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Craig Kimbrel (RP)

San Diego Padres - 98% owned

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Bats: R, Throws: R

Kimbrel pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout to earn his 36th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Craig Kimbrel is an elite closer. Own him in as many leagues as you can that have RP as a position and saves as a category.

 

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Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to earn his 35th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is still elite. I wonder if saves against the Braves are any sweeter for him this season.

 

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Kimbrel went an inning and gave up a run on two hits and a walk, though he did get two strikeouts. He still earned his 34th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: It was not his usual domination but it got the job done. He is still elite.

 

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Craig Kimbrel with another save

Sun, Aug 16th 3:24am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning on Saturday to get his 33rd save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite closer. Own him and enjoy.

 

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Craig Kimbrel went a perfect inning with a strikeout to record his 32nd save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is elite. If he is eligible in your league, own him.

 

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A day after he had a rare blown save, he bounced back with a perfect inning to earn his 31st save.

Fantasy Impact: He is elite. Own him

 

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Craig Kimbrel gave up a HR in the ninth inning to Dietrich. It was his second blown save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Ok, he is human. He is still elite.

 

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Astros and Padres are working on a deal to acquire Tyson Ross and Craig Kimbrel. The players being sent back to San Diego are still unknown but Houston has plenty of prospects to offer. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Ross and Kimbrel head to Houston they become huge targets in AL-only leagues. You better hope you have plenty of FAAB budget left if that's your league format.

 

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Craig Kimbrel with his 30th save

Thu, Jul 30th 11:56pm EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Craig Kimbrel went a perfect inning with one strikeout to get his 30th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite closer. In fact, ever since his name showed up in a trade rumor to my favorite team, I have checked the news several times a day with the intense desire to see that he was traded to them.

 

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Craig Kimbrel is up to 29 saves

Mon, Jul 27th 4:27am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Kimbrel pitched a perfect inning to pick up his 29th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is still elite. I will check into how much it might cost to have that carved into a stone tablet.

 

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Kimbrel went an inning only allowing one walk to secure his 27th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: This is your periodical reminder that Kimbrel is an elite closer/

 

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Craig Kimbrel went one perfect inning on Saturday where he struck out all three batters he faced. The save was his 25th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Regular readers of my updates know what I am about to say. For the rest of you, Kimbrel is an elite closer.

 

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Craig Kimbrel threw a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn his 24th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite closer. Own him.

 

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Craig Kimbrel went one and one third innings allowing a run on three hits. Despite the run given up, he still got his 23rd save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Ok, it turns out Kimbrel is mortal after all. However, (you guessed it) Craig Kimbrel is still an elite closer.

 

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Craig Kimbrel went a perfect inning striking out all three batters to earn his 22nd save of the year.

Fantasy Impact: Rather than researching how to say the usual in another language, I will merely remind you that Kimbrel is an elite closer.

 

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Craig Kimbrel closed out the 2-1 victory for the Padres. The save was his 21st of the season.

Fantasy Impact: No language lesson today. Own him if your league counts saves.

 

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Craig Kimbrel came in to the 11th inning and got three outs to gain his twentieth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Another game, another save. This time I will repeat the "Kimbrel is an elite closer" in Greek. Craig Kimbrel eínai mia elít pio kontá. The translation is brought to you from Google's translation service.

 

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Craig Kimbrel came in with a two run lead and other than a walk with two outs, he kept Arizona down to earn his 19th save.

Fantasy Impact: Another game, another save. This time I will repeat the "Kimbrel is an elite closer" in French. Kimbrel est plus proche d'une élite. The translation is brought to you from Google's translation service.

 

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Kimbrel finished the game out Tuesday with three strikeouts with only one walk allowed. He notched his 18th save of the year.

Fantasy Impact: I am struggling to find fresh new ways to say that he is an elite closer, so I will try Spanish. Kimbrel es una élite más cerca. This translation is brought to you by Google's translation service.

 

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Coming off his rough appearance earlier in the week, Kimbrel had a few people worried. Thursday he responded with a solid performance in saving his 17th save.

Fantasy Impact: No, I am not going to get the phrase "Craig Kimbrel is still an elite closer" tattooed onto my body. However, the phrase still applies.

 

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Craig Kimbrel loses

Wed, Jun 17th 12:33am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Craig Kimbrel came into a tie game in the ninth. He gave up the game winning run before getting out of the inning. In his inning of work, he allowed a hit and walked two batter with one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Ok, this one stings a little as it was not some blowout where he came too loose but rather the game was on the line and he faltered. However, do not let the disappointment cloud the fact that he still is an elite closer.

 

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Craig Kimbrel with another save

Sun, Jun 14th 12:52am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Craig Kimbrel goes a scoreless inning striking out one and walking one. He got his 16th save.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is still elite.

 

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Craig Kimbrel was perfect in the 11th inning to pick up his 15th save on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Another strong performance puts earlier struggles further in the past. He is still elite.

 

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Kimbrel pitched a perfect 11th inning to secure the 5-3 extra inning victory on Monday. It was his 14th save of the year and the 200th of his career.

Fantasy Impact: After looking too human in his last two outings, it was nice to see Kimbrel shut a team down in order. He is still an elite closer.

 

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After a rough outing in a non-save situation earlier this week, Craig Kimbrel got a chance for redemption on Saturday. He came in with a two run lead and shut the Reds down to preserve the 9-7 victory.

Fantasy Impact: It was not a flawless performance as he gave up a hit and a walk, but he got the job done for his 13th save in 14 attempts. He even threw in two strike outs for his owners. He is still an elite closer on a team that looks like it could be a contender for the playoffs.

 

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Kimbrel went an inning giving up a run on two hits and allowing a walk.

Fantasy Impact: It is not uncommon for closers to come in for non-save situations and struggle. He is still 12-for13 in save opportunities and a top RP. As long as he is converting his save opportunities and striking out more than a batter an inning, have patience with the ratios, which are likely to come down.

 

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Craig Kimbrel allowed no runs and no hits in an inning of work against the Pirates on Friday. He also struckout two in the appearance.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel came in with a 2-2 tie in the ninth and pitched wonderfully, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Then he got to sit back and enjoy watching the Padres bats load the bases before a Derek Norris walkoff Grand Slam HR to get the W. Keep Kimbrel active in all but the most shallow of fantasy formats.

 

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Craig Kimbrel allowed no runs and no hits in one inning of relief against the Angels on Tuesday. He also walked and struckout a batter in the appearance.

Fantasy Impact: This was not the season fantasy owners, the Padres, or certainly Kimbrel was looking for. His ERA is an abysmal 5.29, and while he's doing decently in saves (11), there hasn't been a clean one since May 8th. The positive for owners, Kimbrel has had at least one strikeout in every outing in May, totaling 15 in 8 1/3 innings.

 

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Craig Kimbrel secured his sixth save of the season on Sunday. He is now a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities on the season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is one of the elite closers in baseball & will continue to get plenty of save opportunities on a very good San Diego Padres team.

 

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Bud Black has been using Kimbrel at will early in the season. He has logged 4 IP with a K/IP and a spotless ERA at 0.00.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel has 2 saves on the season and is in a much better situation in San Diego. The Padres pitching staff will keep them in a lot of close games and the park is also a benefit to the hard throwing closer.

 

This is a major move on the part of new Braves GM John Hart. It addresses big needs in the OF for the Braves, primarily CF and LF, with the acquisition of CF Cameron Maybin, LF Carlos Quentin, RHP Matt Wisler, and OF Jordan Paroubeck. Wisler was the Padres top pitching prospect. No money was exchanged in the deal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move may help defensively but Maybin is not an offensive producer while Quentin has had some offensive success. He will likely share time in LF with Jonny Gomes.

 

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Braves reportedly trade RP Kimbrel, OF Upton to Padres for OFs Maybin, Quentin and draft pick. (Source: NBC Sports on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is huge news for Kimbrel owners as he now moves to the Padres who should offer additional save opportunities for the stud closer. Joaquin Benoit will now longer be the closer in San Diego and Jason Grilli likely gets a promotion in Atlanta.

 

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Kimbrel has had a good spring, with an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 0.83. In the six innings he pitched this spring he recorded eight strikeouts while walking three.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is ready to light it up again this year. Still elite, his only limitation is pitching for a sub-par team. This won't much affect the results he will give fantasy owners, as he is still good for 35 saves in '15.

 

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Kimbrel has made five appearances this spring and his stats are vintage Kimbrel. Five innings pitched with one hit, three walks, and six strikeouts. His fastball is hitting 97 with regularity, proving he is ready for another great season.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel will get his saves this year despite the less than adequate offense. With Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson in setup roles, the route to saves has been paved. Draft him in all formats with confidence.

 

Kimbrel just keeps rocking along. He started out a little shaky this spring but he has allowed just one hit in his three outings and has yet to give up a run.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel is a solid closer who will again dominate but will be limited a bit due to an anemic Braves offense. Draft in all formats.

 

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