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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%: 97/94 | Average Draft Position: 40.93
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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. 


Craig Kimbrel closes out Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out one and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Sunday afternoon at home against Miami. He has converted 41 of 45 save chances, with a 1.67 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP over 54 innings of relief.

Craig Kimbrel saves his 40th game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel saved his 40th game Friday.

Kimbrel entered the game with a three-run lead, and managed to shut the door. After giving up a single against the leadoff hitter, Kimbrel was able to erase that runner on a double-play. He induced a foulout to finish the game. 


Craig Kimbrel picks up 39th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 39th save Wednesday, giving up a hit and a walk but pitching a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 3-2 win over the Mets.

Kimbrel had an atypical outing, throwing just 11 of his 21 pitches for strikes while failing to record a strikeout. He owns a 1.73 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 84:24 K:BB ratio in 52 innings.


Craig Kimbrel nails down a save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel picked up a save Friday against the Reds.

Kimbrel entered with a two-run lead in the 12th inning. He struck out Jay Bruce to open the frame, and quickly got his second out on a lineout. With two outs, Kimbrel put one man on with a walk. He managed to shut the door against the fourth batter of the inning, striking out Skip Schumaker to end the game. It was Kimbrel's 38th save.


Craig Kimbrel makes quick work of A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel made quick work of the A's on Sunday for the save. He struck out two and needed only nine pitches to close out a perfect ninth inning for a 4-3 win. He has converted 37 of 41 save chances, with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP over 50 innings of relief.

Craig Kimbrel records 36th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 36th save Saturday, issuing a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the A's.

Kimbrel failed to strike out a batter in the inning, making it his first appearance with no strikeouts since June 29. He owns a 1.84 ERA and 80:22 K:BB ratio in 49 innings.


Craig Kimbrel escapes trouble in 35th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was able to record his 35th save Wednesday without allowing any runs despite having two runners on base with no outs and the bases loaded with one out.

Kimbrel was able to strike out Yasiel Puig with two men on to record his first out of the inning. After a single loaded the bases, he managed to get a game-ending double play to finish off his team's 3-2 win over the Dodgers. As a result, the closer extended his successful-conversion streak to 14 saves. Kimbrel owns a 1.88 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 80:21 K:BB ratio in 48 innings.


Craig Kimbrel makes quick work of Nationals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel made quick work of the Nationals on Sunday for the save. He struck out one and needed only nine pitches to close out a perfect ninth inning for a 3-1 win. He has converted 34 of 38 save chances, with a 1.91 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 47 innings of relief.

Craig Kimbrel strikes out two in 33rd save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel racked up his 33rd save Friday, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 7-6 win over the Nationals.

Kimbrel has taken losses in two of his last five appearances, giving up just a single run in each, but he hasn't blown a save opportunity since June 20. He owns a 2.00 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 77:20 K:BB ratio in 45 innings.


Craig Kimbrel gives up walkoff single in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was pegged with the loss Saturday night against the Padres in San Diego. Kimbrel permitted a walkoff single to Wil Venable in the 12th inning to end the game. He was charged with one run on two hits and three walks while striking out one in 1 1/3 innings. He owns a 2.05 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP over 44 innings of relief.

Craig Kimbrel blows away Padres for 32nd save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel left no doubt about his dominance Monday against San Diego. He not only retired the Padres in order to close out a victory, but he struck out the side in the process.

Kimbrel is now tied with St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal for the major league lead in saves with 32. He has allowed just one earned run in 13 appearances since June 20.


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.