MLB

Atlanta Braves
Career W-L
16-11
 
Career ERA
1.64
Name  Craig Kimbrel
Born  5/28/1988
Height  5-11
Weight  220
Number  46
Position  RP
Bats  R
Throws  R
5/20/2015 9:49:00 AM
Description: Padres closer Craig Kimbrel recorded his 11th save on Tuesday, but he did allow a home run to Chris Coghlan.
Insight: It is nice Kimbrel is tied for third in the National League in saves, but he has a 5.74 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 15 2/3 innings. Not exactly what fantasy owners signed up for before the season.
 
4/8/2015 10:53:00 AM
Description: Padres closer Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in his San Diego debut on Tuesday.
Insight: It wasn't a save situation because San Diego scored four runs in the top of the ninth. The Padres still used Kimbrel, though, because he had already been warming up, anticipating pitching in a one-run game. Kimbrel should be the top fantasy closer once again especially pitching in the very pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
 
4/5/2015 7:39:00 PM
Description: The San Diego Padres traded for Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in a blockerbuster deal. The Braves also shipped outfielder Melvin Upton in exchange for outfielders Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, and Jordan Paroubeck along with right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler and the 41st pick in the 2015 MLB Draft according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: This trade on the eve of Opening Day for the Braves signifies that Atlanta is in full rebuilding mode. Kimbrel will have about the same value for the Padres as he did for the Braves. This means Joaquin Benoit will likely be the setup man in San Diego.
 
9/28/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Braves closer notches 47th save of year.
Insight: Another dominant season for Kimbrel. He finishes 2014 with a 1.61 ERA and 95 strikeouts. He should be one the first closers taken off the board in 2015.
 
9/27/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Rafael Montero ptches well in no-decision.
Insight: He finishes the year going 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits and and two walks, while striking out six. Montero was in line for the loss, but the Mets scored two in the bottom of the ninth, to walk-off 2-1.
 
9/6/2014 11:11:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel saved his 43rd game on Saturday, closing out the Marlins in the 10th inning.
Insight: Kimbrel retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning, throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes. In 57 appearances, he supports a 1.61 ERA and 43 saves.
 
9/3/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel racked up save No. 42 on Wednesday afternoon against Philadelphia.
Insight: Strangely, it was just the ninth outing this season, in 55 appearances where he didn't post a strikeout. He's got a 1.64 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 55 innings.
 
Hot8/27/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel tied Francisco Rodriguez and Trevor Rosenthal for the NL lead with 39 saves Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Kimbrel had a 2.45 ERA after blowing a save on June 20, but he's allowed just two runs on nine hits in his last 21 2/3 innings. He has a 1.73 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 52 innings this season.
 
Hot7/28/2014 2:58:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel went the final inning on Monday and struck out all three men he faced.
Insight: It was the ninth time he's struck out the side in 44 appearances. He's also struck out two batters in an inning 17 times. It was Kimbrel's 32nd save of the season, lowering his ERA to 1.94 and WHIP to 0.888.
 
5/31/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel tied John Smoltz's franchise record by earning his 154th save Saturday against the Marlins.
Insight: He's converted six save opportunities in a row, allowing just one unearned run over that span. Kimbrel, who is now in his fifth MLB season, is 12th among active players in saves.
 
4/19/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Kimbrel has been the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
 
4/17/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel threw a short bullpen session on Wednesday and could be back in the bullpen for Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Kimbrel has been the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
 
4/15/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel wasn't available on Monday due to a sore shoulder, but hopes to be ready for tuesday, weather permitting.
Insight: Kimbrel pitched Friday and Saturday which might have been the cause of his soreness. He's the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
 
2/18/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: The Braves signed reliever Craig Kimbrel to a four-year contract extension over the weekend.
Insight: Kimbrel's new $42 million deal includes a team option for 2018 ($1 million buyout). He's the best closer in the game right now and though $10.5 million a year is a lot to give a relief pitcher, Kimbrel should be worth every penny.
 
9/27/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel reached 50 saves for the first time in his career Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Kimbrel has turned in a third straight dominant campaign, going 50-for-54 in save chances with a 1.23 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 66 innings.
 
4/24/2013 7:31:00 PM
Description: Atlanta flamethrower Craig Kimbrel blew his first save of the 2013 campaign Wednesday in a loss at Colorado.
Insight: Take it easy, fantasy owners. Before Wednesday, Kimbrel hadn't given up a run all season. He still leads the majors in saves (eight) and we wouldn't expect too many more bumps in the road like this going forward.
 
Hot7/8/2012 7:25:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel shut the door in the ninth inning Sunday to complete Atlanta's sweep of the Phillies. The save was Kimbrel's 25th of the season.
Insight: He's given up just one run in his last 22 appearances. In that span, Kimbrel (0-1, 1.36 ERA) is a perfect 15-for-15 in save chances.
 
6/3/2012 5:47:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out the side against the Marlins on Sunday to record his 16th save of the year.
Insight: Kimbrel hasn't allowed a hit since May 11 or a run since May 4. The right-hander has picked up right where he left of last season, when he set the rookie saves record. This year, Kimbrel is 16-for-17 in save chances with a 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 20 innings.
 
2/26/2011 9:05:00 PM
Description: Kimbrel endured a tough first spring outing Saturday that included two walks, a double and a homer to go with just one recorded out.
Insight: One poor outing certainly doesn't spell doom for the rookie closer candidate, but he'll have to make this look like an outlier to win the job outright. (RapidDraft.com)
 

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