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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 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

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Date:'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

Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save of the season on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead against the Marlins.

The undisputed top closer in baseball, Kimbrel is in the midst of another outstanding season, compiling a 1.70 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 84/24 K/BB ratio over his 53 innings.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:58:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel moved into a tie for the National League lead in saves with 39 after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Kimbrel was in danger immediately, allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base on a single and a walk. But a sac bunt, a fielder's choice ground out, and a weak fly out later, Kimbrel was able to wrap up the game for his 39th save. He's tied with Trevor Rosenthal and Francisco Rodriguez for the league lead. The flame-thrower is 39-for-43 in save chances with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, and an 84/24 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:15:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel dispatched of the Athletics in order on Friday, racking up his 37th save of the season in the process.

Kimbrel fanned the first two hitters that he faced and induced a weak ground ball off the bat of Alberto Callaspo, needing only nine pitches to do his work. He owns an outstanding 1.80 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 82/22 K/BB ratio over 50 innings on the season and remains the most dominant closer in the game today.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel got into trouble but wriggled free to grab his 35th save in Wednesday's win against the Dodgers.

Kimbrel, who is one behind Francisco Rodriguez for the MLB lead in saves, allowed the Dodgers to load the bases with one out with a walk, a bunt single, and a single to left field. He got Matt Kemp to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play to eliminate the threat. Kimbrel is now 35-for-39 in save chances with a 1.88 ERA, 0.94 ERA, and an 80/21 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:01:00 PM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 34th save of the season on Sunday, working a perfect inning to preserve a two-run victory over the Nationals.

Kimbrel needed just nine pitches to dispatch of the Nationals, including a strikeout. He has continued to perform as one of the most dominant closers in the league, registering a 1.91 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 79/20 K/BB ratio over 47 innings.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 11:30:00 PM

Asked to go a second inning, Craig Kimbrel took a loss in the 12th against the Padres on Saturday.

Kimbrel got through the 11th with some help from a Rene Rivera baserunning miscue and a fabulous play from Andrelton Simmons. In the 12th, though, he walked three batters and then gave up a walkoff hit to Will Venable. Had Kimbrel pitched as hoped, it would have been his first outing of two full innings since April 21, 2011.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 01:23:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 03:06:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 11:32:00 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.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 10:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Jesus Flores
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Alberto Callaspo
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Zoilo Almonte
2Jonny Gomes
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Melvin Upton
2Eric Young Jr.
3Joe Benson
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Wandy Rodriguez
6Eric Stults
7Michael Foltynewicz
8Chien-Ming Wang
9Cody Martin
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Jason Grilli
3James Russell
4Luis Avilan
5Jim Johnson
6Juan Jaime
7Arodys Vizcaino
8Michael Kohn
9Josh Outman
10Todd Coffey
11Brandon Cunniff
12Leyson Septimo
13Shae Simmons