"I mean, it definitely challenges you for sure," said Kimbrel. "They've got a good team, and I'm really excited to see what they can do in the Classic."
For Kimbrel, the outing served as reinforcement that his work this spring is paying off.
"Absolutely," said Kimbrel. "It was good to get out there again. It's my second appearance against hitters. I felt good, I felt on top of pitches. Any time you're getting to face the caliber of guys like that, it's definitely easier to step it up a little bit and push yourself. Today was a good day."
Because Kimbrel's first season with the Red Sox included an injury (left knee) and some inconsistency, he didn't think it was right to accept the invitation to play for Team USA in the Classic.
"I mean, everything in me wants to go and play, but I just have to be smart and listen to my body and look to the season we have ahead of us, and everything just didn't line up for me to be a part of it this year," Kimbrel said.