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Brandon Kintzler | Relief Pitcher | #21

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 191
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Dixie State
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 40 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo wouldn't name a closer Monday following the addition of Brandon Kintzler.
Kintzler holds a 2.98 ERA with 45 saves over the last two seasons, but he's not your typical closer since he's a pitch-to-contact guy. He could still wind up with the job, but Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson are in the running, as well. The Nationals will use the next two months to determine who will handle the ninth inning for them in the postseason. Jul 31 - 5:33 PM

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Nationals acquired RHP Brandon Kintzler from the Twins for LHP Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international spending money.

After acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Athletics earlier this month, the Nationals saved one more move for Monday's trade deadline. Kintzler isn't a strikeout pitcher (5.4 K/9) this season, but he owns a 2.99 ERA over the last two seasons and does a good job keeping the ball on the ground. He was the closer with the Twins, but it's unclear how the Nationals plan to deploy him. He's set to become a free agent this winter. Taylor Rogers or Matt Belisle could slide into ninth-inning duties with Minnesota.
Jul 31 - 4:50 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have acquired Brandon Kintzler from the Twins.

The Nationals got the deal done just before 4 p.m. ET. No word yet on the pieces going back to Minnesota. Kintzler is yet another late-inning option for Washington. The 32-year-old owns a 2.78 ERA in 45 appearances this season, though he doesn't have the typical swing-and-miss stuff you look for in a closer. It's unclear how he'll be used in Washington. As for the Twins, they could end up in a committee approach. Matt Belisle is the most experienced name in the group, but the situation figures to be fluid.
Jul 31 - 4:07 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins "have fielded a lot of calls" on Brandon Kintzler.

Kintzler is a fit for just about every contending team as a bullpen rental. The 32-year-old impending free agent has registered a 2.78 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 45 1/3 innings this season while racking up 28 saves. There's known to be serious interest from the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Rockies, and Rays.
Jul 31 - 12:05 PM

Brandon Kintzler picked up his 28th save of the season courtesy of scoreless ninth inning in Friday's win over the A's.

Kintzler had surrendered four runs in his last two appearances (1 2/3 innings), but while he did walk Bruce Maxwell to lead off the ninth inning on Friday, he did not let history repeat itself and closed out the rest of the frame without issue, helping the Twins to secure a 6-3 win. Kintzler is a name to watch as a trade candidate over the next three days. He is pitching to a 2.78 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 27/11 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings this season and has converted 28-of-32 save opportunities on the year.
Jul 29 - 2:02 AM

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Diamondbacks are among teams interested in Brandon Kintzler.

The Twins have quickly become sellers and Kintzler should be among the most coveted relievers leading up to Monday's trade deadline. Despite a low strikeout rate, the 32-year-old ranks second in the American League with 27 saves. Boston is looking for relief help with setup man Joe Kelly on the disabled list while the D'Backs may be looking for an alternative to closer Fernando Rodney, who has struggled to a 5.23 ERA this year. Left-hander Taylor Rogers would be next in line for saves in Minnesota if Kintzler gets traded.
Jul 27 - 8:18 PM

According to's Mark Feinsand, the Twins are "fielding calls" on Brandon Kintzler and Brian Dozier.

The slumping Twins have gone from buyers to sellers in the span of a week. Dozier attracted significant trade interest last offseason following his breakout 2016 campaign while the All-Star Kintzler would make sense for a bullpen-needy team like the Dodgers or Red Sox. The Twins are also said to be shopping Ervin Santana and Jaime Garcia, who Minnesota acquired from Atlanta earlier this week.
Jul 27 - 4:33 PM

Brandon Kintzler got the final four outs of the game to earn a save against the Tigers on Saturday.

He allowed a leadoff single in the ninth inning but Jose Iglesias was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Kintzler didn't strike anyone out but that is normal for him. He has just 25 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. The save was his 27th in 30 chances. His 2.11 ERA has been steadily dropping -- he hasn't surrendered an earned run since June 18th.
Jul 23 - 12:15 AM

Brandon Kintzler nailed down his 26th save of the year Monday in the Twins' defeat of the Yankees.

Kintzler retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning at Target Field to seal a 4-2 win for Minnesota. The right-hander owns an outstanding 2.18 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 41 1/3 innings this season, though he has only tallied 25 strikeouts.
Jul 17 - 11:41 PM

Brandon Kintzler worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Astros on Saturday.

He drilled Jose Altuve with a pitch with one out but was able to work around the mistake to protect a two-run lead. Kintzler doesn't strike out many batters but he keeps the ball on the ground and in the ballpark. Not all closers have to have a triple-digit fastball and a double-digit strikeout rate. He has a 2.23 ERA with 25 saves. He has struck out 24 batters and walked eight in 40 1/3 innings.
Jul 15 - 11:12 PM

Brandon Kintzler worked around a one-out single in the ninth to record his 23rd save of the season in Thursday's win over the Orioles.

Kintzler entered in the top of the ninth with the Twins holding a 6-4 lead. While he did allow a little flair single to Jonathan Schoop with one out, there would be no drama in this one, as the closer proceeded to induce weak tappers from Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo to end the game. Kintzler has pitched to a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 24/8 K/BB ratio across 38 1/3 innings this season. He is 22-for-25 in save chances. The overall numbers are good, but Kintzler has been somewhat hittable of late, having surrendered at least one knock in seven of his last 10 appearances.
Jul 6 - 11:33 PM

Brandon Kintzler earned his 22nd save of the season on Tuesday afternoon against the Angels.

Kintzler allowed the first two batters to reach in the top of the ninth inning and an unearned run scored on a throwing error by Twins shortstop Ehire Adrianza, but the Minnesota closer was able to induce a game-ending double play from Martin Maldonado to seal a 5-4 victory. Kintzler has a 2.41 ERA on the season.
Jul 4 - 5:56 PM

Brandon Kintzler allowed a double but no runs while recording a save against the Indians on Saturday.

He retired the first two batters of the ninth inning before giving up a double to Francisco Lindor. He was able to induce Jason Kipnis into lining out to end the threat and the game. It was Kintzler's 20th save in 23 chances. He has a 2.78 ERA with 21 strikeouts and seven walks in 32 1/3 innings. His grip on the closer role is rock solid.
Jun 24 - 9:41 PM

Brandon Kintzler allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to register his 19th save of the season in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

Jose Berrios probably could have come back out to try for the complete game, but Kintzler was given the opportunity to put in an inning's work and mostly succeeded with it. He entered with the Twins holding a 4-2 lead and recorded two outs before Avisal Garcia picked up a single. Garcia would stay put, though, as Kintzler induced a ground out from Matt Davidson to end the game. He is now 19-for-22 in save chances and owns a 2.87 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 21/7 K/BB ratio across 31 1/3 innings.
Jun 21 - 11:30 PM

Brandon Kintzler notched his 16th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Mariners, tossing a clean ninth inning with two strikeouts.

Kintzler blew the save with two runs allowed on Wednesday, but he proved to have a short memory in Thursday's rebound appearance. He came on in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Twins clinging to a 2-1 lead -- one which he would not even threaten to squander. Kintzler needed just 12 pitches to polish off the frame. Overall, he is 16-of-19 in save chances while pitching to a 3.08 ERA and 18/7 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings.
Jun 9 - 1:09 AM

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