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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 26)
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Birth Date5-28-1988
Height5' 11"
Weight220 lbs
Age26 years, 3 months, 0 days
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0.92010
2.02011
2.22012
1.92013
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2010 ATL 22 21 0 20.7 0.0 20.7 4 0 1 0 0 0 88 9 2 1 0 11 16 15 0 40 0.44 1.56 0.51 8.6 0.9
2011 ATL 23 79 0 77.0 0.0 77.0 4 3 46 8 0 0 306 48 19 18 3 63 32 31 1 127 2.10 1.49 2.18 19.2 2.0
2012 ATL 24 63 0 62.7 0.0 62.7 3 1 42 3 0 0 231 27 7 7 3 37 14 14 2 116 1.01 0.82 1.41 20.8 2.2
2013 ATL 25 68 0 67.0 0.0 67.0 4 3 50 4 0 0 258 39 10 9 4 58 20 18 3 98 1.21 1.90 2.06 17.2 1.9
2014 ATL 26 53 0 52.0 0.0 52.0 0 3 39 4 0 0 209 25 12 10 1 32 24 24 2 84 1.73 1.60 2.21 12.1 1.3
Career2840279.30.0279.315101781900109214850451120110610284651.451.461.8677.98.3

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2008 ROM A 10 0 12.7 -0.04 201 .153 .259 .334 .379 .262 .333 97 8.0 0.8 8.0 0.8
2008 MYR A+ 2 0 3.7 3.97 117 .233 .259 .342 .393 .267 .400 101 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2008 DNV Rk 12 0 19.0 3.93 112 .168 .259 .326 .371 .253 .122 93 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2009 ROM A 16 0 20.0 1.29 168 .145 .248 .320 .353 .257 .290 93 8.3 0.9 8.3 0.9
2009 MYR A+ 19 0 26.3 5.74 68 .272 .255 .333 .381 .260 .340 98 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2009 MIS AA 12 0 11.7 3.41 112 .138 .258 .340 .373 .264 .150 91 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2009 GWN AAA 2 0 2.0 2.97 129 .284 .229 .303 .320 .224 .273 98 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2009 PES Wnt 11 0 10.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .316 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 ATL MLB 21 0 20.7 0.51 187 .192 .258 .328 .408 .269 .281 92 8.6 0.9 8.6 0.9
2010 GWN AAA 48 0 55.7 3.74 118 .191 .261 .330 .407 .254 .238 101 9.3 0.9 8.9 0.8
2011 ATL MLB 79 0 77.0 2.18 146 .199 .257 .321 .396 .262 .315 96 19.2 2.0 19.2 2.0
2012 ATL MLB 63 0 62.7 1.41 167 .141 .259 .327 .419 .267 .250 99 20.8 2.2 20.8 2.2
2013 ATL MLB 68 0 67.0 2.06 149 .185 .254 .316 .387 .256 .263 101 17.2 1.9 17.2 1.9
2013 USA int 4 0 3.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .417 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 ATL MLB 53 0 52.0 2.21 142 .182 .252 .317 .392 .266 .247 94 12.1 1.3 12.1 1.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2008 DNV Rk 1 2 6 12 0 19.0 5 10 27 0 73% .122 2.4 4.7 0.0 12.8 0.79 0.47 2.9 0.3
2008 ROM A 2 0 4 10 0 12.7 6 4 26 0 50% .333 4.3 2.8 0.0 18.4 0.79 0.71 8.0 0.8
2008 MYR A+ 0 0 0 2 0 3.7 5 1 3 0 55% .400 12.2 2.4 0.0 7.3 1.62 0.00 1.5 0.2
2009 GWN AAA 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 0 4 3 0 55% .273 0.0 18.0 0.0 13.5 2.00 0.00 1.1 0.1
2009 MYR A+ 0 2 2 19 0 26.3 18 28 45 2 61% .340 6.2 9.6 0.7 15.4 1.75 5.48 -0.8 -0.1
2009 ROM A 0 0 10 16 0 20.0 9 6 38 0 48% .290 4.0 2.7 0.0 17.1 0.75 0.90 8.3 0.9
2009 MIS AA 2 1 6 12 0 11.7 3 7 17 0 40% .150 2.3 5.4 0.0 13.1 0.85 0.77 1.4 0.1
2009 PES Wnt 0 1 0 11 0 10.3 7 16 18 1 0% .316 6.1 14.0 0.9 15.7 2.23 10.49 0.0 0.0
2010 ATL MLB 4 0 1 21 0 20.7 9 16 40 0 28% .281 3.9 7.0 0.0 17.4 1.21 0.44 8.6 0.9
2010 GWN AAA 3 2 23 48 0 55.7 28 35 83 3 59% .238 4.5 5.7 0.5 13.4 1.13 1.62 8.9 0.8
2011 ATL MLB 4 3 46 79 0 77.0 48 32 127 3 45% .315 5.6 3.7 0.4 14.8 1.04 2.10 19.2 2.0
2012 ATL MLB 3 1 42 63 0 62.7 27 14 116 3 49% .250 3.9 2.0 0.4 16.7 0.65 1.01 20.8 2.2
2013 USA int 0 1 0 4 0 3.7 5 0 3 0 0% .417 12.3 0.0 0.0 7.4 1.36 4.91 0.0 0.0
2013 ATL MLB 4 3 50 68 0 67.0 39 20 98 4 47% .263 5.2 2.7 0.5 13.2 0.88 1.21 17.2 1.9
2014 ATL MLB 0 3 39 53 0 52.0 25 24 84 1 43% .247 4.3 4.2 0.2 14.5 0.94 1.73 12.1 1.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 382 0.5262 0.4042 0.6429 0.5672 0.2210 0.6754 0.5500 0.3506
2011 1308 0.5107 0.4391 0.6335 0.5629 0.3078 0.7686 0.3756 0.3647
2012 921 0.5223 0.5016 0.6095 0.6424 0.3455 0.6990 0.4276 0.3883
2013 1031 0.4782 0.4617 0.6975 0.5862 0.3476 0.8097 0.5241 0.3025
2014 905 0.5028 0.4829 0.6522 0.6615 0.3022 0.7209 0.5000 0.3478
Career45470.50540.46270.64770.60430.31610.74650.45920.3508

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-13 2014-04-19 DTD 6 5 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 ATL $1,000,000
2017 ATL $13,250,000
2016 ATL $11,250,000
2015 ATL $9,250,000
2014 ATL $7,250,000
2013 ATL $655,000
2012 ATL $590,000
2011 ATL $419,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,664,000
2011Current$7,250,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$8,914,000
4 yrFuture$34,750,000
8 yrTotal$43,664,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 66 dDavid Meter4 years/$42M (2014-17), 2018 option

Details
  • 4 years/$42M (2014-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed extension with Atlanta 2/16/14 (avoided arbitration, $9M-$6.55M). $1M signing bonus. 14:$7M, 15:9M, 16:$11M, 17:$13M, 18:$13M club option ($1M buyout). May earn additional $3.5M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.655M (2013). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/27/13.
  • 1 year/$0.59M (2012). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.419M (2011). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/21/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Atlanta 5/5/10.
  • Drafted by Atlanta 2008 (3-96) (Wallace St CC, Ala.). Signed 6/08, $0.391M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .178 .245 .246 .179
11 vs R (Multi) .134 .219 .200 .167
18 Split (Multi) .044 .026 .046 .013
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .211 .265 .309 .205
31 vs R (2013) .116 .214 .179 .157
38 Split (2013) .095 .051 .130 .048
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have a favorite pick you've made in the reliever draft thus far? Didn't make it into your league so can't see your roster.
(Alex from Milwaukee)
My league is in the middle of the 13th round. My 12 picks so far:

Craig Kimbrel
Grant Balfour
Junichi Tazawa
Kevin Siegrist
Craig Stammen
Will Smith
Carlos Martinez
Adam Ottavino
Wade Davis
Manny Parra
Heath Hembree
Santiago Casilla

(For anyone who doesn't know what we're talking about, Sam is running a reliever-only fantasy league with Effectively Wild listeners. Only categories are runs allowed and strikeouts, and only relief innings count.) (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which Atlanta pitcher will have the best year?
(Billy Been from Atlanta)
Craig Kimbrel.

But I assume you meant starting pitcher, in which case it's a tougher choice. Minor, Teheran, and Medlen all have cases. You could maybe even argue Beachy, but his health is in doubt. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore, Ryan Cook, and David Robertson for Gerrit Cole and Craig Kimbrel. Fair trade?
(Jonah from Redwood)
It's not unfair, per se. But I'd take the Cole side of that deal every day of the week and twice on Sunday. (Bret Sayre)
2013-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am in a dynasty league, would you trade Matt Adams for Craig Kimbrel? (already have Freeman at 1st)
(Justin from Saint Louis)
I don't pay for saves. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Probably a question best for a fantasy chat, but In a 20-team dynasty league: Giancarlo Stanton, Clayton Kershaw, and Patrick Corbin for Yu Darvish, Shelby Miller, Craig Kimbrel, Neftali Feliz, and Byron Buxton. Assuming the trade benefits the needs of both teams, which side would you rather have?
(Dr. Mike from Milwaukee)
Kershaw and Darvish are nearly a wash (maybe a slight edge to Kershaw), and it's hard to bank on Feliz, so it comes down to Giancarlo-Corbin for Miller-Kimbrel-Buxton. I love Kimbrel, but closers are risky business from a dynasty standpoint, and though I prefer Miller to Corbin by a decent measure, I don't think that Buxton bridges the gap to Giancarlo. I feel that prospects are extremely overvalued in dynasty formats, especially when compared to players like Stanton - Stanton is young enough to still qualify as a prospect and already one of the best players in the game, and his future will be even brighter once he escapes the island of misfit toys in Miami.

On the jukebox: Lagwagon, "Bury the Hatchet" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)What position has the biggest drop off between the "elite" group and the next tier. If that makes sense...
(Schackmj from Hoboken)
Closer. Craig Kimbrel is on a different planet, even if he's had a so-so spring and WBC, and while the next tier offers some very solid names -- Motte, Papelbon and Mariano -- they're not even close to Kimbrel in terms of value. This would be a different story if we knew Kenley Jansen and Aroldis were going to be locked in as closers this year, but as of today, Kimbrel is laps ahead of the next tier of closers. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gimme a factoid
(Rich from San Francisco)
Oooh, I will try to come up with something original if I can this hour, but my favorite factoid that I came up with in the past month was this: Craig Kimbrel had more three-pitch strikeouts in 2012 than Justin Verlander. (Sam Miller)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper league w/ farm system (7x7 obp, xbh,hld, qs)- I am being offered my choice of Matt Moore or David Price, Tyler Skaggs, R. Soriano, Jonny Venters, and two-4 first round picks for my Gerrit Cole and Craig Kimbrel, and Clayton Kershaw. Yes, No, or Maybe So?
(Mitch from Buffalo)
I'm not sure what's going to be available at those picks, but unless it is substantial talent I would pass. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-07-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Going into the allstar break, which team do you see making a run to come from 2nd or worse in the division to make a run a the pennant
(Cano don't ya know from NY)
The Angels are probably the trendy pick for this question, but I'll go with the Braves. Judging by the last four days, Brian McCann is back to hitting like Brian McCann, and I think Frank Wren will make a deal for a starting pitcher to shore up the rotation.

One more Braves note: Craig Kimbrel has recorded 33 strikeouts since he last issued a walk. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can keep 2 of the 3, no salaries or penalties - Asdrubal Cabrera, Brett Lawrie, or Craig Kimbrel. Who ya got?
(Vernon from Sioux Falls)
Kimbrel and Lawrie, if for no other reason than because he'll carry higher trade value than Droobs. I also think he'll be pretty good too, but maybe not as good as some others seem to think. (Derek Carty)
2011-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Based on pure stuff/dominance/command (whatever strikes you), which pitchers are you most looking forward to watching this postseason?
(Lucas Apostoleris from Amherst, MA)
Kenley Jansen is the guy that has piqued my interest most recently, but I'll have all offseason to look at him, I suppose.

Of the pitchers who look playoff-bound, Craig Kimbrel is just amazing. I'm curious about Verlander's BABIP this year. Doug Fister is an interesting story. I've wanted to look at Alexi Ogando's switch to the rotation. Koji Uehara fascinates me, with his splitter and high flyball/popup rate. Josh Collmenter and Ian Kennedy are interesting.

Of course there's no way I'll end up analyzing all or even most of those guys, but those are a few names who grab my attention. (Mike Fast)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Fredi Gonzalez overused Craig Kimbrel? Coming back to bite the Braves down the stretch?
(Trey from Frisco TX)
That's one of the topics I'm looking at for tomorrow's column; in fact I was so absorbed in it that the chat got a late start. I think the answer is yes given that he's second in the league in appearances to only teammate Jonny Venters. Note that his last two appearances, and the tripling of his home runs allowed total, came during a stretch of three consecutive appearances, and that the last three games he's allowed runs have come on zero days of rest. I'd include Venters, whose 82 appearances lead the league, in the overuse pile as well based upon his September struggles. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-08-26 16:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a huge Braves fan, but I'm frustrated as to why we never spend big money in the draft, like other teams. Is there a reason for that?
(Zack from El Paso)
Spending big money doesn't mean you are going to be successful. We are proud of the players we drafted and feel like they will be able to help us accomplish our goal of winning another World Series for the city of Atlanta.

In the win on Tuesday night 23-year old Mike Minor got the win, 23-year old Craig Kimbrel got the save, and 22-year old Jason Heyward hit a grand slam. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since MLB adopted the save rule in 1969, it was the first tim that three teammates 23 years of age or younger had earned a win, notched a save, and hit a grand slam in the same game. All three of those players were signed at or very near to slot recommendations. (John Coppolella)
2010-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)How high are the ceilings for Sergio Santos, Craig Kimbrel, Zack Braddock and Scott Mathieson? Which is most/least likely to end up as a better-than-average closer?
(leites from New York)
Kimbrell would be my bet for most future saves, but I like every one of those guys. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given that Bily Wagner has indicated this is his last year, when do you expect Craig Kimbrel will first get some save oppotunities for the Braves?
(gerrybraun from san diego)
I think it's possible but a lot will depend on what happens this season. If the Braves make the playoffs, they would likely want a veteran closer again to start 2011 and probably acquired a stop-gap for a year while they continue to groom Kimrbel for 2012. (John Perrotto)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Whats the word on Craig Kimbrel? Insane K-rate/Groundballer, but had Blass Syndrome in High A before a demotion.
(Matt from Work)
Somebody didn't read today's minor league update. (Kevin Goldstein)


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Craig Kimbrel has thrown 4,835 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (98mph) and Curve (86mph).