Braves Reliever Craig Kimbrel Named Top Closer For August

DENVER, CO - JULY 21: Closer Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Atlanta Braves delivers against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning at Coors Field on July 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Kimbrel earned his 30th save as the Braves defeated the Rockies 9-6. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The awards keep piling up for Atlanta Braves rookie closer Craig Kimbrel. He was already named the top rookie for the month of August, his second such award this year, and he has now been named the MLB Delivery Man of the Month for August. Here is the writeup from the official release:

Kimbrel becomes the first Atlanta Braves pitcher to ever win the Delivery Man of the Month Award (since 2005), and is the first rookie to win since Manny Corpas did so while a member of the Colorado Rockies in September 2007. The right-hander converted each of his 10 save opportunities during the month, permitting just six hits in 12.2 scoreless innings over 13 appearances.

The 23-year-old added 23 strikeouts with just four walks, and he recorded at least two strikeouts in his final eight appearances of August, tossing 1.0 inning in each. From August 14th to September 3rd, Kimbrel compiled a Major League record 10-game streak of collecting at least two strikeouts in no more than 1.0 inning pitched. The previous best streak of seven such games was achieved on three occasions in a single season: Matt Mantei (1999), Billy Wagner (2007) and Kimbrel (2010).

On August 31st against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field, the Huntsville, Alabama native earned his 41st save of the season to pass Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers (40 in 2010) for the most saves by a Major League rookie (since 1969). The 2011 N.L. All-Star has not allowed a run in his last 36 appearances dating back to June 14th. The 36.2-inning scoreless streak is the longest in the Majors this season, and in that span, he is 24-for-24 in save chances while allowing just 14 hits and nine walks with 66 strikeouts. The third round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft leads all Major League relievers in strikeouts and he has fanned 112 of his 264 batters faced (42 percent).

Ridiculously good.

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