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46 Craig Kimbrel RP

Boston Red Sox

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
82%76%
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
53.02-6313.408330
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2015SD422.5861000394359.1401917612287
2016BOS263.4057000313353.0282220443083

Player Updates

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Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Command needs to improve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kimbrel has been asked by the Red Sox to focus heavily on improving his command this spring, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Boston's closer walked 5.1 batters per nine innings in 2016.

Kimbrel has been an elite closer since he became one for Atlanta in 2011, but his performance for Boston last season was less than elite. Many statistics indicated he was the same old Kimbrel -- opponent batting average of .150 and 14.1 K/9 stand out -- but command got him in trouble. Of the 22 pitchers that recorded at least 20 saves, he ranked 17th in ERA. "That comes with alignment, delivering the ball to home plate," manager John Farrell said. "He got into a little bit of a habit where his posture might not have allowed him to stay in line, he'd end up being a little bit side-to-side, and that's where you saw some pitches yanked down and away from right-handers or he'd miss up to the arm side to left-handers." He's in no danger of losing the closer's job, but more consistent command is the goal for 2017.

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Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Third straight shaky outing Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Kimbrel allowed one run on a walk, a wild pitch and two sacrifices in one inning in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Toronto. Boston's closer has walked six of the last 13 batters faced and has been tagged with the loss in two of the last three games.

While Saturday's performance wasn't the kind of meltdown we saw Wednesday in New York, it's a reminder how dangerous a walk, particularly a leadoff walk, can be. Kimbrel has had a fleeting relationship with control all season, posting a 5.0 BB/9 rate while walking a career-high 13.6 percent of the batters faced, up from 9.2 percent last season. That problem is surfacing as the Red Sox prepare to embark on the postseason. With his velocity, Kimbrel doesn't need to be pinpoint with his pitches, but he needs to put the ball over the plate. Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's not considering moving Kimbrel out of the closer spot, but they need to fix this latest flare-up of control issues.

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Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Notches 31st save Friday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Kimbrel walked two batters in a scoreless inning for his 31st save of the season in Friday night's 5-3 win over Toronto.

Including Kimbrel's meltdown Wednesday against the Yankees, Boston's closer has walked five batters in his last two appearances. His performance has been disconcerting, particularly after he and the team played so well in September to clinch a spot in the postseason.

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Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Fails, but Boston clinches division
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Kimbrel failed to convert a save opportunity Wednesday, allowing a hit and three walks while being charged with four runs and the loss in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Yankees. Despite the blown save, the Red Sox clinched the AL East when Toronto lost earlier in the evening.

The rain was falling in New York when Kimbrel entered the game, which may have contributed to his location problems -- just 13 of his 28 pitches were strikes. He was yanked in favor of Joe Kelly, who served up a grand slam to Mark Teixeira. The performance was shocking after Kimbrel had been lights-out since mid-August.

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Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Unused in Sunday's save situation
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Kimbrel was left in the bullpen despite a save situation arising in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays.

Until we hear otherwise, this appears to be a decision based on Kimbrel's usage over the last week, not an injury. Boston's closer had pitched four of the last five days, so he was allowed to sit this opportunity out despite the Red Sox having an off day Monday. Instead, manager John Farrell left Joe Kelly (2.2 innings) in the game to finish off the Rays in the 10th.

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Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Cleveland 3.000 0.00226
vs LHB 23.200 4.5601236
vs RHB 29.100 2.4501847
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
9/22@BAL0011.00002
9/24@TB0011.01102
9/28@NYY0100.01430
9/30TOR0011.00021
10/1TOR0101.00110
10/7@CLE0000.10001
10/10CLE0001.00002
Two Week Schedule
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Fantasy Points by Week
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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2010ATL40 0.442100011 20.2921001640
2011ATL43 2.10790004654 77.04819183132127
2012ATL31 1.01630004245 62.227773214116
2013ATL43 1.21680005054 67.039109432098
2014ATL03 1.61630004751 61.2301311222695
2015SD42 2.58610003943 59.1401917612287
2016BOS26 3.40570003133 53.0282220443083
Total 2118 1.86412000256281 401.122192832213160646
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2010ATL21000000000 --- --- ---
2011ATL79000000000 --- --- ---
2012ATL63000000000 --- --- ---
2013ATL68000000000 --- --- ---
2014ATL63000000000 --- --- ---
2015SD61100000100 .000 .000 .000
2016BOS57000000000 --- --- ---
Total 412100000100 .000 .000 .000
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2010ATLP21010010 .000
2011ATLP7901147001.000
2012ATLP630505001.000
2013ATLP680734001.000
2014ATLP6301046001.000
2015SDP61084311 .875
2016BOSP570202001.000
Total  412044152721 .955
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2010ATL1518 0.3330004 .12588 10.9 .1530
2011ATL14256 0.8213104 .178306 9.5 .2338
2012ATL03834 1.2181005 .126231 6.2 .1723
2013ATL25147 1.1532003 .166258 8.3 .2474
2014ATL04149 0.9051006 .142244 8.5 .1894
2015SD14742 1.2181004 .185239 9.6 .3064
2016BOS02550 0.5620006 .152220 10.5 .2552
Total 5249296 0.913081032 .1571586 8.8 .22925
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2010ATL01 2.08400000 4.11210017
2012ATL00 0.00100000 1.00000001
2013ATL00 0.00100011 1.10000022
2016BOS00 0.00200000 1.10000003
Total 01 1.13800011 8.012100313
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2008 A-Myrtle Bch00 0.0020000 3.25000013
2008 R-Danville12 0.47120006 19.0541031027
2008 A-Rome20 0.71100004 12.261100426
2009AFX-Rome00 0.901600010 20.092201638
2009AFA-Myrtle Beach02 5.54190002 26.0181916212845
2009AAA-Gwinnett00 0.0020000 2.00000043
2009AA-Mississippi21 0.82120006 11.031101717
2010AAA-Gwinnett Braves32 1.644800023 55.0281310343583
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/210
Birthdate:
5/28/1988
Age:
28
Hometown:
Huntsville, AL
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Boston Red Sox
College:

MLB Experience:
7
Awards:

2011: NL Rookie of the Year
2012: NL Rolaids Relief Winner