Last name is pronounced "kuh-NAY-bull"... Is married.....wife's name is Danielle.....the couple has a daughter named Ledger... Attended Bastrop (TX) High School for three years before graduating from Georgetown (TX) High School.....also played basketball in high school... Attended the University of Texas, where he was the closer for three seasons and collected 37 saves, the second-most in school history (Huston Street - 41)... Was a First Team All-Big 12 Conference selection in 2011 and 2012... Is a supporter of Faith Comes by Hearing, whose mission is to get God's audible Word to everyone everywhere.....Knebel sponsors the Tombulu language... Hobbies include fishing, golfing, hunting, cooking and brewing beer.....refers to his beer as "Bird Brew," which is a reference to his college nickname, "Bird Dog."
Missed the entire 2019 season after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during Spring Training... Underwent "Tommy John" surgery on 4/3, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache... Signed a 1-year contract on 12/10, avoiding arbitration.
Went 4-3 with a 3.58 ERA and 16 saves in 57 relief appearances with Milwaukee ... Held opponents to a .194 batting average with 88 strikeouts in 55.1 innings ... His 88 strikeouts tied for sixth among National League relievers ... His 14.31 K/9IP ranked third among National League relievers ... Was 16-for-19 in save opportunities (84.2%) ... Retired 41 of 57 first batters faced (71.9%) ... Stranded 10 of 11 inherited runners (90.9%) ... Was on the 10-day disabled list from 4/6-5/8 with a strained left hamstring (missed 29 games) ... Posted a 5.08 ERA over his first 41 appearances (39ip, 22er) and was optioned on 8/24 to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he appeared in 1 game ... Made 16 consecutive scoreless appearances to finish the season after returning to the team on 9/2, covering 16.1 innings.....held opponents to a .096 batting average during this stretch ... Was named National League Reliever of the Month and Brewers Pitcher of the Month for September/October (16g, 2-0, 0.00era, 2sv) ... Was the winning pitcher in the NL Central tie-breaker game on 10/1 at Chicago ... Appeared in 9 postseason games, going 1-0 a 0.90 ERA and 1 save ... Notched the save in Game 1 of the NLCS vs. Los Angeles ... Earned the win in Game 6 of the NLCS vs. Los Angeles ... Was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award ... Signed a 1-year contract on 1/11/19, avoiding arbitration.
Went 1-4 with a 1.78 ERA and 39 saves in 76 relief appearances...Made his first career Opening Day roster... Was named Brewers Pitcher of the Year as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America...Was the lone Brewers representative in the All-Star Game, his first career appearance (DNP)... Became the ninth closer in franchise history to be selected to the All-Star Game...His 126 strikeouts tied the Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel for the Major League lead among relievers and broke the franchise record for relievers in a single season (Julio Machado, 98k, 1991)... Also ranked among Major League relievers in K/9IP (3rd, 14.92 / 1st in NL), saves (T4th, 39), appearances (T5th, 76 / T1st in NL) and ERA (9th, 1.78)...Held opponents to a .180 batting average, which was sixth among NL relievers (17th in MLB)... His 45 consecutive appearances with a strikeout from 4/3-7/15 broke the single-season MLB record for relievers.....the previous mark was held by Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter (39g in 1977)... His 45 consecutive appearances with a strikeout broke the MLB record for relievers to begin a season.....the previous mark was held by Aroldis Chapman (37g in 2014)...Had 46 consecutive appearances with a strikeout dating back to the 2016 season, which ranked second all-time among relievers (Aroldis Chapman, 49g, 2013-14)... Became the closer in May, recording his first save of the season on 5/14 vs. New York-NL... Was 39-for-45 in save opportunities (86.7%)... Converted 21 consecutive saves from 7/22-9/19...Retired 55 of 76 first batters faced (72.4%)... Stranded 13 of 17 inherited runners (76.5%)... Was named Brewers Pitcher of the Month for May (13g, 0.71era, 3sv, 12.2ip, 27k)... Named NL Reliever of the Month for August (15g, 0.00era, 13sv, 15.1ip, 21k).....his 13 saves in August set a franchise record for a calendar month... Signed a 1-year contract on 1/12/18, avoiding arbitration
Began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain...Was reinstated on 6/9 after rehab at Class-A Brevard County and Triple-A Colorado Springs...Had two stints with the Brewers (6/9-6/18 and 7/15-end)...Went 1-4 with a 4.68 ERA and 2 saves in 35 relief appearances...Struck out 38 batters in just 32.2 innings.....opponents batted .252 ...Retired 23 of 35 first batters faced (65.7%).....did not inherit any runners ...Notched his first Major League save on 8/23 vs. Colorado.....earned his second save on 10/2 at Colorado.
Was traded from Texas to Milwaukee, along with INF Luis Sardiñas and RHP Marcos Diplan, in exchange for RHP Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations on 1/19…Went 0-0 with a 3.22 ERA in 48 relief appearances during his first season with the Brewers…Had two stints with the team (5/18-7/2 and 7/6-end)…Produced 58 strikeouts in just 50.1 innings as opponents batted just .232…Retired 35 of 48 first batters faced (72.9%)…Stranded 9 of 12 inherited runners (75%)…Went 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA and 6 saves in 16 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Was the seventh-best prospect in the Tigers organization according to Baseball America...Began the season at Double-A Erie, where he went 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA and one save in 11 relief appearances.....had 23 strikeouts in just 15.0 innings while opponents batted .154..Was promoted to Triple-A Toledo on 5/11 and split time between the Mud Hens and Detroit...Went 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA and one saves in 14 relief appearances at Toledo.....had 20 strikeouts in just 18.1 innings while opponents batted .109...Had two stints with Detroit (5/23-6/14 and 7/19-7/22), making 8 relief appearances...Made his Major League debut on 5/24 vs. Texas (1ip, 2h, 3r, 3er, 2bb, 1k).....his first career strikeout was Chris Gimenez...Was traded to Texas, along with RHP Jake Thompson, for RHP Joakim Soria on 7/23...Was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock, where he went 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in 9 relief appearances.....had 20 strikeouts in just 12.0 innings while opponents batted .205...Was placed on the disabled list on 8/18 (elbow injury) and did not pitch the rest of the year...Posted 63 strikeouts overall in 45.1 minor-league innings in 2014 as opponents batted .152...Was traded to Milwaukee, along with INF Luis Sardinas and RHP Marcos Diplan, in exchange for RHP Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations on 1/19/15
Spent his first pro season at Class-A West Michigan, where he went 2-1 with a 0.87 ERA and 15 saves in 31 relief appearances...Was 15-for-16 in save opportunities...Notched 41 strikeouts in just 31.0 innings while opponents batted .133...Following the season pitched for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, going 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and 2 saves in 9 relief appearances (8.2ip, 7h, 5r, 4er, 3bb, 11k)