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46 Craig Kimbrel RP

Atlanta Braves

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
96%92%
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
61.20-3471.619526
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2014ATL031.6163000475161.2301311222695

Player Updates

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Braves' Kimbrel throws changeup in spring to help with mechanics
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

When news spread Thursday that Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was throwing changeups during batting practice, it generated some buzz before manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated it probably wouldn't be a pitch that makes it into Kimbrel's in-season repertoire.

It seems Kimbrel indicated as much Friday, saying throwing the changeup in spring training offers him a way to improve his mechanics and avoid putting too much early strain on his arm with an overabundance of curveballs.

"It does help me with extension and getting through my pitches," Kimbrel said, per MLB.com. "That's really the main reason I throw it. Plus, I don't want to go out there and flip off breaking balls over and over again until my arm is ready to do it. So why not throw a changeup?"

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Braves' Kimbrel adds changeup to repertoire, might not use it in games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has risen to the status of one of the elite closers in the majors behind his devastating fastball-combo slider. However, during live batting practice Thursday, he showcased another potential pitch for his repertoire -- a changeup.

Although, manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't sure Kimbrel will throw the changeup when the Braves starting playing in games, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Chris Johnson told me he threw a couple of changeups,” Gonzalez said. “He’s probably just playing with it. Add a third pitch if he has to. I don’t know how much he’ll use it when the games start.”

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Braves have no interest in trading All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

While the Braves have been aggressive this offseason reshaping their roster, which included trades of Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, one player not on the move is All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart told MLB.com.

"We love our core group," Hart said. "We have added quality players around this group to allow us to compete while strengthening the farm system. We’ve added (Nick) Markakis, (Jason) Grilli, (Jim) Johnson, A.J. (Pierzynski) and others to help us compete this year. We have never entertained trading (Kimbrel) and have had zero conversations with any clubs about Craig. I want him finishing out a World Series win."

Kimbrel, who was NL Rookie of the Year in 2011, was an All-Star for a fourth straight season in 2014. While he was 0-3 last season, he posted a 1.61 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 47 saves in 54 appearances. He is 15-10 with a 1.43 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in five MLB seasons. He has had at least 42 saves the last four seasons.

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Craig Kimbrel escapes tough outing with the save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out one and worked his way around a walk and a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory over the Phillies. He has converted 46 of 50 save chances, with a 1.63 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 60 2/3 innings of relief.

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Craig Kimbrel delivers 44th save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 44th save Wednesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 victory over the Nationals.

The coleader in the National League in saves, Kimbrel hadn't pitched since giving up a run one week ago in a non-save situation, but the Braves were able to end a five-game losing streak Wednesday. He owns a 1.71 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 88:25 K:BB ratio in 58 innings.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Relievers 2 3 106.37
Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Philadelphia 5.000 0.00535
vs LHB 33.100 1.3501353
vs RHB 27.100 1.9801339
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
9/6@MIA0011.00001
9/10@WAS0001.01102
9/17WAS0011.00000
9/22PIT0001.00001
9/24PIT0010.20002
9/27@PHI0011.01011
9/28@PHI0011.01003
Two Week Schedule
APRIL
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
5
6
@Miami
4:10 pm
Tickets
7
@Miami
7:10 pm
Tickets
8
@Miami
7:10 pm
Tickets
9
10
NYM
7:35 pm
Tickets
11
NYM
7:10 pm
Tickets
12
NYM
1:35 pm
Tickets
13
Miami
7:10 pm
Tickets
14
Miami
7:10 pm
Tickets
15
Miami
12:10 pm
Tickets
16
17
@Tor
7:07 pm
Tickets
18
@Tor
7:07 pm
Tickets
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Fantasy Points by Week
33

20

-4

32

4

20

13

22

12

12

43

8

28

32

22

11

9

5

25

27

10

26

19

2

10

32

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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
Total 1510 1.43294000186205 289.01535146128108476
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2010ATL21000000000 --- --- ---
2011ATL79000000000 --- --- ---
2012ATL63000000000 --- --- ---
2013ATL68000000000 --- --- ---
2014ATL63000000000 --- --- ---
Total 294000000000 --- --- ---
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2010ATLP21010010 .000
2011ATLP7901147001.000
2012ATLP630505001.000
2013ATLP680734001.000
2014ATLP6301046001.000
Total  294034112210 .971
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
Total 4177204 0.942071022 .1521127 8.4 .20819
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2010ATL01 2.08400000 4.11210017
2012ATL00 0.00100000 1.00000001
2013ATL00 0.00100011 1.10000022
Total 01 1.35600011 6.212100310
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:
5-11/220
Birthdate:
5/28/1988
Age:
26
Hometown:
Huntsville, AL
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Atlanta Braves
College:
Wallace State CC AL (J.C.)
MLB Experience:
5
Awards:

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