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Craig Kimbrel
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 0" 215LBS | Age: 33

Draft: 2008 | Rd: 3, #96, Atlanta Braves | Wallace State CC
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 4 5 2.30 62 0 24 58.2 98 0.92
12 Seasons 35 29 2.18 645 0 372 627.1 1024 0.95
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 62 4-5 2.30 58.2 98 0.92
12 Seasons 645 35-29 2.18 627.1 1024 0.95

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 27 1008 129 6 4.7 87.3 110.4 10 31.8 .156 .246 .254 .222 .293 28.3 36.4 9.2 2.58 2.11
2016 28 935 103 6 5.8 89.9 111.4 20.9 35.9 .164 .303 .252 .273 .356 33.3 37.7 13.6 3.40 3.20
2017 29 1148 110 13 11.8 92 112.1 18.3 31.8 .163 .319 .199 .236 .432 45.5 49.6 5.5 1.44 2.40
2018 30 1111 118 12 10.2 89.2 117 22.3 35.6 .175 .304 .255 .269 .371 32.2 38.9 12.6 2.74 3.05
2019 31 392 52 10 19.2 92.6 115.3 15.6 48.1 .257 .561 .410 .386 .525 47.1 31.3 12.5 6.53 7.15
2020 32 300 27 5 18.5 91.1 105.6 15.3 55.6 .195 .387 .312 .332 .497 51.9 40.6 17.4 5.28 4.77
2021 33 996 108 7 6.5 90.5 114.3 19.5 40.7 .157 .264 .233 .236 .344 39.3 42.2 9.9 2.30 2.36
5890 647 59 9.1 90 117 17.8 36.9 .171 .311 .254 .261 .376 37.2 40.4 10.6
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .242 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kimbrel relies on 2 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
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Curveball
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Pitch Tracking

Year Pitch Type # # RHB # LHB % MPH PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR SO BBE BA XBA SLG XSLG WOBA XWOBA EV LA Spin Ext. Whiff% PutAway%
2021 4-Seam Fastball 576 310 266 59.1 96.5 142 120 22 10 5 1 6 52 71 .183 .175 .392 .326 .294 .277 93.8 26 2301 6.6 33.1 27.4
2021 Curveball 398 194 204 40.9 86.1 85 80 9 9 0 0 0 44 36 .113 .136 .113 .179 .135 .171 83.9 8 2557 6.5 59.4 33.3
2020 4-Seam Fastball 187 99 88 62.3 96.9 41 34 7 3 1 1 2 14 20 .206 .217 .471 .502 .349 .367 92.3 21 2262 6.6 30.5 23.7
2020 Curveball 113 48 65 37.7 86.0 27 21 3 3 0 0 0 14 7 .143 .160 .143 .201 .254 .278 87.9 -1 2542 6.5 48.4 35.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2015 46.5 14 31 8.5 34.9 35.7 29.5 3.1 34.9 26.4 19.4 3.9 4.7
2016 31.1 33 24.3 11.7 39.8 30.1 30.1 4.9 23.3 33 21.4 7.8 5.8
2017 37.3 32.7 21.8 8.2 28.2 37.3 34.5 1.8 25.5 29.1 22.7 8.2 11.8
2018 29.7 27.1 30.5 12.7 22 36.4 41.5 3.4 25.4 34.7 19.5 6.8 10.2
2019 28.8 32.7 34.6 3.8 30.8 42.3 26.9 0 21.2 30.8 21.2 5.8 19.2
2020 33.3 18.5 40.7 7.4 33.3 33.3 33.3 3.7 18.5 25.9 33.3 0 18.5
2021 30.6 33.3 27.8 8.3 28.7 37 34.3 2.8 19.4 36.1 21.3 13 6.5
34.8 27.5 28.4 9.3 30.8 35.9 33.4 2.9 25.3 31.4 21.3 7.3 9.1
45.1 22.5 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.5 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2021 Curveball CWS R 398 86.1 42.6 -0.6 -1 10.4 -0.7 -6
2021 4-Seamer CWS R 576 96.5 14.8 1 6 10.3 0.6 6
2020 4-Seamer CHC R 186 96.9 15 0.5 3 10.7 0.5 5
2020 Curveball CHC R 113 86 43.7 0.4 1 11 0 0
2019 Curveball CHC R 126 85.9 45.7 1.3 3 8.7 0.1 1
2019 4-Seamer CHC R 251 96.2 14.9 0.6 4 10.2 1.1 12
2018 Changeup BOS R 1 91.3 30.9 3.4 12 13.6 -0.2 -2
2018 Curveball BOS R 391 86.6 45 1.6 4 10.5 0.9 9
2018 4-Seamer BOS R 718 97.1 13.6 1.3 9 9.3 0.3 4
2017 Curveball BOS R 360 87.3 45.6 3 7 8.9 1 13
2017 4-Seamer BOS R 783 98.3 12.7 0.7 5 11.7 0.6 5
2017 Sinker BOS R 3 98 21.2 3.4 19 17.5 1.4 8
2016 Curveball BOS R 288 87.2 44.7 1.2 3 8.2 -0.3 -4
2016 4-Seamer BOS R 629 98 11.3 2 15 10.8 -0.1 -1
2016 Sinker BOS R 2 98.4 9.2 -8.1 -47 16.2 -0.6 -3
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2021 Curveball -3.1 -12 398 40 85 .113 .113 .153 59.4 51.8 33.3 .136 .179 .187 22.2
2021 4-Seamer -0.9 -5 576 57.8 142 .183 .392 .297 33.1 36.6 27.4 .175 .326 .278 47.9
2020 Curveball -1.2 -1 113 37.7 27 .143 .143 .256 48.4 51.9 35 .16 .201 .278 28.6
2020 4-Seamer 0.8 1 187 62.3 41 .206 .471 .352 30.5 34.1 23.7 .217 .502 .366 60
2019 Curveball 1.5 2 126 32.1 35 .156 .406 .271 50 48.6 32.1 .159 .306 .238 33.3
2019 4-Seamer 0.6 2 251 64 57 .326 .783 .494 24.8 19.3 19.6 .342 .776 .493 52.8
2018 Curveball -2.5 -10 391 35.2 68 .082 .098 .143 55.6 48.5 28.4 .145 .181 .2 14.3
2018 4-Seamer -0.5 -4 718 64.6 179 .171 .388 .301 33.3 35.2 23.5 .187 .354 .297 37.8
2018 Changeup -3.6 0 1 0.1 100
2017 Sinker 5.7 0 3 0.3 2 .5 .5 .45 0 0 0 .485 .51 .437 0
2017 Curveball -0.8 -3 360 31.4 61 .158 .211 .249 55.3 54.1 37.5 .16 .243 .229 41.7
2017 4-Seamer -2.9 -23 783 68.2 190 .131 .251 .206 39.3 48.4 28 .161 .343 .245 47.6
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2020 Curveball 109 86 68 14.5 8:00 7:45 15
2020 4-Seam Fastball 180 96.9 94 17.5 1:30 1:15 15
2021 Curveball 397 86.1 62 13.4 8:00 7:45 15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 575 96.5 93 17.7 1:30 1:15 15
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2010 100 446 -7 -8 2 2 -11
2011 304 1305 -14 -12 5 2 -19
2012 230 930 -14 -13 -2 3 -26
2013 261 1056 -16 -11 5 2 -21
2014 243 1047 -7 -16 4 3 -16
2015 223 957 -7 -10 5 3 -9
2016 221 949 -15 -2 6 5 -6
2017 265 1200 -12 -19 2 4 -24
2018 297 1304 -5 -16 4 4 -12
2019 92 377 5 -5 3 1 3
2020 73 327 -4 -1 3 2 -1
2021 227 974 -8 -16 4 2 -17
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2015 1008 48.7 67.5 71.5 26 38.3 39.5 61.1 46 36.6 8.3 75
2016 935 46 61.9 75.8 29.2 44.9 41.8 68.2 44.4 34.9 7.2 82.1
2017 1148 51 62.2 66.5 34.8 40.5 44.9 63.8 48.8 42.7 7.8 69.7
2018 1111 42.9 65 74.2 31.9 38.1 43.2 56.3 46.1 40 6.5 76.4
2019 392 41.9 72.8 79.1 28.3 45.2 41.4 56.3 47.7 32.6 7.4 82.1
2020 300 46.7 55.7 71.8 21.9 48.6 37.7 58 37.7 35.4 6.3 84.2
2021 996 45.1 62.9 70.3 31 34.3 40.7 62.5 45.5 43.7 6.3 67.2
5890 46.5 64 71.9 30.1 39.9 41.9 61.6 45.9 39.1 7.2 75
48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 60.6 47 24.6 7.2 76

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 99 100 99 94 98 84 60 72 89 99 18 99 99 99 97 86
2016 84 99 93 63 71 91 54 12 64 99 1 97 84 99 94 71
2017 98 100 89 50 99 54 0 0 0 100 92 100 98 99 89 71
2018 87 97 92 72 76 65 4 24 73 99 6 99 87 96 78 67
2019 91 65 56
2020 95 45 55
2021 98 99 98 89 96 91 68 13 42 99 27 100 98 91 64 66
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 24.1 9 6.3 3 1 6 2 22.2
2020 23.6 2 2.1 0 0 2 1 50
2021 20.7 6 4.7 1 4 5 1 16.7

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 9 5 6 7 8 4 6 7 7 7 7 7 4 4 6 8 4 7 6 7 4 7 6 7 7 8 8 6 8 5 7
2020 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 3 1 2 3 3 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 1 2 2 3
2021 6 5 8 4 8 4 4 5 4 6 7 6 2 3 5 6 2 4 5 7 1 3 3 4 4 6 4 3 6 3 8
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 98 98 0 98.3 0.3 97.1 -1.2 96.2 -0.9 96.9 0.7 96.5 -0.4
Offspeed Velocity 0 0 0 0 0 91.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Breaking Velocity 87.8 87.2 -0.6 87.3 0.1 86.6 -0.7 85.9 -0.7 86 0.1 86.1 0.1
Exit Velocity 87.3 89.9 2.6 92 2.1 89.2 -2.8 92.6 3.4 91.1 -1.5 90.5 -0.6
Launch Angle 10 20.9 10.9 18.3 -2.6 22.3 4 15.6 -6.7 15.3 -0.3 19.5 4.2
Barrel % 4.7 5.8 1.1 11.8 6 10.2 -1.6 19.2 9 18.5 -0.7 6.5 -12
Hard Hit % 28.3 33.3 5 45.5 12.2 32.2 -13.3 47.1 14.9 51.9 4.8 39.3 -12.6
Sweet Spot % 31.8 35.9 4.1 31.8 -4.1 35.6 3.8 48.1 12.5 55.6 7.5 40.7 -14.9
xBA .156 .164 0.008 .163 -0.001 .175 0.012 .257 0.082 .195 -0.062 .157 -0.038
BA .185 .152 -0.033 .14 -0.012 .146 0.006 .259 0.113 .182 -0.077 .153 -0.029
xwOBA .222 .273 0.051 .236 -0.037 .269 0.033 .386 0.117 .332 -0.054 .236 -0.096
wOBA .254 .252 -0.002 .199 -0.053 .255 0.056 .41 0.155 .312 -0.098 .233 -0.079
xSLG .246 .303 0.057 .319 0.016 .304 -0.015 .561 0.257 .387 -0.174 .264 -0.123
SLG .306 .255 -0.051 .243 -0.012 .305 0.062 .654 0.349 .345 -0.309 .276 -0.069
K% 36.4 37.7 1.3 49.6 11.9 38.9 -10.7 31.3 -7.6 40.6 9.3 42.2 1.6
BB% 9.2 13.6 4.4 5.5 -8.1 12.6 7.1 12.5 -0.1 17.4 4.9 9.9 -7.5
Swing % 46 44.4 -1.6 48.8 4.4 46.1 -2.7 47.7 1.6 37.7 -10 45.5 7.8
Whiff% 36.6 34.9 -1.7 42.7 7.8 40 -2.7 32.6 -7.4 35.4 2.8 43.7 8.3
In Zone % 48.7 46 -2.7 51 5 42.9 -8.1 41.9 -1 46.7 4.8 45.1 -1.6
Out of Zone % 51.3 54 2.7 49 -5 57.1 8.1 58.1 1 53.3 -4.8 54.9 1.6
Out of Zone Swing % 26 29.2 3.2 34.8 5.6 31.9 -2.9 28.3 -3.6 21.9 -6.4 31 9.1
First Pitch Swing % 31.8 37.7 5.9 24.4 -13.3 26.7 2.3 35.4 8.7 21.7 -13.7 30.6 8.9
First Pitch Strike % 61.1 68.2 7.1 63.8 -4.4 56.3 -7.5 56.3 0 58 1.7 62.5 4.5
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 213 .248 118 0 0.0 95 19 20.0
2017 253 .200 135 0 0.0 118 26 22.0
2018 247 .255 131 0 0.0 116 58 50.0
2019 92 .399 45 1 2.2 47 9 19.1
2020 68 .312 32 7 21.9 36 11 30.6
2021 227 .234 120 7 5.8 107 56 52.3

Pitch Distribution