Craig Kimbrel

RP · Baltimore Orioles

Bats R Throws R
Height 6'0" Weight 215
DOB 1988-05-28 Age 36.0
Hometown Huntsville, AL
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 9.04, 124th

Season Projections

Draft Buddy323.06466.04426038227539430273.681.21
THE BAT317.26463.82226038228508429283.771.18

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Craig Kimbrel Tosses Scoreless Ninth

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    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel was tasked with holding a three-run lead against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The 35-year-old was temporarily removed from the closer role due to struggles in early May. The veteran right-hander has reclaimed his role and has three saves this week. This game marked the seven straight scoreless appearance for Kimbrel. Fantasy managers can go back to trusting Kimbrel as an everyday option in fantasy lineups.

    May 26 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Cionel Perez Notches First Save Of The Season

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    <span data-preserver-spaces="true">Baltimore Orioles reliever Cionel Perez stepped up in a big way on Saturday, securing his first save of the season. </span>Craig Kimbrel<span data-preserver-spaces="true">took a breather after registering saves in both prior games against the White Sox. This had the Orioles calling upon Prez to protect a two-run lead thanks to a fireworks-filled eighth inning, which saw Baltimore score five runs. Against the bottom third of the lowly Chicago batting order, Prez wasted no time, striking out one and needing only 10 pitches to close out Baltimore's third straight victory. The 28-year-old owns a 5.06 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 9:6 K: BB across 10 2/3 innings in 2024. Fantasy managers searching for saves can add Perez in deep-league formats.</span>

    May 25 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Cionel Perez Craig Kimbrel
  • Craig Kimbrel Confirmed As Closer

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    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel as been confirmed as the closer going forward, according to manager Brandon Hyde. This doesn't come as much of a surprise after Kimbrel was tasked with closing down Sunday's game. The O's took a few weeks off from having Kimbrel as the closer, but he worked his way back into the role. Yennier Cano figures to return to his role as the set-up pitcher, so his fantasy value is going to take a significant hit.

    May 20 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Craig Kimbrel Notches Save On Sunday

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    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel was asked with holding a three-run lead during Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. The veteran right-hander was removed from the closer role in early May. Hopefully for fantasy managers, Kimbrel is now getting eased back into the role. He was given a three-run lead and the bottom of the Mariners batting order on Sunday. He struck out two batters in a scoreless inning of work. It remains to be seen if Kimbrel has earned his closer role back.

    May 19 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Craig Kimbrel Removed From Closer Role For Now

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    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel has been removed from his normal role as Orioles closer. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told reporters Saturday that he talked with the 35-year-old Friday afternoon about the change in plans. Hyde said he intends to take it day-by-day and that he's not sure when Kimbrel will return back to the closer role, hinting that this move may be more temporary. "We need him to be Craig Kimbrel and we need him to be the lockdown guy he's been for his entire career," the Orioles manager stated. Kimbrel had failed to convert four of his last five save opportunities before the change on Friday night, when he threw a perfect seventh inning. Fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on Kimbrel over the next couple weeks, but should be looking for other closers if Kimbrel was their starting closer.

    May 11 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Craig Kimbrel Returning To Closer Role Friday

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    Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that right-hander Craig Kimbrel (back) will return to his normal role as closer on Friday for the start of a series against the Cincinnati Reds. Kimbrel will return to the fold at the back end of Baltimore's bullpen after not appearing in a game since injuring his back last Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. The 35-year-old's back injury could explain why he's blown both of his last two save chances while allowing three runs. It's something to keep a close eye on moving forward. Kimbrel is currently sporting a 3.18 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with seven saves, six walks and 17 strikeouts in his 11 1/3 innings pitched. If Kimbrel's back issues return and he's forced to miss more time, a closer committee could form in Baltimore between Jacob Webb, Danny Coulombe and Yennier Cano.

    May 3 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Craig Kimbrel Uncertain For Tuesday's Game

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    Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (back) is uncertain for Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees. The veteran reliever left Sunday's game due to back tightness. He is currently considered as day-to-day. Orioles' manager Brandon Hyde said he was unsure if Kimbrel would be available for Tuesday's game. The right-hander will likely throw pregame before the team decides on his availability. If he's out, Yennier Cano figures to remain the closer in Baltimore for at least one more night.

    Apr 30 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Craig Kimbrel Day-To-Day With Back Tightness

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    Baltimore Orioles closer Craig Kimbrel (back) is considered day-to-day with upper-back tightness, according to manager Brandon Hyde. The skipper doesn't think Kimbrel's soreness is workload related. The 35-year-old right-handed reliever has blown his last two save chances and didn't even record an out while giving up two earned runs in the team's 7-6 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. The Orioles are hoping that he can avoid going on the injured list, but fantasy managers should prepare for the worst here. Kimbrel is not going to be available if another save situation arises in the series opener on Monday against the division-rival New York Yankees. Those in need of saves should run to the waiver wire and pick up Yennier Cano if he's available, as he's the favorite to be Baltimore's closer if Kimbrel ends up missing extended time.

    Apr 29 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Craig Kimbrel Blows Save, Exits With Training Staff Sunday

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    Baltimore Orioles closer Craig Kimbrel blew his second consecutive save on Sunday before leaving the game alongside the team's training staff. Kimbrel issued a four-pitch walk to Darrell Hernaiz and then served up a two-run home run to Kyle McCann before leaving. He also blew the save in Friday's game after allowing two hits and three walks. It is unclear at this point what Kimbrel's injury is, but something was off with the veteran reliever. Expect more news to come out shortly from the Orioles.

    Apr 28 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Craig Kimbrel Slams Door On Pirates

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    Baltimore Orioles closer Craig Kimbrel helped spoil the Pittsburgh Pirates' home opener in Friday's 5-2 win, preserving the victory and notching his first save of the year with two strikeouts in a clean ninth inning. It was a bit of a rocking-chair save for the 35-year-old nine-time All-Star, who sat down the sixth, seventh, and eighth hitters of Pittsburgh's lineup with relative ease. Kimbrel really struggled in spring ball, floundering to a 7.50 ERA and serving up two homers in six spring training innings, also blowing his first save chance of the year but escaping with the win in Monday's walk-off triumph over the visiting Kansas City Royals. With that said, Friday was a strong bounce-back performance. 2023 All-Star Yennier Cano has fired 4 1/3 scoreless frames and could eventually come knocking on the door for save chances of his own, but Kimbrel is a good bet to tally at least 20 saves in 2024.

    Apr 6 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Yennier Cano Craig Kimbrel
  • Craig Kimbrel Blows Save, Earns Win Monday

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    Baltimore Orioles closer Craig Kimbrel blew his first save of the season but earned a win in Monday's 6-4 game against the Royals. Kimbrel came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by one. He got the first out on a strikeout, allowed a single, allowed the runner to advance to third on two consecutive steals, gave up the tying run on a sacrifice fly, and got the final out on another strikeout. The O's would walk it off in the bottom half of the inning, making Kimbrel the winning pitcher of record. It wasn't a bad outing for the 36-year-old, who racked up 23 saves last season and is clearly the team's closer to start the season. This means he should have a pretty long leash, but, hopefully, he can pick up his first save with his new team in his next opportunity.

    Apr 2 · Source via Closers Baltimore Orioles Craig Kimbrel
  • Offseason In Review: Baltimore Orioles

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    Between a new owner, a new lease at Camden Yards, and one of the offseason’s biggest trades, the Orioles made plenty of news on and off the field this winter.  Now the question is whether the reigning AL East champions can take the next step forward to challenge for a World Series title. Major League…

    Mar 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Offseason Baltimore Orioles Felix Bautista Kyle Bradish Peyton Burdick Corbin Burnes Yennier Cano Diego Castillo Colton Cowser Tucker Davidson Ronald Guzman Austin Hays Gunnar Henderson Jackson Holliday Cole Irvin Daniel Johnson Seth Johnson Craig Kimbrel Heston Kjerstad Dean Kremer Matt Krook Jorge Mateo Nick Maton Coby Mayo Chayce McDermott Ryan McKenna John Means Cedric Mullins Tyler Nevin Aaron Nola Connor Norby Kaleb Ort Michael Perez Cade Povich Grayson Rodriguez Anthony Santander Kyle Stowers Andrew Suarez Julio Teheran Ramon Urias Terrin Vavra Tyler Wells Jordan Westburg Kolten Wong Bruce Zimmermann
  • Pitching Stats

    2024 ATC316.56364.64425038027529429273.651.20
    2024 Draft Buddy323.06466.04426038227539430273.681.21
    2024 Steamer320.46666.03326038127549329283.751.23
    2024 THE BAT317.26463.82226038228508429283.771.18
    2024 Zeile316.36765.7442514822852000283.741.19

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.


    9at CWS25.732.20030020000000.000.00
    8vs SEA, vs TOR13.022.00010140000000.000.00
    7vs ARI, at WAS12.732.21000222111226.751.13
    6at CIN11.321.10010141200116.752.25
    5vs OAK, at LAA11.342.101220365114311.574.71
    4at KC, vs MIN30.033.01020030000000.000.00
    3vs MIL, at BOS33.033.01020060200000.000.67
    2at PIT, vs KC24.033.01011050100113.000.33


    27at NYM, vs PIT8.033.00001060110113.000.33
    26vs NYM, at ATL16.033.01001141310113.001.33
    25at STL, vs ATL8.033.00110133200100.001.67
    24vs MIA, at SD5.022.00000132100000.001.50
    23at MIL, vs LAA13.033.00121041310339.001.33
    22vs STL, vs SF16.033.01110032301326.001.67
    21at TOR3.011.00000020000000.000.00
    20vs MIN, vs WAS0.033.00100030310113.001.00
    19vs KC, at MIA17.033.00021011200213.001.00
    18at PIT, vs BAL9.044.00110142201112.251.00
    17at CLE, vs MIL20.022.01011020210114.501.00
    16vs SD11.022.00010022000000.001.00
    15at MIA, at TB20.033.00020030100000.000.33
    14vs WAS, at CHC14.033.00010040100000.000.33
    13vs NYM, vs ATL16.033.00010061002000.000.33
    12at OAK, at ARI25.033.01010050200000.000.67
    11vs LAD, vs DET25.033.01010062200113.001.33
    10at WAS, at NYM10.022.00010010002000.000.00
    9at ATL, vs ARI29.033.01020031110111.590.35
    8vs CHC13.022.00010051110112.250.50
    7at COL, vs TOR27.033.01010070100003.180.71
    6at LAD-8.020.301000234206627.004.29
    5vs SEA23.022.01010040000006.232.54
    4vs COL, at CWS15.033.00010250100000.000.17
    3at CIN, vs MIA6.732.20000041200000.000.88
    2vs CIN, at NYY9.033.00010113410224.501.33
    1at TEX-1.710.100000121003381.009.00


    May 26at CWSW 4-19.01.00010010000000.000.00
    May 24at CWSW 6-49.01.00010010000000.000.00
    May 23at CWSW 8-67.70.20010000000000.000.00
    May 19vs SEAW 6-310.01.00010020000000.000.00
    May 13vs TORL 2-33.01.00000120000000.000.00
    May 11vs ARIW 5-412.01.01000010001000.000.00
    May 10vs ARIW 4-22.01.00000110000000.000.00
    May 8at WASW 7-6-1.30.200001021102227.004.50
    May 4at CINW 2-10.30.100001112001127.009.00
    May 3at CINW 3-011.01.00010030000000.000.00
    Apr 28vs OAKL 6-7-7.00.0010100111022
    Apr 26vs OAKL 2-3-0.70.100010032001127.0015.00
    Apr 24at LAAW 6-59.01.00010011100100.002.00
    Apr 22at LAAW 4-210.01.00010021101000.002.00
    Apr 20at KCW 9-78.01.00010000000000.000.00
    Apr 17vs MINW 4-212.01.01000010000000.000.00
    Apr 15vs MINW 7-410.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Apr 14vs MILW 6-411.01.00010030200000.002.00
    Apr 11at BOSW 9-412.01.01000010000000.000.00
    Apr 10at BOSW 7-510.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Apr 6at PITL 4-52.01.00000010000000.000.00
    Apr 5at PITW 5-210.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Apr 1vs KCW 6-412.01.01001020100119.001.00


    Sep 30at NYML 4-114.01.00000030000000.000.00
    Sep 28vs PITL 2-33.01.00000020000000.000.00
    Sep 26vs PITW 3-21.01.00001010110119.001.00
    Sep 22vs NYMW 5-41.01.00001010110119.001.00
    Sep 21vs NYMW 5-43.01.00000120200000.002.00
    Sep 20at ATLW 6-512.01.01000011000000.001.00
    Sep 15at STLW 5-43.01.00000123000000.003.00
    Sep 12vs ATLL 6-7-4.01.00100000100100.001.00
    Sep 11vs ATLW 7-59.01.00010010100000.001.00
    Sep 9vs MIAW 8-43.01.00000020100000.001.00
    Sep 4at SDW 9-72.01.00000112000000.002.00
    Sep 3at MILW 4-210.01.00010020100000.001.00
    Aug 30vs LAAL 8-10-5.01.001010212103327.003.00
    Aug 28vs LAAW 6-48.01.00010000000000.000.00
    Aug 27vs STLW 3-09.01.00010011100000.002.00
    Aug 23vs SFL 6-8-5.01.001000111013218.002.00
    Aug 22vs SFW 4-312.01.01000010100000.001.00
    Aug 16at TORW 9-43.01.00000020000000.000.00
    Aug 13vs MINL 0-31.01.00000000100000.001.00
    Aug 10vs WASW 6-22.01.00000010100000.001.00
    Aug 8vs WASL 4-5-3.01.00100020110119.001.00
    Aug 5vs KCW 9-69.01.00010011000000.001.00
    Aug 2at MIAL 8-90.01.00001000200219.002.00
    Jul 31at MIAW 4-28.01.00010000000000.000.00
    Jul 30at PITL 4-62.01.00000010101000.001.00
    Jul 28at PITW 2-18.01.00010001000000.001.00
    Jul 26vs BALW 6-43.01.00000120000000.000.00
    Jul 24vs BALL 2-3-4.01.00100011100119.002.00
    Jul 23at CLEW 8-511.01.01001010210119.002.00
    Jul 18vs MILW 4-39.01.00010010000000.000.00
    Jul 16vs SDW 7-62.01.00000010000000.000.00
    Jul 15vs SDW 6-49.01.00010012000000.002.00
    Jul 7at MIAW 4-38.01.00010000100000.001.00
    Jul 6at TBW 3-12.01.00000010000000.000.00
    Jul 4at TBW 3-110.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Jul 2vs WASL 4-52.01.00000010000000.000.00
    Jun 29at CHCW 3-19.01.00010010000000.000.00
    Jun 27at CHCW 5-13.01.00000020100000.001.00
    Jun 25vs NYMW 7-610.01.00010020002000.000.00
    Jun 23vs NYMW 5-12.01.00000011000000.001.00
    Jun 22vs ATLL 1-54.01.00000030000000.000.00
    Jun 17at OAKW 3-23.01.00000020100000.001.00
    Jun 15at ARIW 5-49.01.00010010000000.000.00
    Jun 14at ARIW 4-313.01.01000020100000.001.00
    Jun 11vs LADW 7-33.01.00000020000000.000.00
    Jun 8vs DETW 3-211.01.01000012200119.004.00
    Jun 6vs DETW 1-011.01.00010030000000.000.00
    Jun 3at WASW 4-29.01.00010010002000.000.00
    Jun 1at NYML 2-41.01.00000000000000.000.00
    May 27at ATLW 2-19.01.00010020110119.001.00
    May 26at ATLW 6-48.01.00010001000000.001.00
    May 24vs ARIW 6-512.01.01000010000000.000.00
    May 21vs CHCW 2-19.01.00010021110119.002.00
    May 19vs CHCL 1-104.01.00000030000000.000.00
    May 12at COLW 6-311.01.00010030100000.001.00
    May 10vs TORW 2-113.01.01000020000000.000.00
    May 9vs TORW 8-43.01.00000020000000.000.00
    May 3at LADL 6-10-7.70.1010001221044108.0012.00
    May 1at LADL 4-13-0.30.200000112102227.004.50
    Apr 27vs SEAW 1-010.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Apr 26vs SEAW 6-513.01.01000020000000.000.00
    Apr 22vs COLW 4-39.01.00010010000000.000.00
    Apr 19at CWSW 5-23.01.00000120100000.001.00
    Apr 18at CWSW 7-43.01.00000120000000.000.00
    Apr 16at CINW 14-33.01.00000020100000.001.00
    Apr 12vs MIAL 2-31.70.20000010100000.001.50
    Apr 11vs MIAL 4-82.01.00000011000000.001.00
    Apr 9vs CINL 4-60.01.00000101100119.002.00
    Apr 7vs CINW 5-29.01.00010011100000.002.00
    Apr 4at NYYW 4-10.01.00000001210119.003.00
    Apr 1at TEXL 3-16-1.70.100000121003381.009.00
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