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Craig Kimbrel

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox

2017 Stats

W-L

5-0

ERA

1.43

WHIP

0.68

K

126

SV

35

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

On the surface, Kimbrel filled his role as Boston's closer well. He converted 31 of 33 save opportunities and struck out 14.1 batters per nine innings. But if you dig a bit deeper, Kimbrel had his pro...

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2017 ADP:  76.94

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Craig Kimbrel Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $42 million contract extension with the Braves in February of 2014. Contract includes $13 million club option and $1 million buyout for 2018.

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Kimbrel will stay with the Red Sox in 2018 after the club picked up his $13 million option Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

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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 57 0 0 53.0 28 20 4 83 30 2 6 31 2 1 3.40 1.09
2017 29 MAJ BOS 67 0 0 69.0 33 11 6 126 14 5 0 35 4 1 1.43 0.68
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3-Year Averages     60 0 0 58.0 32 16 4 88 26 2 3 39 3 0 2.48 1.00
Career  (View All)     479 0 0 470.3 254 94 28 772 174 26 18 291 1.80 0.91

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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. 30 Hou 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.43 0.68
Sep. 29 Hou 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.32 0.66
Sep. 24 @Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.34 0.66
Sep. 22 @Cin 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.36 0.67
Sep. 19 @Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.38 0.66
Sep. 18 @Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.41 0.67
Sep. 16 @TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.43 0.68
Sep. 15 @TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.45 0.69
Sep. 14 Oak 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.48 0.69
Sep. 10 TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.50 0.67
Sep. 5 Tor 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.53 0.68
Sep. 1 @NYY 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.55 0.66
Aug. 29 @Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.58 0.67
Aug. 28 @Tor 1.0 1 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.61 0.68
Aug. 27 Bal 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.31 0.64
Aug. 23 @Cle 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.33 0.63
Aug. 20 NYY 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.36 0.62
Aug. 18 NYY 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.38 0.63
Aug. 16 StL 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.41 0.65
Aug. 13 @NYY 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.44 0.66
Aug. 8 @TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.48 0.68
Aug. 6 CWS 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.51 0.69
Aug. 5 CWS 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.54 0.69
Aug. 4 CWS 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.58 0.70
Aug. 1 Cle 1.0 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 W 0 1 0 1.61 0.67
Jul. 29 KC 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.24 0.60
Jul. 26 @Sea 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.27 0.59
Last 14 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
6.0 4 1 1 1 0 7 1 0 0 0-0 2 0 0 1.50 0.67
Last 30 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
12.0 6 1 1 1 3 21 1 0 0 0-0 4 0 0 0.75 0.75
Last 60 Games (Team)
27 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
27.0 15 5 5 3 7 50 2 1 0 3-0 11 1 0 1.67 0.81

Craig Kimbrel Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201711860819304.178
201699361212202.145
2015122401421513.194

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201713666614302.109
2016121471816502.158
201511747819103.176

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201736.3201764431.240.72
201630.01316452023.301.13
201533.04120481442.731.03

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201732.73018621031.650.64
201623.01315381023.521.04
201526.3011939822.391.06
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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 57 0 53.0 14.09 5.09 2.77 0.68 0.63 70.4% 97.3 MPH 3.40 2.97 .265
2017 29 MAJ BOS 67 0 69.0 16.43 1.83 9.00 0.78 0.89 87.8% 98.3 MPH 1.43 1.46 .282
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3-Year Averages     60 0 58.0 13.66 4.03 3.38 0.62 77.8% 2.48 2.41 .270
Career     479 0 470.3 14.77 3.33 4.44 0.54 83.5% 1.80 1.84 .290

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Craig Kimbrel Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 59.3 -1 4 -1 0 33 0 0 0
2016 P 53 -1 2 -1 0 30 -1 0 0
2017 P 69 0 4 0 0 36 1 0 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P -1 0 0 0 -1 0 -2
2016 P 0 0 0 1 -1 0 0
2017 P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

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2017 Stat Review for Craig Kimbrel    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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9.00 K/BB
ELITE
16.43 K/9
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1.83 BB/9
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98.3 MPH Fastball
ELITE
0.8 HR/9
GOOD
0.89 GB/FB Ratio
BALANCED
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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1.43 ERA
ELITE
0.68 WHIP
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1.46 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

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

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.282 BABIP
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87.8% Strand Rate
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Craig Kimbrel: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kimbrel allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Astros in a non-save situation.

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Kimbrel struck out one in a clean inning of work to earn his 35th save of the season Sunday against the Reds.

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Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning on one hit to earn his 34th save of the season Friday against the Reds.

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Kimbrel struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to extend Tuesday's game into extra innings, where Boston eventually defeated Baltimore, 1-0.

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Kimbrel struck out two batters in a clean ninth frame to earn his 33rd save of the season Saturday against the Rays.

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Kimbrel struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Friday to collect his 32nd save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Yankees.

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Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 31st save Tuesday against Toronto.

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Kimbrel picked up his 30th save despite allowing two runs on a hit and two walks Monday against Toronto.

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Kimbrel struck out the side to record his 29th save Friday against the Yankees.

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Kimbrel (4-0) struck out two over 1.1 innings to earn the victory in Boston's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Yankees.

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Kimbrel struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his 28th save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Rays.

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Kimbrel struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 27th save of the season during Sunday's win over the White Sox.

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Kimbrel pitched a perfect inning while striking out two to record his 26th save Saturday against the White Sox.

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Kimbrel (3-0) gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in the ninth inning Tuesday to blow his fourth save of the year, but he was bailed out by Christian Vazquez's three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth during a 12-10 win over Cleveland.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

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 season, Kimbrel fell short of 40 saves after reaching that threshold in four straight years, but he still finished fourth in the NL with 39 saves, blowing only four opportunities. His average fastball velocity was higher than it's ever been, and his swinging-strike rate was right in line with his career mark, but Kimbrel's H/9 and HR/FB rates both jumped significantly with lefties doing far more damage against him than they ever have in the past. That said, the peripherals remain excellent at age 27 and he is about as safe as they come at baseball's most volatile position, especially after the Red Sox gave up a nice package of young talent to acquire him from the Padres in November to take over as their closer.

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.