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Craig Kimbrel

26-Year-Old Pitcher – Atlanta Braves

2014 Stats

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0-3

ERA

1.61

WHIP

0.91

K

95

SV

47

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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 ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 220   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 pitched a perfect tenth inning to earn his 43rd save against the Marlins on Saturday.

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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
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3-Year Averages     70 0 0 68.9 38 11 3 113 22 3 2 46 5 0 1.44 0.87
Career  (View All)     294 0 0 289.0 153 46 12 476 108 15 10 186 1.43 0.90

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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
Sep. 28 @Phi 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.61 0.91
Sep. 27 @Phi 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.63 0.91
Sep. 24 Pit 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.66 0.89
Sep. 22 Pit 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.68 0.90
Sep. 17 Was 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.71 0.91
Sep. 10 @Was 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.74 0.93
Sep. 6 @Mia 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.61 0.93
Sep. 3 Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.64 0.95
Aug. 31 Mia 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.67 0.94
Aug. 29 Mia 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.70 0.94
Aug. 27 @NYM 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.73 0.94
Aug. 22 @Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.76 0.92
Aug. 17 Oak 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.80 0.92
Aug. 16 Oak 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.84 0.94
Aug. 13 LAD 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.88 0.94
Aug. 10 Was 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.91 0.89
Aug. 9 Was 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.96 0.91
Aug. 8 Was 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.00 0.93
Aug. 2 @SD 1.3 2 1 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 2.05 0.95
Jul. 28 SD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.90 0.87
Jul. 26 SD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.94 0.89
Last 14 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
4.7 2 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 0-0 4 0 0 0.00 0.64
Last 30 Days
11 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
10.7 6 1 1 1 3 11 0 0 0 0-0 9 0 0 0.84 0.84
Last 60 Days
21 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
21.0 10 2 2 1 9 27 0 1 0 0-1 17 0 0 0.86 0.90

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Craig Kimbrel Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2014133551317101.147
201313251926602.211
201212261913001.116

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2014111401313301.135
2013126471113102.116
201210955514102.136

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201435.00127601101.030.74
201335.7412350820.760.70
201233.7212067821.070.68

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201426.70220351522.361.13
201331.30227481221.721.09
201229.0102249610.930.62
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
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3-Year Averages     70 0 68.9 14.76 2.87 5.14 0.39 86% 1.44 1.44 .301
Career     294 0 289.0 14.82 3.36 4.41 0.37 86.3% 1.43 1.60 .294

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2014 Stat Review for Craig Kimbrel    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.65 K/BB
GOOD
13.86 K/9
ELITE
3.79 BB/9
POOR
97.1 MPH Fastball
ELITE
0.3 HR/9
ELITE
1.26 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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1.61 ERA
ELITE
0.91 WHIP
ELITE
1.90 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.262 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
83.3% Strand Rate
HIGH

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

Kimbrel recaptured the major league lead in saves by pitching a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against the Phillies.

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Kimbrel tossed a scoreless ninth inning to protect a 5-2 win and log his 40th save against Miami on Friday night.

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Kimbrel tossed a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his 39th save of the season.

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Kimbrel struck out a pair while finishing off Friday's win against the Reds to earn his 38th save of the season.

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Kimbrel struck out two while retiring the side in order en route to his 37th save of the season Sunday night versus the A's.

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Kimbrel recorded a sloppy save Wednesday against the Dodgers, as he loaded the bases, but escaped with a game-ending double play. He allowed two hits and a walk, striking out one.

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Kimbrel recorded his 34th save of the season in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Nationals, striking out one while retiring the side in order during a scoreless ninth inning.

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Kimbrel was on his game Friday night, tossing a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 7-6 Atlanta win over Washington and log his 33rd save.

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Kimbrel (0-3) struggled and took the loss Saturday against the Padres. He allowed a run on two hits, while walking three and striking out one over 1.1 innings.

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Kimbrel took the loss against Miami on Thursday, allowing a run in the top of the ninth inning.

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Kimbrel notched two strikeouts while retiring the side in order en route to his 30th save of the season in Friday's win over the Phillies.

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Kimbrel could see more four- and five-out save chances moving forward, MLB.com reports. "The more he can do that, the more you feel comfortable using him in the postseason that way," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I don't feel comfortable yet using him two innings. But in the course of the year when the situation is right, where you have him pitching four or five days, maybe you go five outs and keep working him that way, but the pitch count is the biggest thing."

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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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.