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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
52.3 3.15 1.11 75 3 1 30 1.0
Birth Date5-28-1988
Height6' 0"
Weight210 lbs
Age30 years, 10 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.92015
1.32016
2.52017
1.72018
1.02019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2010 ATL MLB 21 0 20.7 4 0 1 9 16 40 0 92 3.9 7.0 0.0 17.4 28% .281 1.21 1.55 0.44 60 1.95 44.1 0.7
2011 ATL MLB 79 0 77.0 4 3 46 48 32 127 3 96 5.6 3.7 0.4 14.8 45% .315 1.04 1.48 2.10 41 2.03 47.2 2.5
2012 ATL MLB 63 0 62.7 3 1 42 27 14 116 3 99 3.9 2.0 0.4 16.7 49% .250 0.65 0.81 1.01 17 1.60 36.7 2.4
2013 ATL MLB 68 0 67.0 4 3 50 39 20 98 4 101 5.2 2.7 0.5 13.2 47% .263 0.88 1.90 1.21 51 1.93 46.1 2.2
2014 ATL MLB 63 0 61.7 0 3 47 30 26 95 2 95 4.4 3.8 0.3 13.9 43% .237 0.91 1.80 1.61 57 1.89 46.3 2.0
2015 SDN MLB 61 0 59.3 4 2 39 40 22 87 6 98 6.1 3.3 0.9 13.2 47% .276 1.04 2.70 2.58 63 2.09 48.8 1.9
2016 BOS MLB 57 0 53.0 2 6 31 28 30 83 4 113 4.8 5.1 0.7 14.1 31% .242 1.09 2.87 3.40 84 2.88 63.8 1.3
2017 BOS MLB 67 0 69.0 5 0 35 33 14 126 6 104 4.3 1.8 0.8 16.4 37% .260 0.68 1.39 1.43 41 1.94 41.4 2.5
2018 BOS MLB 63 0 62.3 5 1 42 31 31 96 7 107 4.5 4.5 1.0 13.9 30% .216 0.99 3.16 2.74 76 2.58 57.7 1.7
CareerMLB5420532.73119333285205868351014.83.50.614.741%.2610.921.951.91532.0947.916.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2008 ROM A SAL 10 0 12.7 2 0 4 6 4 26 0 97 4.3 2.8 0.0 18.4 50% .333 0.79 0.40 0.71 0 0.00 0.0
2008 MYR A+ CRL 2 0 3.7 0 0 0 5 1 3 0 101 12.2 2.4 0.0 7.3 55% .400 1.62 2.64 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2008 DNV Rk APL 12 0 19.0 1 2 6 5 10 27 0 93 2.4 4.7 0.0 12.8 73% .122 0.79 2.99 0.47 0 0.00 0.0
2009 ROM A SAL 16 0 20.0 0 0 10 9 6 38 0 93 4.1 2.7 0.0 17.1 48% .290 0.75 0.70 0.90 0 0.00 0.0
2009 MYR A+ CRL 19 0 26.3 0 2 2 18 28 45 2 98 6.2 9.6 0.7 15.4 61% .340 1.75 4.22 5.48 0 0.00 0.0
2009 MIS AA SOU 12 0 11.7 2 1 6 3 7 17 0 91 2.3 5.4 0.0 13.1 40% .150 0.85 2.24 0.77 0 0.00 0.0
2009 GWN AAA INT 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 98 0.0 18.0 0.0 13.5 55% .273 2.00 6.15 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2009 PES Wnt AFL 11 0 10.3 0 1 0 7 16 18 1 6.1 14.0 0.9 15.7 0% .316 2.23 7.25 10.49 0 0.00 0.0
2010 ATL MLB NL 21 0 20.7 4 0 1 9 16 40 0 92 3.9 7.0 0.0 17.4 28% .281 1.21 1.55 0.44 60 1.95 44.1
2010 GWN AAA INT 48 0 55.7 3 2 23 28 35 83 3 101 4.5 5.7 0.5 13.4 59% .238 1.13 3.11 1.62 0 0.00 0.0
2011 ATL MLB NL 79 0 77.0 4 3 46 48 32 127 3 96 5.6 3.7 0.4 14.8 45% .315 1.04 1.48 2.10 41 2.03 47.2
2012 ATL MLB NL 63 0 62.7 3 1 42 27 14 116 3 99 3.9 2.0 0.4 16.7 49% .250 0.65 0.81 1.01 17 1.60 36.7
2013 ATL MLB NL 68 0 67.0 4 3 50 39 20 98 4 101 5.2 2.7 0.5 13.2 47% .263 0.88 1.90 1.21 51 1.93 46.1
2013 USA int WBC 4 0 3.7 0 1 0 5 0 3 0 12.3 0.0 0.0 7.4 0% .417 1.36 1.99 4.91 0 0.00 0.0
2014 ATL MLB NL 63 0 61.7 0 3 47 30 26 95 2 95 4.4 3.8 0.3 13.9 43% .237 0.91 1.80 1.61 57 1.89 46.3
2015 SDN MLB NL 61 0 59.3 4 2 39 40 22 87 6 98 6.1 3.3 0.9 13.2 47% .276 1.04 2.70 2.58 63 2.09 48.8
2016 BOS MLB AL 57 0 53.0 2 6 31 28 30 83 4 113 4.8 5.1 0.7 14.1 31% .242 1.09 2.87 3.40 84 2.88 63.8
2016 PAW AAA INT 1 1 0.3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 91 27.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100% .500 3.00 12.17 0.00 102 4.04 89.2
2017 BOS MLB AL 67 0 69.0 5 0 35 33 14 126 6 104 4.3 1.8 0.8 16.4 37% .260 0.68 1.39 1.43 41 1.94 41.4
2018 BOS MLB AL 63 0 62.3 5 1 42 31 31 96 7 107 4.5 4.5 1.0 13.9 30% .216 0.99 3.16 2.74 76 2.58 57.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2010 381 0.5118 0.3990 0.6316 0.5897 0.1989 0.6696 0.5135 0.3684
2011 1305 0.4713 0.4307 0.6085 0.5593 0.3159 0.7209 0.4312 0.3915
2012 919 0.5016 0.4995 0.5817 0.6399 0.3581 0.6610 0.4390 0.4183
2013 1031 0.4714 0.4588 0.6723 0.5905 0.3413 0.7875 0.4946 0.3277
2014 1036 0.4961 0.4797 0.6237 0.6556 0.3065 0.6855 0.4938 0.3763
2015 1001 0.4585 0.4595 0.6283 0.6667 0.2841 0.7353 0.4156 0.3717
2016 934 0.4497 0.4422 0.6489 0.6095 0.3054 0.7500 0.4841 0.3511
2017 1150 0.5191 0.4861 0.5689 0.6030 0.3599 0.6611 0.4020 0.4311
2018 1108 0.4305 0.4594 0.5972 0.6310 0.3296 0.7409 0.3894 0.4028
Career88650.47650.46070.61590.61590.31980.71550.44500.3841

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-13 2014-04-19 DTD 6 5 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 BOS $13,000,000
2017 BOS $13,000,000
2016 BOS $11,000,000
2015 SDN $9,250,000
2014 ATL $7,750,000
2013 ATL $655,000
2012 ATL $590,000
2011 ATL $419,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$55,664,000
8 yrTotal$55,664,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 66 dDavid Meter4 years/$42M (2014-17), 2018 option

Details
  • 4 years/$42M (2014-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed extension with Atlanta 2/16/14 (avoided arbitration, $9M-$6.55M). $1M signing bonus. 14:$7M, 15:9M, 16:$11M, 17:$13M, 18:$13M club option ($1M buyout). May earn additional $3.5M in performance bonuses. Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. Acquired by San Diego in trade from Atlanta 4/5/15. Acquired by Boston in trade from San Diego 11/13/15. Boston exercised 2018 option 11/2/17. Boston made $17.9M qualifying offer 11/2/18.
  • 1 year/$0.655M (2013). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/27/13.
  • 1 year/$0.59M (2012). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.419M (2011). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/21/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Atlanta 5/5/10.
  • Drafted by Atlanta 2008 (3-96) (Wallace St CC, Ala.). Signed 6/08, $0.391M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 4 2 44 71 0 69.4 38 24 99 6 .232 0.89 1.84 2.11 21.6 2.4
80o 3.6 1.8 39.7 64 0 63.4 37 24 90 6 .246 0.96 2.21 2.51 17.1 1.9
70o 3.3 1.6 36.6 60 0 59.1 37 24 84 6 .257 1.02 2.48 2.8 14.1 1.5
60o 3 1.4 34.2 57 0 55.6 36 23 79 5 .266 1.07 2.71 3.05 11.8 1.3
50o 2.8 1.3 31.9 53 0 52.3 35 23 75 5 .274 1.11 2.93 3.29 9.8 1.1
40o 2.6 1.2 29.8 50 0 49.2 35 22 70 5 .283 1.16 3.15 3.54 7.9 0.9
30o 2.4 1.1 27.5 47 0 45.8 34 22 65 5 .292 1.21 3.40 3.8 6.1 0.7
20o 2.2 0.9 24.9 43 0 42.0 33 21 60 5 .302 1.28 3.68 4.11 4.2 0.5
10o 1.9 0.8 21.5 38 0 36.9 31 20 53 5 .317 1.37 4.09 4.56 1.9 0.2
Weighted Mean2.81.331.653051.83522745.2721.102.903.269.81.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
202032424270069463096734.2651.103.313.466.03.912.50.91.3
202133424170068453093734.2611.103.343.495.94.012.20.91.2
202234313661060422683734.2731.133.403.556.33.912.41.01.0
202335212745045332061534.2811.193.523.686.64.012.31.00.7
202436212644043311958534.2771.163.523.686.54.012.11.00.7
202537212441040291854534.2751.183.513.676.54.012.21.10.6
202638212745044311960534.2751.143.443.596.33.912.31.00.7
202739212441041301855534.2791.183.563.726.64.012.21.10.6
202840212542041301855534.2781.173.613.776.64.012.11.10.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 55)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 79 David Robertson 2016 3.47
2 70 Brad Lidge 2008 2.21
3 68 Ryne Duren 1960 5.14
4 67 Bryan Harvey 1994 5.23
5 67 Billy Wagner 2003 1.88
6 66 Jonathan Papelbon 2012 2.83
7 64 Grant Balfour 2009 5.21
8 64 Andrew Miller 2016 1.57
9 63 B.J. Ryan 2007 14.54
10 63 Joe Nathan 2006 1.58
11 62 Antonio Bastardo 2017 15.00
12 62 Joel Hanrahan 2013 9.82
13 62 Rich Gossage 1983 2.78
14 62 A.J. Ramos 2018 6.41
15 61 Jim Kern 1980 5.54
16 61 David Hernandez 2016 3.84
17 61 Jose Valverde 2009 2.50
18 61 Michael Wuertz 2010 4.76
19 60 Francisco Rodriguez 2013 2.70
20 60 Wade Davis 2017 2.45
21 60 Brett Cecil 2018 7.44
22 60 Tom Henke 1989 2.02
23 60 Tyler Clippard 2016 3.86
24 59 Steve Cishek 2017 2.01
25 59 Trevor Hoffman 1999 3.07
26 59 Brian Fuentes 2007 3.82
27 59 Sergio Romo 2014 3.72
28 58 Rafael Soriano 2011 4.12
29 58 Sean Doolittle 2018 1.60
30 57 Frank Francisco 2011 3.73
31 57 Jason Motte 2013 0.00 DNP
32 57 Michael Gonzalez 2009 3.39
33 56 Nate Jones 2017 2.31
34 56 Adam Ottavino 2017 5.06
35 55 Al Alburquerque 2017 2.50
36 55 Brad Brach 2017 3.57
37 55 Jake McGee 2018 6.66
38 55 Scott Williamson 2007 5.02
39 55 Robb Nen 2001 3.24
40 55 Jeff Nelson 1998 4.02
41 55 Lee Smith 1989 3.69
42 55 Joakim Soria 2015 2.66
43 55 John Axford 2014 4.28
44 54 Paul Shuey 2002 3.84
45 54 Jake Diekman 2018 5.40
46 54 Kyle Farnsworth 2007 5.25
47 54 Octavio Dotel 2005 3.52
48 53 Damaso Marte 2006 4.63
49 53 Nolan Ryan 1978 4.07
50 53 Sergio Santos 2015 4.96
51 53 Carlos Marmol 2014 8.10
52 53 Sean Marshall 2014 9.00
53 52 Jesse Crain 2013 1.47
54 52 Armando Benitez 2004 1.42
55 52 Jason Bulger 2010 5.25
56 52 Vinnie Pestano 2016 0.00 DNP
57 52 James Hoyt 2018 0.00
58 51 Fernando Rodney 2008 4.91
59 51 Pedro Strop 2016 3.04
60 51 Norm Charlton 1994 0.00 DNP
61 50 Randy Johnson 1995 2.73
62 50 Josh Fields 2017 3.00
63 50 Jeff Montgomery 1993 2.27
64 50 Kiko Calero 2006 3.41
65 50 Mike Dunn 2016 3.40
66 49 Jose Veras 2012 3.90
67 49 Rafael Betancourt 2006 4.13
68 49 Yu Darvish 2018 5.40
69 49 Darren O'Day 2014 1.83
70 49 Ryan Madson 2012 0.00 DNP
71 49 John Wetteland 1998 2.47
72 49 George Sherrill 2008 4.73
73 49 Rollie Fingers 1978 2.77
74 49 Danny Farquhar 2018 5.63
75 49 Oliver Drake 2018 5.48
76 49 Brendan Donnelly 2003 1.70
77 49 Juan Cruz 2010 3.38
78 48 J.P. Howell 2014 2.57
79 48 Fernando Salas 2016 3.91
80 48 Heath Bell 2009 2.71
81 48 Matt Bush 2017 5.16
82 48 Roberto Hernandez 1996 2.23
83 48 Nick Masset 2013 0.00 DNP
84 48 Will Ohman 2009 5.84
85 47 Joaquin Benoit 2009 0.00 DNP
86 47 Randy Myers 1994 4.02
87 47 Al Holland 1984 3.48
88 47 Arthur Rhodes 2001 1.85
89 47 Scott Sauerbeck 2003 5.88
90 47 Boone Logan 2016 4.47
91 47 Bruce Sutter 1984 1.98
92 47 Daniel Hudson 2018 4.89
93 46 Joe Page 1949 3.01
94 46 Jason Frasor 2009 2.65
95 46 Joe Thatcher 2013 3.43
96 46 Scot Shields 2007 4.32
97 46 Bobby Jenks 2012 0.00 DNP
98 46 Francisco Cordero 2006 3.82
99 46 Sandy Koufax 1967 0.00 DNP
100 46 J.R. Richard 1981 0.00 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 The Red Sox fans who give Red Sox fans a bad reputation will only want to talk about Kimbrel’s disappointing ALDS Game 3 outing. But more enlightened New Englanders will realize that Kimbrel treated them to legitimate greatness in 2017. Had he struck out just one more hitter, Kimbrel would’ve fanned (Chris Traeger voice) literally 50 percent of those foolish enough to enter the batter’s box in his presence. Seriously, Kimbrel struck out more batters in 69 super nice innings than Dallas Keuchel did in 145, or than Zach Davies did in 191. Kimbrel also cut his walk rate by eight percentage points. And he blew just four saves in 39 chances. And he made seven multi-inning appearances. Kimbrel didn’t just have one of the best seasons of any reliever in 2017, he had one of the most dominant reliever campaigns in recent history. See? Not all Dombrowski’s reliever trades turn out badly.
2017 The problem with being labeled “the best” at something is that the expectations become sky-high. After a four-year stretch from 2011-2014 in which Kimbrel was historically dominant, he took a slight step back in 2015. That didn’t stop Dave Dombrowski from backing up the prospect truck for him last offseason, which raised the stakes even more. Kimbrel responded by taking another step backward, walking a whopping 13.6 percent of batters faced en route to posting the highest DRA and ERA marks of his career. However, Kimbrel was still dominant for stretches, still averaged 98 mph on his fastball and still struck out well over a third of opposing hitters. He should also be commended for recovering from a torn meniscus in just three weeks. But he looked awfully mortal at times, especially when the two losses he suffered in the season’s final five days helped cost the Red Sox the two-seed. Kimbrel clearly still has the talent to be an elite reliever, but if he’s just good instead of special moving forward, he'll look a lot like an overpay.
2016 On the one hand, Kimbrel's worst season to date was still better than most relievers' best. On the other, he pitched 60 innings for a team that lost 88 games and is owed $24 million over the next two years. Factor in that the Padres' acquisition cost included Melvin Upton's salary (less Cameron Maybin's and Carlos Quentin's) and you're looking at a $23 million per year closer for a team that hasn't sniffed .500 since 2010. It was hardly a surprise, then, that the Padres delivered him to a relevant Red Sox club in the offseason. Kimbrel returned to his old tricks after the All-Star break, holding opponents to a ridiculous .120/.198/.228 line. Despite his "down year," he remains an elite closer, a howitzer among ninth-inning weapons.
2015 It's time to get statty. Three closers have recorded a sub-2.00 ERA in three consecutive seasons while also throwing at least 50 innings and saving at least 30 games: Joe Nathan, Mariano Rivera, and Kimbrel. No wonder the Braves last winter felt comfortable giving the best closer in baseball a four-year deal worth $42 million (not including a club option that would cost an additional $13 million). The upshot for the Braves is they probably saved money by avoiding arbitration—at minimum, they won't poison the relationship through the process. The attrition rate with relievers is scary—there's a reason why Rivera is so special, after all—but if there is one in all the game worth marrying, it's Kimbrel.

By the way, Rivera did it four years in a row. Yeah. Your turn, Mr. Kimbrel.

2014 Picking one stat to define Kimbrel's season is tough to do, but here's our best try: He was more likely to strike out the side (10 times) than allow multiple hits in an inning (seven times). While his whiff rate dropped a touch and he found the strike zone a shade less often, he also had a four-month stretch in which he allowed one run. The best closer in baseball is just that dominant, so dominant that the only thing that can stop him from owning the league for the next decade is injury. For now, just sit back and enjoy as hitters flail at the upper-90s heat and devastating curve, and as Kimbrel puts up stats that even Mariano Rivera never did.
2013 If not for Fernando Rodneys record-breaking ERA, Kimbrel might have received the attention he deserved as arguably the best relief pitcher in the league. Choosing a ridiculous factoid to print here among ample options proved harder than you might anticipate. In the end, the winner was this: Kimbrel had more multi-strikeout appearances (41) than appearances in which he allowed a baserunner in (33). Injury might be the only thing preventing Kimbrel from dominating over the next decade, as his fastball-slider combination makes the best hitters in the world look like theyre swinging at a Wiffle ball.
2012 Few rookie seasons have impressed like Kimbrels. Fredi Gonzalez used Kimbrel early and often, and Kimbrel ended the season with the second-most appearances in the majors, trailing teammate Jonny Venters. The best statistical nugget from Kimbrels efforts were his 38 appearances in a row without allowing a run, the longest such streak since the most recent round of expansion. Kimbrel passed the eye test, too. If you trust PITCHf/x data, then no fastball Kimbrel threw went slower than 92 mph. Believable, given that Kimbrels heater is a true plus-plus pitch that combines breakneck velocity with fine movement. The other plus-plus offering in Kimbrels package, a slider, serves as a good put-away pitch. Should Kimbrel falter, expect to hear about usage to the point of abuse, but it takes a strong man to avoid using an arm like this as much as he can.
2011 After two years of doing "I'm the secret love child of Steve Dalkowski and Ricky Vaughn" schtick, Kimbrel finally began throwing strikes. When he did so, he was as unhittable as any relieverhis strikeout rate of 17.4 was the highest in history, albeit in the trivial "20 Innings and Up category." His upper-90s fastball features late sink, and his slider is nothing short of vicious. The only problem is that his career as a strike-thrower represents a grand total of one month, but if it's real, there's no reason he can't be among the best closers in the game, helping the Braves sail nimbly past Billy Wagner's premature retirement.
2010 On the surface, Kimbrell looks like the Braves' closer of the future. A short righty who is built like a linebacker and pitches without fear, he blows hitters away with a mid-90s fastball than can get up to 98 mph as well as a wipeout slider, and he's certainly shown he can miss bats with a career total of 159 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings for 15 whiffs per nine. The problem is that he often has no idea where his pitches are going, turning every save opportunity into a Maalox moment. He'll begin the year at Triple-A, and if he can harness his command, he'll be in the big leagues in short order. Unfortunately, that's still a pretty big if.
2009 A third-round pick out of an Alabama community college in last year's draft, Craig Kimbrel is a stocky power reliever who sprang into action last year by being unhittable across three levels, though his low three-quarters delivery could leave him susceptible to lefties as he continues to rise.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have a favorite pick you've made in the reliever draft thus far? Didn't make it into your league so can't see your roster.
(Alex from Milwaukee)
My league is in the middle of the 13th round. My 12 picks so far:

Craig Kimbrel
Grant Balfour
Junichi Tazawa
Kevin Siegrist
Craig Stammen
Will Smith
Carlos Martinez
Adam Ottavino
Wade Davis
Manny Parra
Heath Hembree
Santiago Casilla

(For anyone who doesn't know what we're talking about, Sam is running a reliever-only fantasy league with Effectively Wild listeners. Only categories are runs allowed and strikeouts, and only relief innings count.) (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which Atlanta pitcher will have the best year?
(Billy Been from Atlanta)
Craig Kimbrel.

But I assume you meant starting pitcher, in which case it's a tougher choice. Minor, Teheran, and Medlen all have cases. You could maybe even argue Beachy, but his health is in doubt. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore, Ryan Cook, and David Robertson for Gerrit Cole and Craig Kimbrel. Fair trade?
(Jonah from Redwood)
It's not unfair, per se. But I'd take the Cole side of that deal every day of the week and twice on Sunday. (Bret Sayre)
2013-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am in a dynasty league, would you trade Matt Adams for Craig Kimbrel? (already have Freeman at 1st)
(Justin from Saint Louis)
I don't pay for saves. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Probably a question best for a fantasy chat, but In a 20-team dynasty league: Giancarlo Stanton, Clayton Kershaw, and Patrick Corbin for Yu Darvish, Shelby Miller, Craig Kimbrel, Neftali Feliz, and Byron Buxton. Assuming the trade benefits the needs of both teams, which side would you rather have?
(Dr. Mike from Milwaukee)
Kershaw and Darvish are nearly a wash (maybe a slight edge to Kershaw), and it's hard to bank on Feliz, so it comes down to Giancarlo-Corbin for Miller-Kimbrel-Buxton. I love Kimbrel, but closers are risky business from a dynasty standpoint, and though I prefer Miller to Corbin by a decent measure, I don't think that Buxton bridges the gap to Giancarlo. I feel that prospects are extremely overvalued in dynasty formats, especially when compared to players like Stanton - Stanton is young enough to still qualify as a prospect and already one of the best players in the game, and his future will be even brighter once he escapes the island of misfit toys in Miami.

On the jukebox: Lagwagon, "Bury the Hatchet" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)What position has the biggest drop off between the "elite" group and the next tier. If that makes sense...
(Schackmj from Hoboken)
Closer. Craig Kimbrel is on a different planet, even if he's had a so-so spring and WBC, and while the next tier offers some very solid names -- Motte, Papelbon and Mariano -- they're not even close to Kimbrel in terms of value. This would be a different story if we knew Kenley Jansen and Aroldis were going to be locked in as closers this year, but as of today, Kimbrel is laps ahead of the next tier of closers. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gimme a factoid
(Rich from San Francisco)
Oooh, I will try to come up with something original if I can this hour, but my favorite factoid that I came up with in the past month was this: Craig Kimbrel had more three-pitch strikeouts in 2012 than Justin Verlander. (Sam Miller)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper league w/ farm system (7x7 obp, xbh,hld, qs)- I am being offered my choice of Matt Moore or David Price, Tyler Skaggs, R. Soriano, Jonny Venters, and two-4 first round picks for my Gerrit Cole and Craig Kimbrel, and Clayton Kershaw. Yes, No, or Maybe So?
(Mitch from Buffalo)
I'm not sure what's going to be available at those picks, but unless it is substantial talent I would pass. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-07-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Going into the allstar break, which team do you see making a run to come from 2nd or worse in the division to make a run a the pennant
(Cano don't ya know from NY)
The Angels are probably the trendy pick for this question, but I'll go with the Braves. Judging by the last four days, Brian McCann is back to hitting like Brian McCann, and I think Frank Wren will make a deal for a starting pitcher to shore up the rotation.

One more Braves note: Craig Kimbrel has recorded 33 strikeouts since he last issued a walk. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can keep 2 of the 3, no salaries or penalties - Asdrubal Cabrera, Brett Lawrie, or Craig Kimbrel. Who ya got?
(Vernon from Sioux Falls)
Kimbrel and Lawrie, if for no other reason than because he'll carry higher trade value than Droobs. I also think he'll be pretty good too, but maybe not as good as some others seem to think. (Derek Carty)
2011-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Based on pure stuff/dominance/command (whatever strikes you), which pitchers are you most looking forward to watching this postseason?
(Lucas Apostoleris from Amherst, MA)
Kenley Jansen is the guy that has piqued my interest most recently, but I'll have all offseason to look at him, I suppose.

Of the pitchers who look playoff-bound, Craig Kimbrel is just amazing. I'm curious about Verlander's BABIP this year. Doug Fister is an interesting story. I've wanted to look at Alexi Ogando's switch to the rotation. Koji Uehara fascinates me, with his splitter and high flyball/popup rate. Josh Collmenter and Ian Kennedy are interesting.

Of course there's no way I'll end up analyzing all or even most of those guys, but those are a few names who grab my attention. (Mike Fast)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Fredi Gonzalez overused Craig Kimbrel? Coming back to bite the Braves down the stretch?
(Trey from Frisco TX)
That's one of the topics I'm looking at for tomorrow's column; in fact I was so absorbed in it that the chat got a late start. I think the answer is yes given that he's second in the league in appearances to only teammate Jonny Venters. Note that his last two appearances, and the tripling of his home runs allowed total, came during a stretch of three consecutive appearances, and that the last three games he's allowed runs have come on zero days of rest. I'd include Venters, whose 82 appearances lead the league, in the overuse pile as well based upon his September struggles. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-08-26 16:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a huge Braves fan, but I'm frustrated as to why we never spend big money in the draft, like other teams. Is there a reason for that?
(Zack from El Paso)
Spending big money doesn't mean you are going to be successful. We are proud of the players we drafted and feel like they will be able to help us accomplish our goal of winning another World Series for the city of Atlanta.

In the win on Tuesday night 23-year old Mike Minor got the win, 23-year old Craig Kimbrel got the save, and 22-year old Jason Heyward hit a grand slam. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since MLB adopted the save rule in 1969, it was the first tim that three teammates 23 years of age or younger had earned a win, notched a save, and hit a grand slam in the same game. All three of those players were signed at or very near to slot recommendations. (John Coppolella)
2010-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)How high are the ceilings for Sergio Santos, Craig Kimbrel, Zack Braddock and Scott Mathieson? Which is most/least likely to end up as a better-than-average closer?
(leites from New York)
Kimbrell would be my bet for most future saves, but I like every one of those guys. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given that Bily Wagner has indicated this is his last year, when do you expect Craig Kimbrel will first get some save oppotunities for the Braves?
(gerrybraun from san diego)
I think it's possible but a lot will depend on what happens this season. If the Braves make the playoffs, they would likely want a veteran closer again to start 2011 and probably acquired a stop-gap for a year while they continue to groom Kimrbel for 2012. (John Perrotto)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Whats the word on Craig Kimbrel? Insane K-rate/Groundballer, but had Blass Syndrome in High A before a demotion.
(Matt from Work)
Somebody didn't read today's minor league update. (Kevin Goldstein)


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