Craig Michael Kimbrel (born May 28, 1988) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a four-time All-Star, and has led the National League in saves for four consecutive seasons from 2011 through 2014. He played for the United States national team in the World Baseball Classic in 2013.
As a rookie with the Atlanta Braves in 2011, Kimbrel was named their closer, and set an MLB record for saves by a rookie with 46. He was awarded the National League's 2011 Rookie of the Year Award. On June 6, 2014, he recorded his 155th save to surpass John Smoltz as the Braves' all-time leader in saves. Kimbrel was traded to San Diego prior to the start of the 2015 season. He has been revered for the speed of his fastball, as well as his unique and intimidating pre-pitch stare.
By Dean Hanley
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