2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Craig Kimbrel
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at free agent closer Craig Kimbrel and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
After showing exemplary patience awaiting Craig Kimbrel to sign, time’s running out to profile him. So, without further ado, here goes. Last year, Kimbrel recorded 42 saves with five wins in 62.1 innings, with 96 strikeouts, 31 walks, a 2.74 ERA, a 3.13 FIP and a 0.99 WHIP. He’s saved 108 games over the last three years with a 2.44 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 305 strikeouts. However, he remains unsigned due to the draft pick which would affect any team which signs him. This muddles the picture with teams trying to cobble together high leverage rather than sacrifice a future draft pick.
Within Kimbrel’s last three years, it needs to noted his outlier season of 2017 may not return for fantasy owners, but he’s still a top reliever. But, be sure to account for the trends in this time frame:
- Walk Percentage: 13.6 (2016), 5.5 (2017), 12.6 (2018)
- Strikeout Percentage: 37.7 (2016), 49.6 (2017), 38.9 (2018)
- Swinging Strike Percentage: 15.1 (2016), 19.8 (2017), 17.2 (2018)