Craig Kimbrel
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 0" 215LBS | Age: 34

Draft: 2008 | Rd: 3, #96, Atlanta Braves | Wallace State CC
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 3 5 4.46 45 0 21 42.1 56 1.56
13 Seasons 38 34 2.32 691 0 393 670.2 1082 0.99
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 45 3-5 4.46 42.1 56 1.56
13 Seasons 691 38-34 2.32 670.2 1082 0.99

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA 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 2.5 87.3 110.4 10.0 31.8 .164 .258 .254 .232 .317 26.4 36.4 9.2 2.58 2.18
2016 28 935 103 6 5.8 2.7 89.9 111.4 20.9 35.9 .168 .310 .252 .278 .370 33.0 37.7 13.6 3.40 3.21
2017 29 1148 110 13 11.8 5.1 92.0 112.1 18.3 31.8 .163 .319 .199 .236 .432 45.5 49.6 5.5 1.44 2.35
2018 30 1111 118 11 9.3 4.5 89.1 117.0 22.3 35.6 .172 .295 .255 .265 .362 33.1 38.9 12.6 2.74 2.92
2019 31 392 52 10 19.2 10.4 92.6 115.3 15.6 48.1 .261 .568 .410 .390 .535 47.1 31.3 12.5 6.53 7.18
2020 32 300 27 5 18.5 7.2 91.1 105.6 15.3 55.6 .195 .387 .312 .332 .497 51.9 40.6 17.4 5.28 4.73
2021 33 1008 109 7 6.4 3 90.5 114.3 19.7 41.3 .158 .268 .230 .236 .349 39.8 42.6 9.8 2.26 2.32
2022 34 813 118 12 10.2 6.2 90.5 110.7 16.3 33.9 .217 .370 .329 .296 .369 40.7 28.7 9.7 4.46 3.59
Player 6715 766 70 9.1 4.5 90.1 117.0 17.6 36.6 .179 .321 .263 .267 .382 37.4 39.0 10.5
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.2 12.1 33.0 .245 .406 .316 .315 .368 35.8 22.0 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kimbrel relies on 2 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(68%) ,
Curveball
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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2015 46.5 14.0 31.0 8.5 34.9 35.7 29.5 3.1 34.9 26.4 19.4 3.9 4.7 2.5
2016 31.1 33.0 24.3 11.7 39.8 30.1 30.1 4.9 23.3 33.0 21.4 7.8 5.8 2.7
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 5.1
2018 29.7 27.1 30.5 12.7 22.0 36.4 41.5 3.4 25.4 34.7 19.5 7.6 9.3 4.5
2019 28.8 32.7 34.6 3.8 30.8 42.3 26.9 0.0 21.2 30.8 21.2 5.8 19.2 10.4
2020 33.3 25.9 33.3 7.4 33.3 33.3 33.3 3.7 18.5 25.9 33.3 0.0 18.5 7.2
2021 30.3 33.9 27.5 8.3 28.4 37.6 33.9 2.8 19.3 35.8 21.1 13.8 6.4 3.0
2022 39.8 30.5 20.3 9.3 33.9 38.1 28.0 5.9 27.1 25.4 21.2 10.2 10.2 6.2
Player 35.5 28.3 26.9 9.3 31.2 36.3 32.5 3.4 25.6 30.4 21.3 8.0 9.1 4.5
MLB 44.9 23.0 25.0 7.1 36.7 37.7 25.4 3.8 33.1 24.5 24.5 5.7 6.7 4.6
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

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
2022 Curveball LAD R 260 86.0 43.3 -0.1 0 10.2 -0.7 -6
2022 4-Seamer LAD R 553 95.9 15.4 0.8 5 10.7 1.1 11
2021 4-Seamer CWS R 585 96.5 14.8 1.1 7 10.3 0.6 6
2021 Curveball CWS R 401 86.1 42.6 -0.6 -1 10.4 -0.7 -6
2020 Curveball CHC R 113 86.0 43.7 0.4 1 11.0 -0.1 0
2020 4-Seamer CHC R 187 96.9 15.0 0.6 4 10.7 0.5 5
2019 4-Seamer CHC R 251 96.2 14.9 0.7 5 10.2 1.2 13
2019 Curveball CHC R 126 85.9 45.7 1.1 3 8.7 0.0 0
2018 Changeup BOS R 1 91.3 30.9 3.3 12 13.6 -0.2 -2
2018 4-Seamer BOS R 718 97.1 13.6 1.4 9 9.3 0.3 4
2018 Curveball BOS R 391 86.6 45.0 1.6 4 10.5 0.9 9
2017 Curveball BOS R 360 87.3 45.6 3.0 7 8.9 1.0 13
2017 Sinker BOS R 3 98.0 21.2 3.6 20 17.5 1.5 10
2017 4-Seamer BOS R 783 98.3 12.7 0.7 5 11.7 0.5 5
2016 Sinker BOS R 2 98.4 9.2 -8.1 -47 16.2 -0.6 -4
2016 Curveball BOS R 289 87.2 44.7 1.2 3 8.2 -0.3 -4
2016 4-Seamer BOS R 629 98.0 11.3 2.0 15 10.8 -0.1 0
! 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 %
2022 4-Seamer 0.1 1 553 68.0 122 .321 .495 .388 23.2 26.2 18.1 .218 .393 .308 42.9
2022 Curveball 0.2 1 260 32.0 72 .188 .234 .267 41.1 33.3 24.5 .215 .331 .287 36.6
2021 4-Seamer -0.9 -6 585 58.0 144 .180 .385 .293 33.2 36.8 27.5 .177 .335 .279 48.6
2021 Curveball -3.1 -13 401 39.8 86 .111 .111 .151 59.3 52.3 33.6 .134 .173 .182 22.2
2020 4-Seamer 0.7 1 187 62.3 41 .206 .471 .352 30.5 34.1 23.7 .217 .502 .366 60.0
2020 Curveball -1.3 -2 113 37.7 27 .143 .143 .256 48.4 51.9 35.0 .160 .201 .278 28.6
2019 4-Seamer 1.0 3 251 64.0 57 .326 .783 .510 24.8 19.3 19.6 .342 .776 .493 52.8
2019 Curveball 1.4 2 126 32.1 35 .156 .406 .271 50.0 48.6 32.1 .159 .306 .238 33.3
2018 4-Seamer -0.5 -4 718 64.6 179 .171 .388 .301 33.3 35.2 23.5 .183 .341 .291 38.9
2018 Curveball -2.6 -10 391 35.2 68 .082 .098 .143 55.6 48.5 28.4 .145 .181 .200 14.3
2018 Changeup -3.6 0 1 0.1 -- -- -- 100.0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 4-Seamer -2.9 -23 783 68.2 190 .131 .251 .206 39.3 48.4 28.0 .161 .343 .245 47.6
2017 Curveball -0.8 -3 360 31.4 61 .158 .211 .249 55.3 54.1 37.5 .160 .243 .229 41.7
2017 Sinker 5.7 0 3 0.3 2 .500 .500 .450 0.0 0.0 0.0 .485 .510 .437 0.0
! 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 86.0 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 400 86.1 62 13.5 8:00 7:45 15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 584 96.5 93 17.7 1:30 1:15 15
2022 Curveball 260 86.0 61 14.0 8:00 7:45 15
2022 4-Seam Fastball 552 95.9 94 17.6 1:30 1:15 15
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2010 100 446 -7 -8 4 2 -10
2011 304 1,305 -14 -12 5 2 -19
2012 230 930 -14 -14 -2 3 -27
2013 261 1,056 -16 -12 5 2 -22
2014 243 1,047 -7 -14 4 3 -14
2015 238 1,004 -8 -9 5 4 -8
2016 224 953 -15 -3 6 5 -6
2017 265 1,200 -12 -19 2 4 -24
2018 297 1,304 -5 -16 4 4 -12
2019 92 377 5 -4 3 1 4
2020 73 327 -5 -1 3 2 -1
2021 241 1,033 -7 -16 5 2 -15
2022 194 813 -8 2 3 4 1
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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 1,008 49.0 67.2 72.6 25.7 38.6 39.5 61.1 46.0 36.6 8.3 76.2
2016 935 46.1 62.2 75.7 29.2 44.9 41.8 68.2 44.4 34.9 7.2 82.1
2017 1,148 51.0 62.2 66.5 34.8 40.5 44.9 63.8 48.8 42.7 7.8 69.7
2018 1,111 42.9 65.0 74.2 31.9 38.1 43.2 56.3 46.1 40.0 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 58.0 37.7 35.4 6.3 84.2
2021 1,008 45.2 63.0 70.1 31.1 34.5 40.5 63.2 45.6 43.7 6.4 68.3
2022 813 51.8 64.6 79.8 26.3 49.5 43.2 64.9 46.1 28.5 8.6 75.7
Player 6,715 47.2 64.1 73.1 29.6 40.9 42.0 62.1 46.0 37.8 7.4 75.4
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.4 42.6 60.7 47.1 24.7 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2015 99 99 99 93 97 85 60 73 95 99 18 99 12 99 97 83 77
2016 84 99 93 61 72 91 54 12 63 99 1 97 53 99 94 67 79
2017 99 100 89 52 99 54 1 1 1 100 92 100 96 99 90 69 74
2018 91 97 95 79 79 68 7 25 69 99 6 99 90 96 79 66 70
2019 90 65 52 71
2020 95 49 52 75
2021 98 99 97 89 97 92 71 13 38 99 29 100 81 91 65 63 73
2022 61 74 58 38 59 52 10 8 27 84 25 71 20 83 57 60 82
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2016 23.1 4 4.2 0 4 5 0 0.0
2017 24.2 6 8.5 -3 6 5 4 66.7
2018 21.2 9 7.7 1 4 5 3 33.3
2019 24.1 9 6.3 3 1 6 2 22.2
2020 23.6 2 2.2 0 0 2 1 50.0
2021 20.7 7 5.7 1 4 7 1 14.3
2022 22.7 2 4.5 -3 3 6 0 0.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 4 3 6 3 5 5 4 4 5 4 6 5 3 3 5 5 5 3 2 4 6 3 4 3 3 5 6 4 3 4 5
2017 6 6 11 8 8 8 8 9 9 6 8 9 8 6 9 9 9 9 7 9 9 8 8 10 10 8 9 8 10 9 10
2018 9 7 10 7 7 7 8 10 9 7 7 6 5 6 7 9 8 10 4 9 9 7 7 9 8 9 10 5 10 6 9
2019 9 5 6 7 7 6 6 8 7 6 7 7 4 4 5 8 4 7 5 5 7 5 5 7 7 7 9 6 8 5 8
2020 2 1 3 2 2 2 0 2 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 1 2 2 3
2021 7 5 11 4 7 8 7 7 7 7 6 6 2 2 5 7 7 5 6 5 6 5 3 6 4 7 5 3 7 3 9
2022 2 6 5 3 4 6 3 3 4 3 6 4 2 2 3 6 6 6 3 4 6 4 4 5 4 5 8 3 5 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, distances and 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 +/-   2022 +/-  
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 95.9 -0.6
Offspeed Velocity 0 0 0 0 0 91.3 0 0 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 86 -0.1
Exit Velocity 87.3 89.9 2.6 92 2.1 89.1 -2.9 92.6 3.5 91.1 -1.5 90.5 -0.6 90.5 0
Launch Angle 10 20.9 10.9 18.3 -2.6 22.3 4 15.6 -6.7 15.3 -0.3 19.7 4.4 16.3 -3.4
Barrel % 4.7 5.8 1.1 11.8 6 9.3 -2.5 19.2 9.9 18.5 -0.7 6.4 -12.1 10.2 3.8
Hard Hit % 26.4 33 6.6 45.5 12.5 33.1 -12.4 47.1 14 51.9 4.8 39.8 -12.1 40.7 0.9
Sweet Spot % 31.8 35.9 4.1 31.8 -4.1 35.6 3.8 48.1 12.5 55.6 7.5 41.3 -14.3 33.9 -7.4
xBA .164 .168 0.004 .163 -0.005 .172 0.009 .261 0.089 .195 -0.066 .158 -0.037 .217 0.059
BA .185 .152 -0.033 .14 -0.012 .146 0.006 .259 0.113 .182 -0.077 .15 -0.032 .272 0.122
xwOBA .232 .278 0.046 .236 -0.042 .265 0.029 .39 0.125 .332 -0.058 .236 -0.096 .296 0.06
wOBA .254 .252 -0.002 .199 -0.053 .255 0.056 .41 0.155 .312 -0.098 .23 -0.082 .329 0.099
xSLG .258 .31 0.052 .319 0.009 .295 -0.024 .568 0.273 .387 -0.181 .268 -0.119 .37 0.102
SLG .306 .255 -0.051 .243 -0.012 .305 0.062 .654 0.349 .345 -0.309 .272 -0.073 .399 0.127
K% 36.4 37.7 1.3 49.6 11.9 38.9 -10.7 31.3 -7.6 40.6 9.3 42.6 2 28.7 -13.9
BB% 9.2 13.6 4.4 5.5 -8.1 12.6 7.1 12.5 -0.1 17.4 4.9 9.8 -7.6 9.7 -0.1
Swing % 46 44.4 -1.6 48.8 4.4 46.1 -2.7 47.7 1.6 37.7 -10 45.6 7.9 46.1 0.5
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 28.5 -15.2
In Zone % 49 46.1 -2.9 51 4.9 42.9 -8.1 41.9 -1 46.7 4.8 45.2 -1.5 51.8 6.6
Out of Zone % 51 53.9 2.9 49 -4.9 57.1 8.1 58.1 1 53.3 -4.8 54.8 1.5 48.2 -6.6
Out of Zone Swing % 25.7 29.2 3.5 34.8 5.6 31.9 -2.9 28.3 -3.6 21.9 -6.4 31.1 9.2 26.3 -4.8
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 30.8 9.1 32.5 1.7
First Pitch Strike % 61.1 68.2 7.1 63.8 -4.4 56.3 -7.5 56.3 0 58 1.7 63.2 5.2 64.9 1.7
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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 230 .231 122 7 5.7 108 57 52.8
2022 194 .329 99 32 32.3 95 61 64.2

Pitch Tempo