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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo home run but still picked up his 11th save as the Padres escaped with a 4-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.
Staked to a two-run lead, Kimbrel got two quick outs on strikeouts before Chris Coghlan took him out to center field for a solo home run. The flame-throwing right-hander got Mike Baxter to ground out to end the game. Kimbrel has been remarkably hittable this season as he has a 5.74 ERA and has allowed three home runs in 15 2/3 innings. Nevertheless, he's 11-for-12 in save chances with a 23/5 K/BB ratio. May 20 - 1:11 AM

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Craig Kimbrel suffered his first blown save of the season on Saturday, coughing up two ninth-inning runs to the Diamondbacks.

Kimbrel came into the game with his Padres up 4-2. He recorded the first two outs with ease and then things started to get weird. He walked Jordan Pacheco, who advanced to second on an error. Then Aaron Hill singled to put runners on first and third, before Danny Dorn came up with a clutch pinch-hit double to tie the game. Kimbrel had been 9-for-9 in save opportunities, but he's seen his share of struggles and has now allowed eight runs in 12 2/3 innings. He does hold a 17/4 K/BB ratio, though, and remains a top fantasy closer as long as he's healthy.
May 10 - 12:32 AM

Craig Kimbrel tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday in the Padres' defeat of the Rockies.

Kimbrel struck out two of the three batters he faced, throwing 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes. He's now 7-for-7 in save opportunities with San Diego and should remain a top tier fantasy closer all season.
May 3 - 1:00 AM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Dodgers on Sunday, striking out two and locking down his sixth save of the year.

Kimbrel had allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, but there were no dramatics on Sunday. He entered the ninth inning with his team up 3-1 and went right at the Dodgers, fanning the first two hitters before getting Yasmani Grandal to foul out to end the game. Of Kimbrel's 13 pitches, 10 went for strikes. He's now 6-for-6 in save chances and holds a 2.16 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings. As long he's healthy, any little bumps in the road are just that.
Apr 26 - 7:02 PM

Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo home run in the ninth inning but still notched his fifth save of the season against the Rockies on Tuesday.

Kimbrel entered the bottom of the ninth with a two-run lead and was promptly greeted with a solo home run by Nick Hundley. The right-hander bounced back with a strike out of Wilin Rosario, induce a ground out from Corey Dickerson, and a pop-up against Daniel Descalso. Kimbrel has been scored upon in his last two outings but is still a perfect 5-for-5 in save chances with a 2.45 ERA and an 8/3 K/BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings.
Apr 21 - 11:54 PM

Craig Kimbrel converted his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's win over the Cubs.

Kimbrel got everyone's blood pumping when he allowed a two-out single to Dexter Fowler and then Fowler stole second base. However, the closer then got Jorge Soler to ground out to preserve the one-run victory. Kimbrel has permitted just five baserunners and no runs in his six appearances with the Padres.
Apr 17 - 5:38 PM

Craig Kimbrel picked up his first save for the Padres with a scoreless ninth Friday against the Giants.

It was Kimbrel's third appearance in four days, but his first in a save situation. The Padres are already using him more aggressively than the Braves did. Last year, 51 of his 63 appearances resulted in a save or a blown save.
Apr 11 - 1:29 AM

Craig Kimbrel, making his debut as a Padre, struck out the side in the ninth inning in a non-save situation in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

It appeared as if Kimbrel would be protecting the one-run lead the Padres had just taken in the top of the ninth, but his team just kept tacking on runs, ending the frame with a four-spot. Kimbrel fanned Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, and Justin Turner to end the contest. The flamethrowing right-hander should continue to post elite numbers, especially with a move to a more pitcher-friendly ballpark.
Apr 8 - 2:15 AM

Padres acquired RHP Craig Kimbrel and OF Melvin Upton from the Braves for OF Cameron Maybin, OF Carlos Quentin, RHP Matt Wisler, OF Jordan Paroubeck and the 41st pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft.

Well, if the Braves weren't in full rebuilding mode already they sure are now. The fantasy fallout from this move is immense, with Kimbrel taking over as the Padres' closer, Joaquin Benoit being relegated to a setup role, and perhaps Cameron Maybin landing a full-time job in the Braves' outfield. What an offseason it's been for San Diego.
Apr 5 - 6:35 PM

Craig Kimbrel retired the side in order in his inning against the Tigers on Sunday.

Kimbrel turned in shaky springs the last two years, and he started out a little wild this month, too, walking three batters in his first two innings. However, he's allowed just one hit in his three outings and he's yet to give up a run.
Mar 22 - 4:15 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have no desire to trade Craig Kimbrel, as the team is still optimistic about being competitive in 2015.

Kimbrel is entering the second year of a four-year contract extension and is still owed at least $34 million. The Braves have done a bit of restructuring, so trading Kimbrel -- who has led the league in saves four years running -- could net them some valuable pieces for the future. No matter where he is, Kimbrel should be expected to put up elite numbers in 2015.
Jan 15 - 9:21 AM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Braves' season final Sunday, earning the save in the 2-1 win over the Phillies.

Kimbrel went out in style, striking out three of the four batters he faced. His season ends with a 1.61 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 95/26 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings. This season marks the fourth straight year he's saved at least 42 games, saving more than 45 in three of the four years.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 05:55:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel finished off Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Nationals with a perfect ninth inning, earning his 44th save of the season.

Kimbrel is now 44-for-48 in save chances with a terrific 1.71 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and an 88/25 K/BB ratio. At least temporarily, he is tied with Trevor Rosenthal for the National League lead in saves.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:05:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel collected his 43rd save of the season Saturday in the Braves' defeat of the Marlins.

Kimbrel retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 10th inning, throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes. He has a lights-out 1.61 ERA and 43 saves.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel walked one but notched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 42nd save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Kimbrel issued a leadoff walk to Cesar Hernandez, but he was never really threatened in trying to preserve the three-run lead, getting a lineup and double play ball to end it. The flamethrower's 42 saves this season are tops in all of baseball.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 04:07:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Brandon Morrow
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Kevin Quackenbush
7Frank Garces
8Cory Mazzoni