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Pro career: The Detroit Tigers selected Knebel with the 39th pick of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. Knebel made his debut the following season with the Tigers on May 24, 2014. In June, Knebel was dealt to the Texas Rangers as part of the Joakim Soria trade. A year later, after spending most of 2014 in Triple-A before an injury ended his season, the Milwaukee Brewers dealt Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers in exchange for Knebel, Luis Sardinas and Marcos Diplan. In Milwaukee, his career has flourished. Knebel became the closer in May of last season and set a record for recording a strikeout in 45 consecutive games. He was named an All-Star and established himself as one of the top closers in the National League. He finished 2017 with an ERA of 1.78 with 39 saves with 126 strikeouts.
Why he’s here: An injury has tripped up Knebel’s 2018 season and limited him to just 5.2 innings as of May 15. With the Brewers in first place of the stacked National League Central and Knebel still entrenched as the closer, expect him to get many opportunities to right the ship. Currently Knebel is the best Texas alum playing professional baseball.
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