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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wallace State CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Craig Kimbrel pitched two scoreless innings in a tie game to pick up the win in relief for the Red Sox on Thursday.
It was his first win of the year. It's also just the fourth time in 21 career appearances in which he's come into a tie game and his team has ended up winning. It looked like it would go the other way when he loaded the bases with none out in his second inning of work today, but he was able to get a pop out and two strikeouts to end the frame. Jun 23 - 6:09 PM

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Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save of the season Saturday as the Red Sox bested the Blue Jays.

Kimbrel gave up a single to Russell Martin to open the top of the ninth inning, but Kevin Pillar promptly hit into a double play and Darwin Barney flied out to right field. Kimbrel has a sharp 2.82 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 35/8 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings this season out of the Boston bullpen.
Jun 4 - 7:30 PM

Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 10th save of the season Sunday as the Red Sox topped the Astros.

Kimbrel retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, striking out Tyler White and Carlos Gomez and inducing a lineout from Luis Valbuena. The right-hander has been absolutely dominant for the Red Sox in May and now holds a 2.65 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and 28/8 K/BB ratio over 17 total innings this season.
May 15 - 5:20 PM

Craig Kimbrel slammed the door on the Yankees on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead.

Kimbrel retired all three hitters he faced without issue, recording a pair of strikeouts in the process. He now sports a 3.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 21/5 K/BB ratio through 12 innings on the season while successfully converting eight of his first nine save chances.
May 1 - 11:53 PM

Craig Kimbrel threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Yankees on Friday for his seventh save of the season.

Kimbrel needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame and notched one strikeout along the way. The 27-year-old has had a pair of rough outings in the early going, so he still has a 4.09 ERA, but he has struck out 19 batters in 11 innings of work.
Apr 29 - 10:15 PM

Craig Kimbrel nailed down his sixth save of the season Monday, striking out two in a perfect inning versus the Braves.

Kimbrel made quick work of his former team, needing just 11 pitches to retire Atlanta on a couple punchouts and a groundout. The closer has had a couple shaky outings this season and one blown save, but he boasts an 18/5 K/BB ratio over 10 innings.
Apr 25 - 10:26 PM

Craig Kimbrel couldn't close the door on the Astros on Sunday, serving up a two-run homer to Colby Rasmus with two outs in the final frame.

Kimbrel was tasked with protecting a two-run advantage and retired the first two hitters without any trouble before allowing a double to Carlos Correa. That set the stage for Rasmus to tie the game with one mighty hack. It was the first blown save of the year for Kimbrel, who now sports an inflated 5.00 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
Apr 25 - 1:13 AM

Craig Kimbrel struck out all three Blue Jays batters he faced Saturday to earn his fourth save of the season.

It wasn't a cakewalk, either, as Kimbrel drew Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki protecting a two-run lead. He got Bautista looking and Encarnacion swinging before freezing Tulo with a fastball. Kimbrel has had one bump in the road, a three-run loss against the Orioles, but has otherwise been spotless through six appearances with his new club.
Apr 16 - 7:01 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Blue Jays for his first save of the season.

Asked to protect a one-run lead, Kimbrel got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out to right field before striking out Troy Tulowitzki swinging and inducing another fly out from Michael Saunders. The 27-year-old has seen his ERA increase in each of the last three seasons, but it’s ultimately a minor critique, as he misses a tremendous amount of bats and his velocity is just as good as ever. He’s still among the elite closers in the game.
Apr 8 - 11:49 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning in a non-save situation Tuesday in Cleveland.

David Ortiz had to go and hit his 504th career home run in the top of the ninth inning, giving the Red Sox a 6-2 lead and removing the possibility of a save opportunity for Kimbrel, who had already begun warming up in the visitors bullpen. Kimbrel walked Marlon Byrd but struck out two of the other four batters he faced. He should be a top-tier fantasy closer all season.
Apr 5 - 4:38 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out all three Mets he faced Thursday.

Kimbrel allowed a hit and an unearned run in his first appearance of the last spring, but in the last four, he's retired 12 of 13 batters, striking out eight of them.
Mar 24 - 4:16 PM

Craig Kimbrel was away from Red Sox camp Monday for the second consecutive day.

It's a private family matter -- nothing that should affect his readiness for Opening Day. It doesn't take long for relievers to get properly tuned up for the regular season, and Kimbrel is a veteran at this by now. He'll serve as Boston's ninth-inning man in 2016 and should be one of the first closers off the board in drafts this spring.
Feb 29 - 10:35 AM

Red Sox acquired RHP Craig Kimbrel from the Padres for OF Manuel Margot, INF Javier Guerra, INF Carlos Asuaje and LHP Logan Allen.

While it won't solve the Red Sox woes in the starting rotation, having a lockdown option in the ninth inning will certainly improve the pitching staff as a whole. The 27-year-old right-hander has been the best closer in the business since he broke in with the Braves in 2010, compiling a microscopic 1.63 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 563/130 K/BB ratio over 348 1/3 innings.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 08:28:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox have acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres.

The Padres will reportedly receive a package of four prospects in return. Dave Dombrowski has long favored power arms at the back end of the bullpen, and he now has one of the best in the business closing games for his new club. The Red Sox will take on the remainder of Kimbrel's contract, which will pay him $11 million in 2016, $13 million in 2017 and includes a $13 million club option for 2018 ($1 million buyout).
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 07:46:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel gave up an unearned run to blow his fourth save against the Giants on Wednesday.

Buster Posey led off the ninth by popping a fly ball that right fielder Matt Kemp bobbled. Brandon Crawford next sliced a ball down the left field line for a double, leaving runners at second and third with no outs. It sure looked like Kimbrel would wriggle from the jam after striking out the next two batters, but a wild pitch brought home Posey. Luckily for the Padres, they scored in the bottom of the frame to make Kimbrel (2.72 ERA) the unwitting winner.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 01:53:00 AM

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