2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Craig Kimbrel
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
No reliever may decide the fate of his owners more than Craig Kimbrel in 2020. On the one hand, Kimbrel did not go through spring training before signing with the Cubs. Hampered by the draft pick associated with signing Kimbrel prior to to the major league draft in June. So, his conditioning cannot replicate game situations which potentially contributed to his struggles in 2019. However, one cannot overlook his declining fastball velocities by a mile per hour in the two seasons following its peak in 2017.
With this in mind, along with last season’s results, Kimbrel sits on the precipice of adapting to his new arsenal or rebounding as he’s done in the past. Last year, Kimbrel logged 20.2 innings zero wins, four losses, 13 saves, a 30:12 K:BB, 6.53 ERA, 4.75 xFIP and bloated 1.60 WHIP. Less than inspiring for fantasy. Desperation can be a stinky cologne, which applied to Kimbrel owners. Stuck waiting for his return, they suffered his slugging outings for the 13 saves while hoping...