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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%: 96/89 | Average Draft Position: 59.86
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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."


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.