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Craig Kimbrel | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Craig Kimbrel collected his 32nd save of the season in dominant fashion Monday versus the Padres.
Kimbrel struck out all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, needing only 13 pitches. Atlanta's closer has a ridiculous 1.90 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 74/17 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 total frames this year. Jul 28 - 3:06 PM

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Craig Kimbrel delivered a perfect ninth inning against the Phillies on Friday for his MLB-leading 30th save of the season.

Kimbrel struck out two batters in the inning. The 26-year-old fireballer hasn't allowed a run over his last nine appearances and owns an excellent 12/1 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings in that timespan. He appears well on his way to another 40-plus save season.
Jul 18 - 11:32 PM

Craig Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 28th save as the Braves won against the Mets on Thursday.

Kimbrel, recently named to the National League All-Star roster, made quick work of the Mets, recording a strikeout in the process. He has pitched four consecutive perfect ninth innings. Kimbrel, as expected, has been dominant, having converted 28 of 32 save opportunities with a 1.96 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 61/15 K/BB ratio.
Jul 10 - 10:15 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning en route to his 26th save in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

It's the fifth time Kimbrel has fanned the side in a perfect ninth inning this season. The right-hander is now 26-for-30 in save opportunities with a 2.10 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 59/15 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 10:53 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 24th save in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

Kimbrel got into a bit of two-out danger, allowing back-to-back singles. After Jimmy Rollins stole second base, the winning run was 180 feet away, but Kimbrel got Chase Utley to fly out to end the game. The right-hander is 24-for-28 in save chances with a 2.23 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and a 55/15 K/BB ratio.
Jun 29 - 5:05 PM

Craig Kimbrel held the Phillies scoreless in the ninth inning to pick up his 23rd save in Friday's win.

Kimbrel worked around a lead-off walk, sandwiching a John Mayberry, Jr. fly out with two strikeouts. The flame-throwing closer is now 23-for-27 in save opportunities with a 2.30 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, and 55/15 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.
Jun 27 - 10:22 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save against the Astros on Tuesday.

Coming off his fourth blown save of the year, Kimbrel rebounded to set the Astros down in order. The save was his 22nd of the year, third-most in the National League. He's had a few minor glitches in the month of June, but Kimbrel remains one of the most effective closers going.
Jun 24 - 11:47 PM

Craig Kimbrel blew his fourth save of the season Friday against the Nationals.

After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, Kimbrel issued a leadoff walk to Nate McLouth before retiring the next two batters. However, Anthony Rendon followed with a two-run homer to tie the game. While the damage was done, Kimbrel managed to get through the inning and the Braves eventually won the game in 13 innings. This was just the third time in Kimbrel's career that he had given up a home run with a runner on base. The last time was in 2011.
Jun 21 - 12:17 AM

Craig Kimbrel earned his 21st safe with a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Kimbrel issued a one-out walk, but was able to record back-to-back strikeouts to finish the ballgame. The right-hander continues to be among baseball's best relievers, as he is now 21-for-24 in save chances with a 1.91 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and a 52/12 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings.
Jun 19 - 10:09 PM

Craig Kimbrel picked up his 20th save of the season on Sunday, recording the final two outs against the Angels to protect a 7-3 lead.

David Carpenter started the ninth inning, but allowed a one-out single to Mike Trout and beaned Albert Pujols, prompting Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez to bring on his closer. The stud closer needed just 10 pitches to strike out Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick to end the proceedings.
Jun 15 - 11:48 PM

Craig Kimbrel picked up his 19th save of the season on Friday, striking out a pair in a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels.

Just another outing for the most dominant reliever in the league. Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Kimbrel set down all three hitters he faced without any trouble. He now owns a terrific 1.75 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 47/11 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings on the season.
Jun 13 - 10:56 PM

Craig Kimbrel earned his 15th save of 2014 in the Braves' victory over the Marlins on Saturday.

Kimbrel was only asked to record the final two outs of the 9-5 victory and did so easily. He now has 154 career saves, tying John Smoltz for most in Braves franchise history. Kimbrel, 26, owns an outstanding 1.77 ERA and 37/9 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this year.
May 31 - 8:15 PM

Craig Kimbrel tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Marlins for his 14th save of the season.

Kimbrel was handed the loss against the Red Sox on Thursday, in part due to some shaky infield defense, but he bounced back nicely Friday and lowered his ERA to 1.83 ERA in the process. He now has 153 saves, which puts him one away from tying John Smoltz's franchise record.
May 30 - 10:21 PM

Craig Kimbrel earned his first loss of the season while recording only one out, allowing the Red Sox to walk off 4-3 winners against the Braves on Thursday.

Kimbrel put out a two-out, bases-loaded fire in the bottom of the eighth, but the Red Sox weren't done rallying. Kimbrel walked Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Brock Holt to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Bradley advanced to third on Xander Bogaerts' infield single and came around to score on third baseman Chris Johnson's throwing error. It's the first time Kimbrel has walked two batters in an outing. He still has 13 saves with a 1.93 ERA with a 36/9 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings.
May 29 - 10:39 PM

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning Friday against the Rockies to lock down his 13th save of the season.

Kimbrel has struck out the side in back-to-back outings and has allowed just one run over his last 12 appearances. He has fanned 36 batters in 18 1/3 innings this season, giving him a strikeout percentage of 47.3 percent. That's nine percent higher than where he was last year, which was still pretty fantastic.
May 24 - 12:03 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
2Ryan Doumit
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Aaron Harang
5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
7Kris Medlen
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6James Russell
7David Hale
8Juan Jaime
9Jonny Venters
10Cory Gearrin