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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%: 96/93 | Average Draft Position: 60.08
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Padres RP Craig Kimbrel serves up game-tying HR on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel blew his second save of the year, as he allowed a game-tying home run to the Marlins' Derek Dietrich in the ninth inning on Friday. The Padres would wind up winning the game 8-3 in 11 innings.

Kimbrel, who was the subject of trade rumors over the last several days, had converted 21 straight save opportunities before Friday's hiccup. 


Padres RP Craig Kimbrel closes out Mets for 30th save Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 30th save of the season in Thursday's 8-7 win over the Mets. Kimbrel, who took the mound after a near three-hour rain delay, struck out a batter as he preserved the victory.

Kimbrel remains perfect in save chances this season, and his ERA has dwindled to 2.68--it was as high as 4.50 in early June.


Report: Nationals top suitor list for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) The Nationals are reportedly the most likely team to land Padres closer Craig Kimbrel despite their continued interest in Reds counterpart Aroldis Chapman.

General manager Mike Rizzo appears determined to find a lights-out closer.

"I almost bet my house that he will do something big," a source close to Rizzo told Fox Sports MLB insider Ken Rosenthal.

Kimbrel has hit his stride after a rough patch early in the season and is now among the hottest closers in the game.


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel perfect Sunday in earning 29th save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Some wondered if Padres closer Craig Kimbrel had lost his mojo when he skidded in late April and May.

They are doubting him no longer.

Kimbrel remained on a roll Sunday by retiring the Marlins in order in the ninth to preserve a victory. He struck out none, but still earned his 29th save.

He has not allowed a run in 12 of his last 13 appearances and has shrunk his ERA to 2.73, its lowest point since April 26.


Padres' Craig Kimbrel records 28th save, remains perfect in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel recorded yet another save in the 3-1 win over the Marlins on Saturday. Kimbrel struck out a pair of batters and made quick work of the Marlins, needing just 13 pitches to retire the side in order to claim his 28th save of the year.
Kimbrel's ERA has dwindled to 2.82, which is quite impressive considering it was as high as 5.93 on May 13. He has allowed just three earned runs in 25 appearances since that point.

Padres RP Craig Kimbrel collects 27th save on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel racked up another save on Friday, closing out the 3-1 win over the Marlins. Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth inning to record his 27th save of the season.

Kimbrel has converted 18 consecutive save chances and has been scored upon once in his past 11 appearances. 


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel notches 26th save of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel recorded his 26th save of the season during his team's win over the Giants on Monday.

Kimbrel closed out the ninth inning of a 4-2 win with ease and needed just four pitches to do so.

Kimbrel now has a 2.97 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 14 walks in 36 1/3 innings of relief this season.


Padres' Craig Kimbrel strikes out the side for 25th save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel nailed down the save for the second night in a row on Saturday.

Kimbrel struck out the side, picking up his 25th save of the year in the 5-4 win over the Rockies. 


Padres RP Craig Kimbrel nails down 24th save on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth inning to record his 24th save of the season in Friday's 4-2 win over the Rockies. Kimbrel struck out a batter and lowered his ERA to 3.15.

Despite that inflated ERA, Kimbrel remains a perfect 24-for-24 in save chances this year.


Padres RP Craig Kimbrel notches save Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Padres pitcher Craig Kimbrel struggled during his relief appearance Sunday, but he was able to shut the door on the Rangers for a 2-1 win.

Kimbrel allowed one run on three hits over 1 1/3 innings of work. He recorded his 23rd save of the season and his ERA is now 3.24.


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel notches 22nd save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Old pro Craig Kimbrel showed young buck Shawn Tolleson how the closer business is done Saturday night. After the latter blew his first save for the Rangers, the former did what he's been doing for years for the Padres.

That is, shut down the opponent in the ninth.

Kimbrel struck out Robinson Chirinos, Leonys Martin and Shin-Soo Choo to secure his 22nd save. He has managed six consecutive scoreless appearances. He has his ERA down to 3.09, its lowest point since April 26.


Padres' Craig Kimbrel earns 21st save of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to protect a one-run lead, Friday against St. Louis.

Kimbrel earned his 21st save of the year and converted his 12th straight save opportunity. He's earned saves in his last five appearances and hasn't allowed a run since June 16. 


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel records 20th save of year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel recorded his 20th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

Kimbrel closed out the 11th inning of a 5-3 win with just 14 pitches. It was his 20th save in 21 attempts this season.


Padres RP Craig Kimbrel picks up 19th save of the season Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 19th save of the season, working a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Kimbrel worked around a two-out walk by getting Jake Lamb to strike out and end the game.

Kimbrel has now converted 10 consecutive saves chances, and is 19-for-20 overall this season.


Padres RP Craig Kimbrel slams door for 18th save on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 18th save of the season, working a scoreless 11th inning in the 3-2 extra-innings win over the Giants on Tuesday. 

Kimbrel worked around a walk by striking out the side to close out the game. The hard-throwing right-hander is now 18-for-19 in save chances this season.


Padres P Craig Kimbrel picks up 17th save of the year


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 17th save of the season in Thursday afternoon's 3-1 victory over the Athletics. 

Kimbrel allowed one hit but struck out two batters. He got out of the inning without allowing a run. He now has an ERA of 3.67 for the season. 


Padres P Craig Kimbrel walks two, gives up run in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his second loss of the season following his appearance in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Athletics 

Kimbrel entered with the game tied at 5-5 in the ninth inning. After walking two batters and recording one out, Kimbrel gave up an RBI single to Eric Sogard. This proved to be the game-winner for the Athletics. 

Kimbrel now has an ERA of 3.81 for the season. 


Padres closer Craig Kimbrel nails down save No. 16 on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/14/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel worked around a lead-off hit to preserve a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday. Kimbrel picked up his 16th save of the season, striking out one batter in his inning of work. 

Padres RP Craig Kimbrel notches 15th save on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 15th save of the season in the 6-4 victory over the Braves. Kimbrel pitched a perfect 11th inning, striking out two on the way to preserving the win. 

Kimbrel is now 15-for-16 in save chances this season, and has been scored upon once in his last eight outings.


Padres RP Craig Kimbrel earns 14th save of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Padres pitcher Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect 11th inning to help the defeat the Braves 5-3 in extra innings Monday.

Kimbrel closed the door on his former team by getting Todd Cunningham to strike out. Kimbrel has converted 14 of his 15 save opportunities this season.


Padres RP Craig Kimbrel records 13th save of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save of the season in his team's 9-7 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Kimbrel struckout two batters, but he did allow a hit and a walk in the solo inning he pitched.

Kimbrel's ERA is down to 4.29 this season.


Padres' Craig Kimbrel earns 12th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Padres closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 12th save on Wednesday, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to shut the door on his team's 5-4 win over the Angels.

Kimbrel was able to record two quick outs before surrendering a single to Johnny Giavotella, who was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. The Padres closer owns a 5.00 ERA and 26:7 K:BB ratio in 18 innings.


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."