Craig Kimbrel Chicago White Sox

Age: 33 (May 28, 1988) | 6' 0" | 210lbs. | Throws: Right Minors: p-4
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
BOS AL 2017 5 0 35 1 67 0 69.0 33 6 14 126 1.43 0.68 0.71 1.8 16.4 .282 37/19/44 45 31
BOS AL 2018 5 1 42 0 63 0 62.1 31 7 31 96 2.74 0.99 0.91 4.5 13.9 .231 28/25/47 38 23
CHC AAA 2019 0 0 0 0 4 1 3.2 2 1 1 4 2.45 0.82 1.09 2.5 9.8 .136 n/a
CHC NL 2019 0 4 13 0 23 0 20.1 21 9 12 30 6.64 1.62 1.99 5.3 13.3 .305 30/20/50 4 2
CHC NL 2020 0 1 2 3 18 0 15.0 10 2 12 28 5.40 1.47 1.27 7.2 16.8 .359 33/22/44 0 2
CHW AL 2021 2 1 1 5 19 0 18.0 16 4 8 29 5.50 1.33 1.44 4.0 14.5 .355 25/23/53 1 2
CHC NL 2021 2 3 23 0 39 0 36.2 13 1 13 64 0.49 0.71 0.57 3.2 15.7 .233 32/25/43 27 17
Career 12yrs 35 28 372 9 641 0 622.1 345 51 250 1019 2.17 0.96 0.88 3.6 14.7 .285 n/a
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Chicago White Sox — The Vulture Save Watch predicted that Liam Hendriks might get a second day off and that was indeed the case as Craig Kimbrel needed just six pitches (all strikes) to collect his first save with the White Sox.

Hierarchy remains: *Hendriks | Kimbrel | Kopech.
* = closer-by-committee

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 27

Chicago White Sox — Another day, another eighth-inning appearance for Craig Kimbrel.  Kimbrel’s usage since being acquired by the White Sox has to be alarming for fantasy owners looking for saves from the dominant reliever.  We will continue to monitor this situation to see how the White Sox use Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks moving forward.

Hierarchy remains: *Hendriks | Kimbrel | Kopech.
* = closer-by-committee

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 8

Yes indeed. Bad news in hard-ass NL-onlies.

Rotowire:

Moves to crosstown rivals
July 30, 2021
Kimbrel was traded from the Cubs to the White Sox in exchange for Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer on Friday, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Kimbrel will head south along the Red Line in one of the biggest deals of the deadline. The landing spot is one of the few that could potentially hurt Kimbrel's fantasy value, as it's unclear whether it will be him or Liam Hendriks who receives most of the save chances for the White Sox. Kimbrel owns an incredible 0.49 ERA and 46.7 percent strikeout rate this season, both of which beat Hendriks' 2.58 ERA and 41.0 percent strikeout rate, but Hendriks was dominant in each of the previous two seasons while Kimbrel had easily the worst two years of his 12-year career. The initial plan is to have the two split the ninth inning, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 30

“Show up every day,” he said, “and pitch for the team you’re pitching for.”

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 22

Bad news in hard-ass NL-onlies.

Craig Kimbrel could be traded

July 10, 2021

Chicago Cubs — The Cubs won last night, but the real news is that they are actively shopping Craig Kimbrel. With everywhere from the Astros and A’s to the Yankees as possible landing places, the Cubs will be looking to cash in on Kimbrel’s return to form. Kimbrel would likely remain a closer wherever he ends up, but that would leave Cubs’ job up for grabs. Andrew Chafin has been excellent taking the 8th inning and would likely be the front runner to replace Kimbrel, but Dan Winkler, Rex Brothers, and the recently activated Ryan Tepera would also be in the mix. If you are speculating on the bullpen, keep in mind that Winkler, Brothers, and Tepera are free agents in 2022 and could also see themselves traded away. Chafin isn’t totally safe either, as his contract has a $5.25 million mutual option for 2022, which the Cubs may not choose to pick up. As the deadline approaches, the Cubs closer may come down to whoever is left standing. 

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 10

BABIP before we get today's stats is .234.

Craig Kimbrel (P) CHI-N - Jun. 11
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=784311

Kimbrel recorded one strikeout in a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals en route to his 16th save.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: He has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing an earned run and has struck out 17 in 9.1 innings while recording nine saves and one win over that impressive three-week stretch.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 12

No. 5 on the list of pitchers with zero ERAs in the first month, in descending order of IP.

IP 11.0

WHIP 0.82

Rating 0.55

BABIP .176

G/L/F 37/37/26

Alex Patton Alex
May 2

Good call by Phil Hertz (one of the writers for the Guide who contributed picks and pans for the Rotoman Special).

And a tip of the hat from the Monkey:

Chicago Cubs – Craig Kimbrel looked dominant Thursday, striking out three across 1.2 IP to pick up his second save and the 350th of his Hall of Fame career. Aside from any time he was injured — or those few months in 2019 he spent waiting for a free agent contract — Kimbrel has appeared on a hierarchy for the entirety of Closer Monkey’s existence. 

Hierarchy remains: Kimbrel | Chafin | Workman.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 9
Fangraphs: FB 62% FBv 96.9 EV 91.1 HardHit 52% HR/FB 17% LD%+ 103 FIP 3.97
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