Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/19/13
When people talk about young, hard-throwing closers, the first names in their heads are Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds, and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves. These two have come in over the last couple of years and taken over as two of baseball’s most dominant closers, with Kimbrel taking away the rookie saves record in 2011 away from Texas Rangers closer-turned-starter Neftali Feliz, who set it just the year previous. Both pitchers debuted for the proverbial “cup of coffee” in 2010, with Kimbrel coming up in May and splitting time between the Braves and their AAA team in Gwinnett, and Chapman being called up just before the September roster expansion that year. While Chapman had much more fanfare for his debut, having signed a six year, $30.25 million contract just prior to the 2010 season, Kimbrel made a name for himself quickly, striking out 40 batters in just 20.2 innings pitched. While Kimbrel had a slight issue with control in his time in the Bigs in 2010, walking 1...
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