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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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 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

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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

Craig Kimbrel notched his 37th save of the season by striking out three over 1 1/3 scoreless frames in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

Kimbrel hasn't gone an appearance without striking out a batter since July. By only his standards of excellence is this a down year. Most any reliever in baseball would happily take a 2.82 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 37 saves.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 12:45:00 AM

Craig Kimbrel blew the save, but the Padres still found a way to win on Tuesday against the Rockies.

Kimbrel got two quick outs to start the ninth inning and it looked like he'd be able to preserve the Padres' 1-0 lead, but Nolan Arenado swatted a solo home run to left field to knot the game up. The Padres would walk off winners in the bottom of the ninth, so the right-hander vultured a win. It's only the third blown save of the year in 39 save situations for Kimbrel, who now has a 2.89 ERA with a 74/20 K/BB ratio over 53 innings.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 01:02:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Craig Kimbrel has been claimed on revocable waivers.

Rosenthal was told by a Padres official that they have "no intention" of trading the closer. San Diego did entertain offers for Kimbrel prior to the deadline, but obviously it's not ideal to only be able to negotiate with one team. Kimbrel is owed $24 million from 2016-17 and the Padres have a $13 million club option or $1 million buyout on him for 2018.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 01:49:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel allowed a run in the ninth inning, but still got his 34th save in Monday's 5-3 win against the Braves.

Kimbrel allowed a leadoff single to Nick Markakis, then walked A.J. Pierzynski to bring the tying run to the plate. He struck out Adonis Garcia, but allowed a run-scoring single to Jace Peterson, putting the potential tying run on first. Kimbrel bounced back, striking out Nick Swisher before getting Andrelton Simmons to fly out to right field to end the game. The right-hander is 34-for-36 in save chances with a 2.66 ERA and a 65/16 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 01:19:00 AM

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