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Craig Kimbrel (RP)

San Diego Padres - 98% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

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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