Kimball in 2011
|Washington Nationals – No. 65|
August 1, 1985 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 13, 2011 for the Washington Nationals|
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||1.93|
A graduate of Hackettstown High School in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Kimball first attended St. John's University in New York, before transferring to Centenary College of New Jersey and was selected by the Nationals in the 12th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
After being drafted by Washington, Kimball began his minor-league career pitching for the Vermont Lake Monsters in the short-season New York-Penn League. In five starts and eleven relief appearances, he pitched 34 innings, compiling a win-loss record of 1-4 and an ERA of 5.82.
Kimball remained with the Lake Monsters in 2007. He accrued a record of 3 wins and 6 losses and a 4.20 ERA over 61 innings, consisting of 13 starts and one appearance in relief. After an unimpressive 2008 season with the low A Hagerstown Suns, where he compiled a 6-8 record and a 5.05 ERA he was promoted to the Potomac Nationals (high A) and converted to a reliever. His woes worsened, and although he saved 9 games, his ERA was 6.36.
In 2010, however, Kimball seemed to turn the corner. Starting the season at Potomac, he was 3-0 with six saves and an ERA of 1.82 before he was promoted. At AA Harrisburg, he continued to pitch well, earning 12 more saves to go with a 5-1 record and ERA of 2.33.
Kimball started the 2011 season at AAA Syracuse. After 12 appearances, in which he threw 13 2/3 innings, without allowing a run, he was called up to the majors. He made his debut on May 14, pitching one scoreless inning.
Kimball was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on November 16, 2011. However, the Nationals claimed him back on November 18.
According to the nationals website, Kimball is now out for the remainder of the 2012 season and is likely to return in 2013.