Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel #46

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  • B/T: R/R
  • 5' 11"/220
  • Age: 27


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Pitches: Strikes, Balls


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Craig Kimbrel Stats

4-2 2.58 59.1 87 1.04

Craig Kimbrel MLB Career Stats

19-12 1.63 348.1 563 0.93

Craig Kimbrel Bio

  • Full Name: Craig Michael Kimbrel
  • Pronunciation: KIM-bruhl
  • Nickname: Blitzcraig
  • Born: 5/28/1988 in Huntsville, AL
  • Draft: 2008, Atlanta Braves, 3rd rd. (96th overall)
  • College: Wallace State CC, AL
  • Debut: May 7, 2010
  • Relationship(s): brother of Matt Kimbrel
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2015 Stats 4 2 2.58 61 0 39 59.1 87 1.04
MLB Career Stats 19 12 1.63 355 0 225 348.1 563 0.93
  • Status: Active

Craig Kimbrel Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Padres NL 451 Four-seam FB 97.96 98.00 2416.46 6.44 91.00
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 92.89 93.00 2212.21 6.16 90.00


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September 9, 2015 at 3:00 AM ET

Kimbrel blows save, gets win

Padres right-hander Craig Kimbrel blew a save after allowing one run on one hit -- a solo homer -- and no walks with two strikeouts in one inning on Tuesday, but he picked up a win when San Diego walked off in the bottom of the ninth.

August 1, 2015 at 9:53 PM ET

Kimbrel earns 31st save

Padres closer Craig Kimbrel fanned one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Marlins on Saturday to earn his 31st save.


Craig Kimbrel Awards

NL Rookie of the Year

Year Team League
2011 Atlanta NL

NL All-Star

Year Team League
2011 Atlanta NL
2012 Atlanta NL
2013 Atlanta NL
2014 Atlanta NL

Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year

Year Team League
2014 Atlanta NL

DHL Delivery Man of the Year

Year Team League
2013 Atlanta NL

DHL Delivery Man of the Month

Month Team League
08/2011 Atlanta NL
09/2012 Atlanta NL
08/2013 Atlanta NL

NL Rookie of the Month

Month Team League
06/2011 Atlanta NL
08/2011 Atlanta NL

Rookie of the Year (GIBBYs)

Year Team League
2011 Atlanta NL

Closer of the Year (GIBBYs)

Year Team League
2013 Atlanta NL

MLB Players Choice NL Outstanding Rookie

Year Team League
2011 Atlanta NL

AFL Rising Stars

Year Team League
2009 Peo Saguaros AFL Organization All-Star

Year Team League
2010 Atlanta NL

Craig Kimbrel Leaderboards


Season SV Rank
2011 46 1st in NL
2012 42 1st in NL
2013 50 1st in NL
2014 47 1st in NL
2015 39 4th in NL


Season G Rank
2011 79 2nd in NL

Craig Kimbrel Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
April 5, 2015 Atlanta Braves traded RHP Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. to San Diego Padres for CF Cameron Maybin, LF Carlos Quentin, LF Jordan Paroubeck and RHP Matt Wisler.
September 7, 2010 Atlanta Braves recalled Craig Kimbrel from Gwinnett Braves.
August 29, 2010 Atlanta Braves optioned Craig Kimbrel to Gwinnett Braves.
August 28, 2010 Atlanta Braves reassigned RHP Craig Kimbrel to the minor leagues.
August 27, 2010 Atlanta Braves recalled Craig Kimbrel from Gwinnett Braves.
June 22, 2010 Atlanta Braves optioned Craig Kimbrel to Gwinnett Braves.
June 4, 2010 Atlanta Braves recalled Craig Kimbrel from Gwinnett Braves.
May 22, 2010 Atlanta Braves optioned Craig Kimbrel to Gwinnett Braves.
May 5, 2010 Atlanta Braves selected the contract of Craig Kimbrel from Gwinnett Braves.
February 17, 2010 Atlanta Braves invited non-roster RHP Craig Kimbrel to spring training.
September 2, 2009 Craig Kimbrel assigned to Gwinnett Braves from Mississippi Braves.
July 31, 2009 Craig Kimbrel assigned to Mississippi Braves from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
June 25, 2009 Craig Kimbrel assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from Rome Braves.
May 2, 2009 Craig Kimbrel assigned to Rome Braves from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Craig Michael Kimbrel Bio Info

Resides in Huntsville, AL, with his wife, Ashley...Attended Wallace State (AL) CC...Signed by Brian Bridges.


Led the National League and ranked second in the Majors with 47 saves, as he converted 47-of-51 save opportunities (92.2%), in his fourth Major League season...Recorded a 1.61 ERA (11 ER/61.2 IP), while striking out 95 batters in 61.2 innings pitched over 63 appearances. Held opposing hitters to a .142 batting average...Broke the Braves franchise record with his 155th career rescue on 6/6 at ARI in his 16th save of the season, passing Hall of Famer John Smoltz's previous record of 154...Earned the 150th save of his career on 5/18 at STL at 25 years, 355 days, becoming the youngest pitcher in Major League history to reach the 150 rescue mark...Converted his final 26 save opportunities, from 6/24 through the end of the season. Over the 32-game span, he pitched at a 0.84 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 32.1 innings, while allowing just 14 hits (.131 opponents' batting average). His last blown save of the season on came on 6/20...Tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning with three strikeouts on 7/28. It marked the 26th time in his career that he faced three-plus batter in an inning and struck out every batter (had a four-strikeout inning on 9/26/12 vs. MIA)...Worked more than 1.0 inning on three occasions: 6/6 at ARI (1.1 IP, 1 K) and 7/10 at NYM (1.1 IP, 1 K) and converted a save in each of those outings. Also, 8/2 (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) when he suffered his third loss of the season...Pitched at a 1.03 ERA in 36 games (29 saves) at Turner Field. His ERA in 27 games (20 saves) away from Turner Field was 2.36...Allowed just two home runs on the season, 6/20 at WSH (loss) and 9/10 at WSH (no-decision)...Was selected to his fourth consecutive All-Star team. Struck out three of his four batters faced in 1.0 score less inning (he pitched the seventh inning).


Put together a historic season in his third full year in the majors, as he led National League relievers in ERA (1.21) and saves (50), while ranking fourth in strikeouts with 98. Finished fourth in voting for the National League Cy Young Award. His career-high 50 saves tied for the Major-League lead with BAL's Jim Johnson. Became the youngest player (25 years old) in Major League history to reach the 50-save plateau in a season with his 50th rescue on 9/27 vs. PHI. Became the second-youngest pitcher in Major League history to record 100 career saves (#100, 5/9 at SF). Became the second player in Braves history to record at least 50 saves in a season. John Smoltz established the record with 55 in 2002. Converted his 20th save on June 19 vs. NYM to become the first pitcher in Braves history to begin his career with three straight seasons of 20+ saves. With his 40th save on 7/24, became first pitcher in Major League history with 40+ saves in each of his first three seasons. Converted a franchise-record 37 consecutive save opportunities from 5/9-9/14. During the 37-game stretch, he allowed two runs (0.38 ERA) and 23 hits in 47 outings (47.1 IP), while striking out 68 batters. Was named Major League Baseball's Delivery Man of the Month for August after converting 12-of-12 save opportunities, while striking out 19 over 16.1 IP. It was the third time in his career to win the award. Named to the National League All-Star team for the third straight year. Converted his first career postseason save by recording four outs over the eighth and ninth innings on 10/4 in Game 2 vs. LAD. It marked his third career four-out save and second on the season. Allowed a home run to SD's Chase Headley on 9/14, his first home run allowed in a span of 47 games (since 5/7 at CIN). Spanning an 11-appearance stretch, 4/24-5/24, he allowed five earned runs in 10.2 innings pitched for a 4.22 ERA. The five earned runs surrendered during those 11 games was more than half of the total number of earned runs he allowed in his other 57 appearances on the season which included 56.1 innings pitched and four earned runs for a 0.64 ERA. Signed a four-year contract (with an option for a fifth year) through the 2017 season on February 16, 2014.

2012 Converted 42-of-45 save opportunities while posting an ERA of 1.01 with 116 strikeouts and only 27 hits allowed in 62.2 innings pitched. Finished fifth in National League Cy Young Award voting and finished eighth in NL MVP voting (the highest finish of any pitcher). He became just the second Brave to post two 40-save seasons (John Smoltz, three times, 2002-04). Achieved several pitching feats that had never been accomplished by a modern Major League pitcher (min. 60.0 IP): his 16.7 strikeouts per nine innings (116 K/62.2 IP) was the highest in Major League history; posted a .126 opponents' batting average, the lowest since 1900; his .358 OPS was the lowest in the Expansion era; had a strikeouts-to-hits ratio of 4.3-to-1, the best single-season ratio in the live-ball era; recorded 42 saves, despite a span of 23 games in August (8/4-27) without a save opportunity. His 42 saves ranked tied for first (T3rd in MLB) in the National League (with STL's Jason Motte). Ranked second among NL relievers with 116 strikeouts. 107 of his last 170 outs recorded were via strikeout, including 91 of his last 141, dating to 5/20 (also had a strikeout/wild pitch on 6/13 & 9/26). On 7/20, he suffered his first blown save on the road. Went 22-for-23 in road game save opps. Was named to his second consecutive All-Star team and used seven pitches to strike out his only two batters faced (Asdrubal Cabrera, Ian Kinsler). Suffered his first blown save on 5/2, before converting 20 straight chances with an .080 opponents' average (7-for-88), an 0.67 ERA (2 ER/27.0 IP) and 45 strikeouts in 27 games, from 5/3-7/19. Did not allow more than one hit in any of his appearances. Snapped his 17-game scoreless streak on 6/28 vs. ARI by allowing a home run to Chris Young. During that span (5/8-6/27), he held opponents to an .055 avg (3-for-55) while recording 31 K in 17.0 IP. Failed to strikeout a batter in 9/19's save (#38) at MIA. Had fanned at least one batter in 20 straight games since 7/19. Fanned at least one batter in 44 of his final 47 outings (since 5/20), with 92 strikeouts over that 46.2-inning stretch. In his 63 games, he struck out at least three batters 17 times. Fanned four batters in 1.0 IP for his 40th save on 9/26 vs. MIA. He became the fourth Braves pitcher (3rd reliever) to notch four strikeouts in 1.0 IP since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966 (Mark Wohlers, 6/7/95 vs. CHI; Paul Assenmacher, 8/22/89 vs. STL; Phil Niekro, 7/29/77 vs. PIT). Was named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for September after going 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 13 scoreless appearances. He converted 10-of-10 save opportunities and fanned 25 over 12.2 innings pitched. Was named to the provisional roster of Team USA for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Tossed 1.0 perfect inning in Wild Card Game vs. STL on 10/5 while fanning one. 2011 Had a stellar rookie season, recording a National-League-tying and rookie-record-setting 46 saves, en route to being named the Baseball Writers' Association of America unanimous National League Rookie of the Year award winner...Received 32 first-place votes becoming the 10th unanimous BBWAA NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year selection. Teammate 1B Freddie Freeman finished second in the voting, marking the third time that NL teammates finished 1-2 in the voting...Became the sixth relief pitcher honored and it was the seventh time an Atlanta Brave was honored...Named the Sporting News National League Rookie of the Year. Was also named Sporting News' "First-Half National League Rookie of the Year" and earned a spot on Sporting News' National League All-Star team...Was Named Atlanta's "Professional Athlete of the Year" for 2011 by the Atlanta Sports Council...Was added to the National League All-Star roster on 7/10 in place of SF's Matt Cain. Kimbrel came on in relief of teammate Jair Jurrjens with two outs in the seventh inning and retired one of his two batters faced to earn a hold in first All-Star game appearance...His 46 saves tied with MIL's John Axford for most in the National League and second in the Majors behind DET's Jose Valverde...Fanned 127 of his 306 batters faced (42%) leading all Major League relievers in strikeouts...Suffered his eighth blown save in the season's final game, 9/28 vs. PHI. Kimbrel allowed one earned run on one in the ninth inning, allowing PHI to tie the game at 3-3...Allowed a two-out solo homer to NYM's Lucas Duda on 9/18, his first home run allowed to a left-handed batter this season. Allowed his first career home run to CIN's Ramon Hernandez on 5/27 vs. CIN...Snapped his scoreless innings streak at 37.2 IP (over 38 appearances) on 9/9 at STL. The streak was the longest in the majors this season and was the fifth-longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser established the MLB record of 59.1 IP in 1988. In that span, he allowed just 14 hits and issued only 11 walks, while fanning 67 batters and went 25-for-25 in save opportunities...Named the National League's Rookie of the Month for August, going 10-for-10 in save opportunities and allowing no runs in 13 appearances (12.2 IP) while fanning 23 batters and allowing a .143 opponents batting average...With his 41st save on 8/31 vs. WSH, he passed Texas' Neftali Feliz (40, 2010) for the most saves by a Major League rookie (since 1969)...With his 31st save on 7/22 at CIN, set the Atlanta rookie record for most rescues in a season. The previous record was held by Kerry Ligtenberg, who had 30 in 1998...Tossed a scoreless ninth inning on 7/9 at PHI to record his 28th save, extending his own record for most saves for a Major League rookie before the All-Star break (since 1969)...His 17th save, recorded 6/3 at NYM, set the NL rookie record for most saves prior to the All-Star break...Became the quickest pitcher in Braves franchise history to reach 100 career strikeouts, doing so in 59.1 IP. John Rocker (1998-99) held the previous mark by doing it in 70.0 IP...Named the National League's Rookie of the Month for June after going 1-0 with eight saves and a 1.53 ERA in 14 appearances, with 25 strikeouts and just five walks in 14.0 IP. 2010 Put together a fine 2010 season, opening the year at Gwinnett (AAA) where he recorded a 1.62 ERA in 48 relief appearances, including 23 saves, before a promotion to the majors for his first career appearance on a ML roster on 5/5...Appeared on the major league roster on four separate occasions with each transaction taking place with GWI. Promoted to the majors for the first time on 5/5; optioned 5/22: recalled 6/5; optioned 6/22: recalled 8/27; optioned 8/29: recalled 9/7 for the remainder of the season...Posted a perfect 4-0 record with a 0.44 ERA in 21 appearances in relief for the major-league Club...In 20.2 innings pitched for the ML Club, recorded 40 strikeouts...Pitched in all four Division Series games going 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA and had seven strikeouts in 4.1 IP. Made scoreless outings in Games 1, 2 and 4. In Game three, gave up a one-out walk followed two batters later by a two-out single - his only hit of the series - before being removed from the game. Both runs came around to score on a single and error, respectively...Made his major league debut 5/7 at PHI and allowed a 2B to the first batter he faced. (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 19 pitches)...Struck out the side in 9/19 at NYM for his first career save...Posted a 16.1 scoreless inning streak from 6/7-10/2...Garnered his first career victory 5/20 vs. CIN after tossing a scoreless ninth inning...At the time of his first call-up (5/5), had recorded six saves with a 1.20 ERA (15.0 IP/2 ER) and 21 strikeouts for GWI...With GWI, logged 83 strikeouts in 55.2 innings pitched for an average of 1.49 Ks per inning. 2009 Enters the 2010 season as the Braves' fifth-best prospect and as having the "Best Fastball" in all of Class A according to Baseball America...Was named the Phil Niekro Award winner, given annually to the top pitcher in the farm system...Had a fine sophomore season, playing at three different levels (A, AA and AAA). His 2009 season totals: 2-3 with 18 saves, 2.85 ERA (60.0 IP/19 ER), 103 strikeouts and 45 walks in 49 relief appearances...Was a perfect 18-for-18 in save opportunities, third-most among Braves farmhands...Struck out 103 batters in 60.0 IP, for an average of 1.72 per inning...Ranked second among all minor league relievers with 15.45 strikeouts per nine innings and was seventh (first among Braves minor league relievers) with a .150 opponents average...Placed in the top ten in several categories among Braves farmhands including games (T3rd, 39), relievers ERA (8th-2.85) and strikeouts (9th-103)...Struggled in his first six outings (all with MB) of the season, 4/9-22, allowing 12 earned runs in 7.2 IP (14.09 ERA). Without those six outings, his ERA for the season would have been 1.20 (52.1 IP/7 ER). Also, over his final 37 appearances, from 5/14-9/6, allowed an earned run in just three app. (0.60, 45.1 IP/3 ER)...Converted seven-of-seven save opportunities and pitched at a 1.42 ERA (12.2 IP/2 ER) while recording 26 strikeouts compared to three walks en route to being named Rome's Player of the Month for May...Despite playing in only 16 games with Rome, ranked second on the club with 10 saves...Was tabbed an Arizona Fall League "Rising Star" by Baseball America...Made 11 relief appearances totaling 10.1 IP (10.45 ERA) for Peoria Saguaros of the AFL. 2008 Following the season, rated by Baseball America as having the "Best Fastball" and as the 10th-best prospect in the Atlanta organization...Posted a combined 3-2-10 record with a 0.51 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 25.1 IP in first professional season...Held opponents to a .131 average at the three stops...Ranked tied for fifth among Braves minor league relievers with 10 saves...Named Rome's August Pitcher of the Month (2-0-3, 0.87 ERA, 10.1 IP, 21 K)...Opened the season at rookie-level Danville (6/18-7/25) and started his career with four saves in four consecutive appearances and a win in his fifth appearance before suffering his first loss...In 12 games with DAN, converted 6-of-7 save opportunities and earned one win while holding opponents to a .076 batting average.