Will Craig Kimbrel Be the Next Braves Closer?

Posted: 8th November 2009 by Eric Stashin in MLB
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The Braves always appear to be a team that is looking for a player to close out tight games. This season they used both Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez, unable to settle on which would be the best solution to their problems. Could a long-term answer be sitting on their doorstep? Selected in the third round of the 2008 draft (he was originally selected in the thirty-third round in 2007, but failed to sign), Craig Kimbrel made quick work of the minor leagues in 2009. He pitched across four levels, finishing the season without giving up a run over two innings at Triple-A. He was impressive overall, but there is one big red flag hanging over himàhis control.á Overall, he walked 6.61 batters per nine innings in 2009, a number that makes it impossible to trust him in the latter in ...

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