49. Craig Kimbrel
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 28, 1988 in Huntsville, AL USA
  • Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 07, 2010
  • Final Game: October 01, 2016
  • Rookie of the Year - 2011
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2012

In 2010, Craig Kimbrel made it to the Atlanta Braves roster, two years after he was drafted.  He only appeared in 21 Games, but he proved instantly that he belonged on the game’s elite level, only allowing two runs in 20.2 Innings.

Kimbrel was anointed as the Braves’ closer the following season, and in the next four years he was the best reliever in the game.  In each season from 2011-14, Kimbrel was the National League leader in Saves, and he would win accolades in all of those seasons, including the 2011 Rookie of the Year.  Kimbrel was in the top ten in Cy Young voting in all of those years, and The Sporting News named him their Pitcher of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.

Kimbrel left Atlanta when he was surprisingly traded to the San Diego Padres after the 2014 season.

In Kimbrel’s five years in Atlanta, he compiled spectacular numbers of 186 Saves, a 1.43 ERA, and a WHIP of 0.903.  As of this writing, Kimbrel is the all-time franchise leader in Saves.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round of the MLB Amateur Draft 6/5/08.
  • Departed: Traded to the San Diego Padres with Melvin Upton Jr. for Jordan Paroubeck, Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Matt Wisler and a 2015 Competitive Balance Round A Pick.
  • Games Played: 294
  • Notable Statistics: 15-10 Record, 1.43 ERA, 241 Games Finished, 186 Saves, 289.0 Innings Pitched, 476 Strikeouts, 1.52 FIP, 0.903 WHIP, 12.0 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    TSN Pitcher of the Year (2013 & 2014)

    All-Star (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014)

    Rookie of the Year (2011)

    Rolaids Relied Award (2012)

    Delivery Man of the Year (2013)

    Hoffman Reliever Award (2014)

    Most Saves (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014)

    Most Games Finished (2011)

    Highest Win Probability Added (2012)
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