Skip to main content
Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel

RP - CHC

Age: 32College: Wallace State CC (AL)Bats: RThrows: R

2021 Outlook

Draft Rank (ECR) P #61
Best / Worst #31 / #106
ADP #185

Ownership

 
Yahoo
82%
 
ESPN
53%

Eligibility

Yahoo RP
ESPN RP
CBS RP
Expert Note
View More Notes

As a whole, Kimbrel's 2020 numbers were abysmal. A 5.28 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a walk rate of 17.4%. And yet, there were some encouraging signs. Not only did his strikeout rate bounce back to 40.6%, but he was actually an elite pitcher after his first four outings. How elite? He pitched to a 1.42 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, and stuck out 53.1% of the batters he faced. It wasn't perfect, as Kimbrel still walked five batters per nine innings over that stretch. But he showed that he still has some has left in the tank. Although he never reclaimed the closer's job despite his strong finish, it's a good bet that the Cubs hand him the ninth-inning role to start, as they try to rebuild his trade value in the final year of his deal. That means Kimbrel should at least get save chances for the first several weeks of the season, and, as such, should be drafted as low-end second closer with just a modicum of upside.

Player News
View More News

Craig Kimbrel expected to be the Cubs closer in 2021

Cubs manager David Ross said RHP Craig Kimbrel is “going to be our closer.”

Fantasy Impact

“Craig’s going to be our closer,” said Ross. Despite his struggles with the Cubs, he is expected to open up the season as the team’s closer. “But I do think there are a lot of guys in that bullpen that are going to help our success,” Ross added. The 32-year-old converted 2-of-3 save opportunities while posting a 5.28 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and a 28:12 K:BB across 15 1/3 innings. Kimbrel is currently 20th among all relief pitchers in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Brad Camara1 week ago
Recent Articles
View More Articles
Fantasy Baseball Draft Arbitrage (2021) photo
There comes a point in almost any fantasy baseball draft where you think to yourself, "How did that player last so long?" or "Ugh, ...
by Dan Harris in Fantasy1 wk ago
Rankings
ECRBestWorst# of Experts
Draft#169#95#27821
Rest of Season ----
Dynasty #301#232#6153
Projections
(2021 Season)
View More Projections
Projections (2021 Season)
GGSWLSVBSHDIPHERHRBBKERAWHIP
560322510355.04022828813.671.24
Stats
Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamGGSWLSVIPHRERHRBBBB%KK%ERAWHIP
2018BOS630514262.131191973112.559638.872.740.99
2019CHC230041320.221151591212.503031.256.531.60
2020CHC18001215.1109921217.392840.585.281.43
History
Game Log
View More Games
Game Log
GameOPPScoreDECIPHRERHRBBKERAWHIP
Sat, Sep 26@ CWS--1.00000020.000.00
Wed, Sep 23@ PIT--0.10000000.000.00
Wed, Sep 16vs. CLE--1.00000020.000.00
Sat, Sep 12@ MIL-SV1.02000010.002.00
Game Schedule
View Schedule
Game Schedule
GameOpp. Team
DateOppTimePitcherVBRMatchup
Thu, Apr 1stvs PIT2:20pm
Sat, Apr 3rdvs PIT2:20pm
Sun, Apr 4thvs PIT2:20pm
Mon, Apr 5thvs MIL7:40pm
Who Should I Draft?
recommended by 70% of experts
recommended by 60% of experts
recommended by 60% of experts
recommended by 65% of experts