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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
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 a hitless ninth and earned his fifth save on Sunday in a victory over the Orioles.
Kimbrel struck out two. He has yet to allow an earned run, and he's allowed just two hits on the season. Outside of some command issues against the Rays in the second series of the year, he's been close to flawless. Apr 15 - 4:04 PM

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Craig Kimbrel recorded his fourth save Thursday in the Red Sox’s win over the Yankees.

Kimbrel wasn’t expecting to come in with Boston holding a 6-0 lead in the ninth inning but was forced into action when Gary Sanchez smacked a three-run double off Marcus Walden. The right-hander came in and did his job, setting down the Bombers in order while throwing 12 of his 14 pitches for strikes. The All-Star closer has yet to allow a run in six innings this year.
Apr 12 - 11:22 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his third save of the season in a win over the Rays on Sunday.

Kimbrel needed just 12 pitches to get through the ninth inning, and he didn't allow a baserunner. He's yet to allow a run in the 2018 campaign, and while he hasn't missed bats at an elite level just yet, he looks like he'll once again be among the very best stoppers in all of baseball in 2018.
Apr 8 - 5:17 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect inning against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Kimbrel has been away for the Red Sox for most of the month to be with his daughter after heart surgery, but he's been keeping his arm strong and he was sharp today. He'll be ready to close on Thursday.
Mar 27 - 4:16 PM

Craig Kimbrel (personal) is on his way back to Boston's camp and will throw live batting practice on Monday.

Kimbrel has been away from the Red Sox since February 28, as he's been attending to his daughter, Lydia, who underwent heart surgery. The best news is that his daughter is doing better. Red Sox manager Alex Cora expects Kimbrel to be ready for Opening Day, and he'll once again be one of the top closing options in baseball in 2018.
Mar 18 - 11:09 AM

Craig Kimbrel has been away from the Red Sox for the last 12 days after his daughter, Lydia, underwent heart surgery.

Lydia was born on November 3 with a heart condition and has undergone multiple surgeries at Boston Children's Hospital since then. Manager Alex Cora spoke to Kimbrel on the phone recently and was told Lydia is "doing better." Kimbrel has been throwing in Boston but it's unclear at this point when he might return to Red Sox camp. Obviously, baseball isn't his highest priority at the moment.
Mar 11 - 10:18 AM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that he will consider using Craig Kimbrel in non-save situations next season.

If a higher-leverage situation presents itself earlier in the game -- say, the seventh or eighth inning -- the new Boston skipper said he might deploy Kimbrel without worrying about his closer's saves total. It's a smart baseball strategy, though it could obviously present some frustrating days and nights for fantasy owners. Kimbrel dominated to the tune of a 1.43 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 126/14 K/BB ratio in 69 innings this past season.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 05:15:00 PM

Red Sox exercised RHP Craig Kimbrel's $13 million club option for 2018.

Kimbrel was one of the top closers in baseball this year, delivering a 1.43 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 126/14 K/BB ratio in 69 innings while tallying 35 saves. The 29-year-old right-hander is scheduled to become a free agent next winter.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 11:14:00 AM

Craig Kimbrel was presented the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award before Saturday's World Series Game 4.

Kimbrel received the award for posting a microscopic 1.43 ERA and 0.68 WHIP while striking out 126 batters in 69 innings for the Red Sox this season. The 29-year-old also won one in 2014 as a member of the Braves, the only pitcher to win both the Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, named after the former Padres closer, award. Kenley Jansen won the award for National League relievers in 2017.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 08:12:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds and finished with his 35th save of the season.

Kimbrel also had a strikeout, punching out Jesse Winker to end the game. It's been a sensational year for the former Brave and Padre, as he now owns a 1.34 ERA with a whopping 122 strikeouts in 67 innings.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds on Friday for his 34th save of the season.

He needed just eight pitches to finish off the victory. Kimbrel gave up a one-out single to Zack Cozart, but he induced a double-play grounder from Joey Votto to end the game. The 29-year-old hasn't been scored upon since August 28, lowering his ERA to 1.36 for the year.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:52:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two batters in a clean ninth inning to earn a save against the Rays on Saturday.

He is just about as close to unhittable as it gets in major league baseball. He has a 1.43 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 63 innings. The former Brave and Padre is 5-0 with 33 saves in 37 chances.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 09:26:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel sat down the side in order on Friday against the Yankees for his 32nd save of the season.

Kimbrel needed 15 pitches to lock down the win, including a strikeout of Gary Sanchez. He’s delivered back-to-back clean appearances since his rocky outing against the Blue Jays on Monday. Kimbrel is 32-for-36 in save chances this year to go along with a ridiculous 1.55 ERA and 106/11 K/BB ratio over 58 innings.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 10:13:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth against the Blue Jays on Tuesday to earn his third save in three days.

Addison Reed also worked in his third straight game tonight, so the Red Sox might have to cobble things together if they have another late lead on Wednesday. That could result in a save chance for Brandon Workman.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 10:05:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel secured his 30th save of the season Monday against the Blue Jays despite giving up a two-run homer to Justin Smoak.

We’ve become accustomed to near-perfection this season, but even the best have a night off here and there. In addition to the homer from Smoak, Kimbrel walked two batters in the frame. It was the second time all season that he allowed more than one run in an appearance and the first time that he walked more than one batter. The most important thing is that he got the job done as the Red Sox snapped their four-game losing streak.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 12:23:00 AM

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