Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel

RP - CHC
Age: 31College: Wallace State CC, ALBats: RThrows: R

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Kimbrel hasn't been great since joining the Cubs at midseason, but he's been too good for too long to be concerned at this point. He should still be viewed as a top-10 closer down the stretch.

Kimbrel ended the long wait by signing a three-year contract with the Cubs on June 5. He hasn't looked since right joining the team in late June. In 11.2 innings, the star closer has allowed eight runs and eight walks with a hard-hit rate over 17 points above his career rate. Kimbrel, a strikeout artist with a career 2.00 ERA and 0.94 WHIP, should eventually work off the rust and perform like a top-10 closer. It'll have to wait until he returns from knee inflammation that sent him to the IL in early August.

Cubs fans have certainly hoped for more than Kimbrel has given them since the signing, but that should turn around quickly now that his version of Spring Training is officially up. Fantasy owners can expect a second tier closer over the second half.