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46 Craig Kimbrel RP
Height/Weight: 5-11/220 | Birthdate: 5/28/1988 | Birthplace: Huntsville, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: Wallace State CC AL (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $655,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/90 | Average Draft Position: 59.92
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Padres' Craig Kimbrel works past shaky outing for save No. 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel worked past another shaky outing for his 11th save of the season Tuesday night against the Cubs.

Kimbrel surrendered a solo home run to Chris Coghlan with two outs in the ninth inning. The right-hander was charged with a run on one hit and no walks while striking out two in an inning of work to secure a 4-3 victory.

Kimbrel has allowed four earned runs over his last four innings pitched, raising his ERA from 4.63 to 5.74 on the year.


Padres' Craig Kimbrel allows run, earns 10th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel delivered his 10th save Wednesday despite allowing one earned run on two hits in one inning while striking out two in his team's 4-2 victory over the Mariners.

Kimbrel opened the inning by giving up a single and was able to record two outs before the runner moved up to second base on fielder's indifference. A double brought the runner around to score, making it the third time in his last four starts that Kimbrel has allowed at least one run, but he was able to strike out the following batter to end the game.

Kimbrel owns a 5.93 ERA and 19:5 K:BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings.


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel ready to put Saturday in the past


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel is eager to get back on the mound after Saturday's blown save in Arizona, according to U-T San Diego. The blown save ended Kimbrel's streak of 35 consecutive saves, the longest streak in the majors.

"Obviously, I want to convert every opportunity I get," Kimbrel said a day after allowing two runs in the ninth inning of a game the Padres won in the 12th. "The thing now is to start a new one. I'm disappointed any time I give up runs, but the team won yesterday and that's all that really matters. …"

Kimbrel blames his execution of pitches at the end of games.

"My stuff's good,” said Kimbrel. "I've just run into some situations where I haven't executed pitches. That's what it came down to. Last night, I felt like my stuff was really good. I just didn't execute. It doesn't matter how well your stuff is working if you don't execute a pitch."


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel blows save on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel blew his second save opportunity of the season on Saturday in San Diego's 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks in 12 innings.

Kimbrel got the first two batters of the inning out with ease. But then, after a walk to Jordan Pacheco, he moved up on a throwing error. Aaron Hill then singled to right field, putting runners on first and third. 

Then, pinch hitter Danny Dorn came up with a 0-2 double to right to score both runners and send the game to extra innings. Kimbrel moved his ERA to 5.68 in 12 2/3 innings of work with 16 strikeouts.


Padres P Craig Kimbrel earns ninth save of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Padres pitcher Craig Kimbrel entered the ninth inning with a one-run lead and Kimbrel pitched a perfect inning to record his ninth save of the season during Friday's 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

Kimbrel is now a perfect 9 for 9 in save opportunities this season and his ERA stands at 4.63.


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel earns seventh save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth inning in San Diego's 4-2 win over the Rockies Saturday, earning his seventh save of the season.

Kimbrel needed just 14 pitches in the inning, striking out the final two batters he faced in Carlos Gonzalez and Nick Hundley. Kimbrel lowered his ERA to 4.66 in 9 2/3 innings of work.


Padres' Craig Kimbrel earns save in win over Dodgers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Padres reliever Craig Kimbrel struck out two batters in the ninth inning of Sunday's 3-1 win over the Dodgers. 

Kimbrel picked up his sixth save of the season after striking out two batters. He also got Yasmani Grandal to ground out to end the game. Kimbrel now has an ERA of 2.16 for the season. 


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel escapes shaky outing with save No. 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel escaped a shaky outing with the save Tuesday night against Colorado.

Pitching in Coors Field, the right-hander surrendered a solo home run to Nick Hundley to open the ninth inning. He settled down by striking out Wilin Rosario and retiring Corey Dickerson and Daniel Descalso to secure a 7-6 victory.

Kimbrel has converted all five of his save opportunities to start the year. He owns a 2.45 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and an 8:3 K:BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings.


Rare defeat befalls Padres closer Kimbrel on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Every so often super closer Craig Kimbrel proves he's mortal. It's rare, but it happens.

It happened Saturday in Chicago when he entered in a 6-6 tie and exited with a defeat, courtesy of two walks and two singles, the last of which was stroked by Starlin Castro and gave the Cubs a victory over the Padres.

Kimbrel had yet to allow a run this season.


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel turns lights out Friday on Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel has not missed a beat since the surprising trade that sent him packing from Atlanta right before the start of the regular season.

He continued mowing them down Friday afternoon against the host Cubs. Kimbrel retired the first two batters before allowing a single to Dexter Fowler. With slugger Anthony Rizzo looming on deck, he enduced Jorge Soler to ground out to nail down his fourth save in his last four appearances.

Kimbrel has yet to surrender a run this year.


Padres P Craig Kimbrel collects third save of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel earned his third save of the season in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Kimbrel struck out two batters and only allowed one hit. He has yet to give up an earned run this season. 


Joaquin Benoit moves to set-up for Padres after Craig Kimbrel trade


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit spent most of spring training preparing to be the team's closer. The plan changed when, right before Opening Day, the Padres traded for Craig Kimbrel

Benoit's role has changed to set-up man. He's pitched in four games so far this season, all in the eighth inning. 

After blowing a lead in his first appearance, Benoit has settled down. He's 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and three strikeouts in four innings. 


Padres P Craig Kimbrel gets save in win over Giants


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Padres pitcher Craig Kimbrel was credited with a save in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Giants. 

Kimbrel pitched a flawless ninth inning, He got Matt Duffy to ground out, Angel Pagan to strike out and Nori Aoki to fly out to center. This is Kimbrel's second save of the season. 

Kimbrel has yet to give up a run in four appearances this year. 


Craig Kimbrel picks up first save with the Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Craig Kimbrel recorded his first save with the Padres in a 1-0 win over the Giants on Friday. The right-hander worked past a Joe Panik and forced Angel Pagen to a game-ending double play to preserve the lead and the win for San Diego.

Kimbrel, who was obtained Sunday in a blockbuster trade with Atlanta, has not allowed a run in his first three innings of work. He owns a 1.00 WHIP with a 3:1 K:BB ratio to start the season.


Craig Kimbrel makes Padres debut in non-save situation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Craig Kimbrel made his Padres debut in a non-save situation against the Dodgers on Tuesday. 

Kimbrel was summoned in the bottom of the ninth after his team broke a 3-all tie with four runs in the top of the ninth. He struck out Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson and Justin Turner swinging to secure a 7-3 victory. Of his 16 pitches, 10 were strikes.


Craig Kimbrel on trade to Padres: 'It did catch me a little off-guard'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel acknowledged he was caught off guard on Sunday when he was traded from Atlanta to San Diego before Opening Day, per MLB.com.

"It did catch me a little off-guard," Kimbrel said. "It was shocking that it was a day before Opening Day, and it wasn't something you are expecting.

"You can tell this organization is going after it, it's not a few-years deal, it's right now. As a player, that's exciting," Kimbrel said. "You don't know how long you're going to play this game.
"[Being here] you could tell everyone is excited ... from the front office to the players. That gets me excited. I'm ready to get the ball and get started."

Last year, Kimbrel joined Trevor Hoffman (1998-2001, 2004-07) and Francisco Rodriguez (2005-08) as the only pitchers to secure 40-plus saves in four consecutive seasons. No closer has reached 40-plus saves in five straight seasons.

"What he's done in his career, the last four years, speaks for itself. He's a legitimate ninth-inning guy. A four-time All-Star, a big arm, an impact bullpen guy. ... He makes us better," manager Bud Black said. "When it first came to pass, it jars you a little bit. You feel good about it and you feel good about it for the team. It's a big lift to us in a lot of ways."


Padres acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton from Braves


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Padres and Braves have an agreement in place for a trade that would send closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton to San Diego for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck and the No. 41 overall pick in next year's draft, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The teams later confirmed the report.

Kimbrel led the league in saves in 2014 with 47 and a 1.61 ERA in 61 2/3 innings pitched. Upton will join his brother, Justin, in San Diego. He hit .208 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 519 at-bats in 2014.

The Braves are also expected to designate Quentin for assignment after the trade, according to Heyman. Quentin hit .177 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 130 at-bats in 2014.


Braves P Craig Kimbrel picks off runner against Mets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel executed a perfect pick-off play in Tuesday's game against the Mets.

In the seventh inning, Kimbrel caught Mets outfielder Cesar Puello straying from first and picked him off. Kimbrel has never been known as someone to execute the pick-off play. He's only picked off one runner during the regular season.

"The pickoff was nice, I don't think I've done that in three or four years," Kimbrel said. 


Braves' Kimbrel throws changeup in spring to help with mechanics


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) When news spread Thursday that Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was throwing changeups during batting practice, it generated some buzz before manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated it probably wouldn't be a pitch that makes it into Kimbrel's in-season repertoire.

It seems Kimbrel indicated as much Friday, saying throwing the changeup in spring training offers him a way to improve his mechanics and avoid putting too much early strain on his arm with an overabundance of curveballs.

"It does help me with extension and getting through my pitches," Kimbrel said, per MLB.com. "That's really the main reason I throw it. Plus, I don't want to go out there and flip off breaking balls over and over again until my arm is ready to do it. So why not throw a changeup?"


Braves' Kimbrel adds changeup to repertoire, might not use it in games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has risen to the status of one of the elite closers in the majors behind his devastating fastball-combo slider. However, during live batting practice Thursday, he showcased another potential pitch for his repertoire -- a changeup.

Although, manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't sure Kimbrel will throw the changeup when the Braves starting playing in games, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Chris Johnson told me he threw a couple of changeups,” Gonzalez said. “He’s probably just playing with it. Add a third pitch if he has to. I don’t know how much he’ll use it when the games start.”


Braves have no interest in trading All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) While the Braves have been aggressive this offseason reshaping their roster, which included trades of Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, one player not on the move is All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart told MLB.com.

"We love our core group," Hart said. "We have added quality players around this group to allow us to compete while strengthening the farm system. We’ve added (Nick) Markakis, (Jason) Grilli, (Jim) Johnson, A.J. (Pierzynski) and others to help us compete this year. We have never entertained trading (Kimbrel) and have had zero conversations with any clubs about Craig. I want him finishing out a World Series win."

Kimbrel, who was NL Rookie of the Year in 2011, was an All-Star for a fourth straight season in 2014. While he was 0-3 last season, he posted a 1.61 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 47 saves in 54 appearances. He is 15-10 with a 1.43 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in five MLB seasons. He has had at least 42 saves the last four seasons.


Craig Kimbrel escapes tough outing with the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out one and worked his way around a walk and a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory over the Phillies. He has converted 46 of 50 save chances, with a 1.63 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 60 2/3 innings of relief.

Craig Kimbrel delivers 44th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 44th save Wednesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 victory over the Nationals.

The coleader in the National League in saves, Kimbrel hadn't pitched since giving up a run one week ago in a non-save situation, but the Braves were able to end a five-game losing streak Wednesday. He owns a 1.71 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 88:25 K:BB ratio in 58 innings.


Craig Kimbrel records 1-2-3 inning for the save Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out one and needed 14 pitches to retired the side in order in the 10th inning to record his 43rd save of the season Saturday night against Miami. Kimbrel has converted 43 of 47 save chances, with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over 56 innings of relief.

Craig Kimbrel saves No. 42 Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel saved his 42nd game Wednesday against the Phillies. 

Kimbrel entered with a three-run lead, and was able to close the door. He had to work around a leadoff walk, but that wasn't an issue. After getting the first out on a lineout, Kimbrel induced a game-ending double play. He has a 1.64 ERA this season.