Keep an eye on: Kyle Kinman

As you start to think about the 2016 bullpen candidates, keep Kyle Kinman's name in mind.

There is a minor leaguer in the Atlanta system that is not getting much attention, but Kyle Kinman is someone everyone should know about.

Kinman was a 25th round pick a year ago out of Bellevue University. He did well last season in Danville, posting a 2.43 ERA in 19 relief outings, with 43 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.

This season Kinman has been just as good. He started in Rome and had an ERA of 2.00 with 30 strikeouts in 27 innings. Then he pitched six games in Carolina and allowed only one run in 10.1 innings, with 16 strikeouts. He's pitched just one game in AA Mississippi and struck out two batters in one inning.

So his overall numbers this season: 1.64 ERA in 30 games, 26 hits allowed in 38.1 innings, 19 walks and 48 strikeouts.

Against left-handed hitters, the southpaw has allowed a .106 batting average (five hits in 47 at bats). Right-handed hitters have hit just .236 against Kinman in 106 plate appearances.

Kinman turns 25 on September 25, so he's a bit older since he was a college pitcher. He will likely be in big league camp next spring and will get a long look, especially as the Braves remake their bullpen.

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