0.7 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.05 1.20
Apr. 16 Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 4.50 1.00
Apr. 15 Tor 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 5.40 1.20
Apr. 13 Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 6.75 1.00
Apr. 11 Bal 1.0 1 3 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 9.00 1.33
Apr. 8 @Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 0.00 0.50
Apr. 5 @Cle 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Last 14 Days
7 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
6.0 3 2 2 1 1 9 1 0 0 0-0 4 1 0 3.00 0.67
Last 30 Days
13 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
12.0 5 5 5 2 5 21 1 0 0 0-1 8 1 0 3.75 0.83
Last 60 Days
13 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
12.0 5 5 5 2 5 21 1 0 0 0-1 8 1 0 3.75 0.83

Craig Kimbrel Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201617802002.118
2015122401421513.194
2014133551317101.147

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2016301353100.125
201511747819103.176
2014111401313301.135

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20167.701514413.520.91
201533.04120481442.731.03
201435.00127601101.030.74

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20164.30037114.150.69
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 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
2008 20 A ROM 10 0 12.2 19.18 2.95 6.50 0.00 90% 0.71 -0.08 .417
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 A ROM 16 0 20.0 17.10 2.70 6.33 0.00 86.7% 0.90 0.30 .328
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 MAJ BOS 13 0 12.0 15.75 3.75 4.20 1.50 0.38 62.5% 97.4 MPH 3.75 3.37 .189
Today's Projections     0 0 .4 10.40 2.27 4.58 0.74 77.1% 2.60 -0.48 .280
Next 7 Days     0 0 3.0 9.87 2.86 3.45 0.92 79.8% 2.65 3.29 .267
Rest Of Season     0 0 47.0 10.43 3.04 3.43 1.15 81.7% 2.71 3.56 .267
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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     368 0 360.3 14.59 3.37 4.33 0.50 84.7% 1.70 1.84 .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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4.20 K/BB
GREAT
15.75 K/9
ELITE
3.75 BB/9
WEAK
97.4 MPH Fastball
ELITE
1.5 HR/9
TERRIBLE
0.38 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.75 ERA
WEAK
0.83 WHIP
ELITE
3.37 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

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

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.189 BABIP
LOW
62.5% Strand Rate
LOW

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

Kimbrel struck out two batters during a perfect ninth inning to pick up the save in Monday night's 1-0 win over Atlanta.

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Kimbrel blew his first save of the season Sunday versus the Astros, allowing two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.

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Kimbrel retired the only batter he faced to collect his fifth save Friday against the Astros.

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Kimbrel notched his fourth save while striking out the side in a perfect ninth inning in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

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Kimbrel notched his third save with a scoreless ninth inning against Toronto on Friday night.

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Kimbrel struck out the side in order Wednesday against the Orioles for his second save of the year.

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Kimbrel took his first loss of the year Monday against the Orioles, allowing three runs on a three-run Chris Davis home run. It was the first three-run homer Kimbrel has ever allowed in the majors, the Boston Globe reports.

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Kimbrel recorded his first save by pitching a perfect ninth in Friday's 8-7 victory over the Blue Jays. He also struck out a batter.

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Kimbrel made his regular-season debut for Boston on Tuesday, striking out two and walking one in a non-save situation.

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Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning Thursday, striking out all three batters faced in a game against the Mets.

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Kimbrel made his debut with his new team Friday, allowing an unearned run in one inning against the Rays, the Boston Herald reports. "I felt like it went good. I was controlling my fastball and tried to throw some offspeed pitches over the plate," Kimbrel said. "With spring training that will come, but I was really pleased with how my fastball was today."

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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.