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Just How Good is Craig Kimbrel?

With Craig Kimbrel tying the all-time rookie saves record, not to mention leading all of MLB in that category, thought I'd have a look at some of his stats and compare them with his peers in 2011 (like he has any.) There are exactly twenty players who have 30 or more save opportunities this season. Among those, Craig compares very favorably in pretty much every important category. He is:

#1 in K/9 at 14.66 (!)

#1 in ERA at 1.70

#2 in BAA at .175

#1 (tie) in fewest HR allowed with 1 (Walden, Hanrahan.)

If he has a slight blemish it's a pedestrian BB/9 rate of 3.5. He has logged 65 appearances already, significantly more than anyone else on that list, so we'll need to monitor that. What a season he's having though.

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