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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Craig Kimbrel completed a scoreless 11th inning Thursday against the Cardinals for his 20th save of the season.
Asked to hold a two-run lead, Kimbrel gave up a leadoff single to Kolten Wong before retiring the next three batters. The 27-year-old has allowed just one earned run over his last 15 appearances, pulling his ERA down from 5.74 to 3.30 in the process. He's been getting better results of late, but his walks are still way up from where he's been in recent years. Jul 3 - 12:08 AM

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Craig Kimbrel took a loss Tuesday after allowing a run in the top of the ninth inning against the A's.

Kimbrel issued a leadoff walk to Sam Fuld, a two-out walk to Billy Burns, and then a go-ahead RBI single to Eric Sogard. Kimbrel has struggled uncharacteristically with run prevention this season, holding a 3.81 ERA in 26 innings. He had a 1.43 ERA in 289 innings with the Braves between 2010-2014.
Jun 16 - 6:51 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two and recorded his 15th save in a perfect 11th inning during Thursday's 6-4 win over the Braves.

Kimbrel entered the game holding a 6-4 lead. He didn't play around. After inducing a groundball out from Andrelton Simmons to open the 11th inning, Kimbrel struck out Christian Bethancourt and Jonny Gomes to end the game sans dramatics. He is now 15-for-16 in save chances. His 3.91 ERA is higher than you'd like to see for a closer, but Kimbrel's stuff remains top-notch. He holds a 34/9 K/BB ratio in 23 innings.
Jun 11 - 5:25 PM

Craig Kimbrel shut his former team down in 1-2-3 fashion as the Padres earned a 5-3 win in 11 innings versus the Braves on Monday.

Kimbrel got consecutive ground outs from A.J. Pierzynski and Andrelton Simmons before fanning Todd Cunningham to end the game. The 2015 campaign has been anything but easy for the right-hander, but he's 14-for-15 in save chances with a 4.09 ERA and a 32/9 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Kimbrel has cobbled together seven consecutive scoreless outings. Monday's save marked the 200th of his career, making him the first ever to get to 200 saves within his first six seasons.
Jun 8 - 11:12 PM

Craig Kimbrel recorded his first win in relief after pitching a perfect ninth in a tie game against the Pirates on Friday.

Kimbrel struck out two of the three batters he faced. He hasn't thrown many perfect innings this year -- this was his first since May 8 -- but three nice outings in a row could be taken as an indication that he's on the right track.
May 30 - 2:07 AM

Craig Kimbrel didn't take the loss, but allowed the Angels to walk off winners in the ninth inning on Monday.

Kevin Quackenbush allowed the Angels to put runners on the corners with one out, prompting manager Bud Black to bring in Kimbrel to put out the fire. Kimbrel struck out Erick Aybar, then intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases for Albert Pujols. Kimbrel broke Pujols' bat, but the grounder snuck into left field for a walk-off single. Kimbrel wasn't charged with the run or the loss, but entered the appearance having allowed runs in seven of his previous 11 outings and he carries a miserable 5.63 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 10 innings while going 11-for-12 in save chances.
May 26 - 12:26 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

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
6Frank Garces