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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: Atlanta | College: Wallace State CC AL (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $655,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/95 | Average Draft Position: 40.96
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Craig Kimbrel strikes out side in 31st save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 31st save Saturday, striking out the side to finish off his team's 5-3 win over the Padres.

Kimbrel took a loss in his last outing while giving up his first earned run since June 20, but he has still managed to rack up nine strikeouts in four innings over his last four appearances. Kimbrel has managed to strike out the side in a perfect inning seven times this season. He owns a 1.94 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 71:17 K:BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel picks up rare loss Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned a rare loss Thursday against the Marlins.

Kimbrel entered a tie game in the ninth inning. He quickly worked a strikeout for the first out of the inning. Kimbrel also struck out Marcell Ozuna, but Ozuna reached base on a wild pitch. Ozuna would also take second on another wild pitch from Kimbrel. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then proceeded to hit a single, which drove Ozuna home. 

The Braves couldn't muster up a run in the bottom of the inning, giving Kimbrel the loss. He dropped to 0-2 on the year.


Craig Kimbrel nails down another save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel nailed down another save Friday against the Phillies. 

Kimbrel tossed a perfect inning, striking out two hitters. It was Kimbrel's 30th save of the season. His ERA sits at 1.86 following the outing. 


Craig Kimbrel strikes out three in All-Star Game appearance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the seventh inning of Tuesday's All-Star Game and racked up three strikeouts against the American League squad.

Kimbrel got Derek Norris swinging for the first out of the inning, but Alexei Ramirez was able to reach first on an error, and he promptly stole second base. The Braves closer shook off the runner in scoring position, getting swinging strikeouts from Brandon Moss and Ian Kinsler to close out the inning. Kimbrel has posted seven three-strikeout performances during his 39 regular-season appearances.


Craig Kimbrel tosses 1-2-3 inning for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel struck out one and needed only seven pitches to complete a 1-2-3 inning for the save Sunday afternoon against the Cubs in Wrigley Field. Kimbrel has converted 29 of 33 save opportunities, with a 1.91 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.

Craig Kimbrel notches save 28


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel notched his 28th save Thursday against the Mets.

Kimbrel was called upon for the four out save. With two men on in the eighth inning, Fredi Gonzalez went to Kimbrel to get out of the jam. He struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the inning. Kimbrel then came out for the ninth. He pitched a perfect frame, but did not pick up any additional strikeouts. Kimbrel's ERA sits at 1.96 on the year. 


National League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

RHP Johnny Cueto, Reds
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
RHP Tyson Ross, Padres
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
RHP Julio Teheran, Braves
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
LHP Tony Watson, Pirates
RHP Pat Neshek, Cardinals


Craig Kimbrel tosses perfect frame for the save Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out one and secured a perfect ninth inning for the save Friday night against the Diamondbacks on Friday. Kimbrel has converted 27 of 31 save opportunities, with a 2.04 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over 35 1/3 innings. 

Craig Kimbrel strikes out side for 26th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning Tuesday to pick up his 26th save in his team's 5-4 win over the Mets.

Kimbrel's strikeout-strikeout-strikeout appearance, which may as well be called a "Kimbrel," was his first since accomplishing the feat on June 10. He owns a 2.10 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 59:15 K:BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel records 25th save Monday vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel locked down his 25th save Monday, striking out one during a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 5-3 win over the Mets.

It was the first time in six outings Kimbrel faced the minimum amount of batters, throwing eight of his 13 pitches for strikes. He owns a 2.16 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 56:15 K:BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel gives up two hits, earns save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel surrendered two hits Sunday but pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-2 win over the Phillies.

It was an odd outing for Kimbrel, who didn't record a strikeout in the appearance for just the second time in June while giving up multiple hits for the second time this month as well. However, he was able to get the job done and put his team a half-game up in the NL East. Kimbrel owns a 2.23 ERA and 55:15 K:BB ratio in 32 1/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel fans two in 23rd save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel saved his 23rd game of the season Friday, in a 4-2 win over the Phillies.

Kimbrel allowed one walk, but retired the side without trouble anyways. He struck out two batters and closed out the game on 16 pitches.

Kimbrel has already matched his career high with four blown saves, though he still ranks fourth in the National League with 23 saves. He has a 2.30 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings of work. 


Craig Kimbrel notches 22nd save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 22nd save Tuesday, striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to end his team's 3-2 win over the Astros.

Kimbrel had to record four outs in the inning, as a fielding error let the second batter of the inning reach base. He was able to retire George Springer with a strikeout to end the game with the tying run on second base. Kimbrel owns a 2.37 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 53:14 K:BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel allows rare homer in blown save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel allowed his first home run of the season Friday against the Nationals, in his fourth blown save.

Kimbrel allowed the Nationals to tie the game up on a two-run home run by infielder Anthony Rendon. Kimbrel ended the inning having allowed two runs on two walks and one hit while failing to record a strikeout for the first time since May. The Braves went on to win the game, 6-4, in extras.

Kimbrel has been just a little less dominant than usual this season, with a 2.45 ERA that is more than a run higher than his career mark. Still, he ranks second in the National League with 21 saves in 25 attempts, while striking out 52 batters in 29 1/3 innings. 


Craig Kimbrel fans two for 21st save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel shut the door on his 21st save Thursday, in a 3-0 win over the Nationals.

Kimbrel allowed one base runner by way of a walk, but was never in much trouble. He struck out two batters for the win, his fifth straight successful save.

Kimbrel has 21 saves in 24 chances on the season, to go with 52 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings of work.


Craig Kimbrel closes out Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel picked up a rare two-out save Sunday night against the Angels. Kimbrel struck out Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick to secure a 7-3 victory. He has converted 20 of 23 save chances, with a 1.98 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 27 1/3 innings of relief.

Craig Kimbrel Ks two for the save Friday night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out two of the three batters he faced for the save Friday night against the Angels. Kimbrel needed only 13 pitches to retire the side in order. He is 19 of 22 in save chances with a 1.75 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and 47:11 K:BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings.

Craig Kimbrel secures 17th save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel recorded his 17th save Monday, striking out two batters and walking one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Rockies.

Kimbrel bounced back from blowing a save in his last appearance to deliver a vintage performance Monday, though he has walked four batters in 5 1/3 innings over his last six outings. He owns a 1.90 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 42:11 K:BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel blows save Saturday vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel couldn't convert a save opportunity Saturday, giving up one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out two in his team's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Kimbrel continues to be dominant, with 40 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings this season, but Saturday's blown save was his third of the season. He converted 50 of his 54 save opportunitles last season. Kimbrel owns a 1.99 ERA and 40:10 K:BB ratio while racking up 16 saves.


Craig Kimbrel records four outs, enters Braves record book


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel recorded his 155th career save Friday, moving into first place in franchise history in a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Kimbrel didn't have the easiest path to the save, as he entered in the eighth inning with a runner on base representing the tying run. He moved the runner into scoring position on a wild pitch, but struck out Martin Prado to end the threat.

Kimbrel had an easier time in the ninth, as he induced three fly ball outs to close out the game. He is now 16 for 18 on save opportunities this season, with a 1.66 ERA. He has struck out 38 batters in 21 2/3 innings of work. 


Craig Kimbrel matches John Smoltz with 154th career save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel matched a franchise record held by John Smoltz by recording his 154th career save in his team's 9-5 win over the Marlins Saturday.

The Braves called upon Kimbrel with one out and two men on the ninth inning, and after striking out the first batter he faced, the closer saw the game extended on an error by the second baseman, who failed to cleanly catch what would have been the final out on a throw from the third baseman. Kimbrel was able to induce another ground ball against the next batter to finish off the save.

Kimbrel hadn't recorded a strikeout in either of his previous two appearances before notching one Saturday. He owns an exemplary 1.77 ERA and 37:9 K:BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel sets Marlins down without a K


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel worked an atypical ninth inning Friday against the Marlins, as he got the save without recording a strikeout.

Kimbrel retired the side in order on three fly balls, using 15 pitches. He recorded his 14th save in 16 chances, and still has 36 strikeouts in just 19 2/3 innings of work.


Craig Kimbrel can't stop the bleeding in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was called on to stem the bleeding late in Thursday's game against the Red Sox, but the defense behind him let him down in a 4-3 loss.

Kimbrel entered a tied game in the eighth innings with runners on first and second, after the Red Sox rallied to tie the game. He got out of the inning with ease, and came back out for the bottom of the ninth with the game tied, in an attempt to send it to extra innings.

Kimbrel walked the first two batters he faced in the innings, but seemed like he might have gotten nearly out of a jam with a groundball to third. Unfortunately, second baseman Tommy La Stella had trouble fielding a potential double play ball, which allowed the runner to advance from second home, scoring the winning run.

Kimbrel took his first loss of the season in the outing, while allowing one run and recording one out. The game raised his ERA nearly half a run, to 2.41. 


Craig Kimbrel fans the side for 13th save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is finding his stride, as he struck out the side for the second outing in a row in a 3-2 win over the Rockies Friday.

Kimbrel set down each batter he faced on just 13 pitches total Friday for the save, his 13th of the season. He has blown two saves while posting a 1.96 ERA, with 36 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings of work.  


Craig Kimbrel closes out Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel needed 18 pitches as he struck out the side to close out a 5-4 win and the save Thursday night against the Brewers.

Kimbrel has not allowed a run over his last four innings pitched. He is 12 for 14 in save opportunities with a 2.08 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 33:7 K:BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings.