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Brandon Kintzler | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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Brandon Kintzler worked around a hit and a walk to record his 11th save in Thursday night's win over the Rockies.
Kintzler got into a bit of a jam but did what he does well, getting Ian Desmond to ground into a double play to end the game. The 32-year-old isn't flashy but he's been effective thus far, securing 11 of 12 save chances among 17 appearances. Kintzler owns a 2.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 18 innings overall. May 18 - 10:15 PM

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Brandon Kintzler allowed a base hit in the ninth inning but held his opponents off the board as he earned a save against the Indians on Saturday.

Kintzler was considered one of the more vulnerable closers as the season began but has been one of the most reliable in the campaign's first six weeks. He has 10 saves and has blown only one chance. He doesn't strike out many batters but keeps the ball in the ballpark. He has a 2.12 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 17 innings.
May 13 - 8:37 PM

Brandon Kintzler slammed the door on the Indians in the ninth inning on Friday, retiring all three hitters he faced in order to protect a one-run advantage.

Kintzler earned his ninth save for his efforts. He has done a tremendous job in the closer's gig thus far, compiling a 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9/5 K/BB ratio across 16 innings. He doesn't generate the strikeout numbers that most fantasy owners covet from a closer, but his job security is very high at the moment.
May 12 - 9:49 PM

Brandon Kintzler got five outs to secure his eighth save Thursday against the White Sox.

Kintzler faced just five hitters, striking out three, in the efficient outing. He's now got eight saves in nine chances, putting up a 2.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. It's not sexy, but Kintzler's eight saves are fourth-most in the American League for a Twins teams that's one of the season's early surprises.
May 12 - 12:35 AM

Brandon Kintzler blew his first save of the season Friday against the Red Sox after giving up two runs on three hits in the ninth inning.

Asked to hold a 3-1 lead, Kintzler gave up a leadoff single to Mitch Moreland before Josh Rutledge followed with an infield single. Jackie Bradley, Jr. moved both runners into scoring position after grounding out and Chris Young brought them home with a single to left field. Kintzler bounced back by retiring the next two batters and actually got the win after Joe Mauer hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Kintzler has a 2.70 ERA through 13 appearances this season, but he’s going to run into trouble at times since he pitches to contact.
May 6 - 12:31 AM

Brandon Kintzler allowed a run but earned his seventh save on Sunday against the Royals.

Kintzler gave up a solo homer to Whit Merrifield with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but ultimately helped the Twins secure a 7-5 victory. It was the first run off the Minnesota closer in 2017. He is 7-for-7 in save opportunities.
Apr 30 - 6:46 PM

Brandon Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save Monday versus the Rangers.

Kintzler issued a two-out walk to Joey Gallo but induced a groundout from Jonathan Lucroy to seal the 3-2 victory. Minnesota's closer has opened the season with 9 1/3 scoreless frames.
Apr 24 - 11:57 PM

Brandon Kintzler slammed the door on the Tigers on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a three-run lead.

Kintzler picked up his fourth save of the season in his fourth opportunity. He allowed a leadoff single to Mikie Mahtook, but nothing came of it. The right-hander continues to build his job security and has yet to allow a run in 7 1/3 innings on the season.
Apr 21 - 11:24 PM

Brandon Kintzler earned his third save of the season in the Twins' defeat of the White Sox on Sunday.

Kintzler entered a jam in the eighth inning and hit the first batter he faced with the bases loaded to drive in Chicago's first run of the game. He then issued a leadoff walk to Melky Cabrera in the top of the ninth, but the 32-year-old right-hander retired the next three batters to seal the 4-1 victory.
Apr 9 - 6:40 PM

Brandon Kintzler worked around some trouble to pitch a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the White Sox for his second save of the season.

Kintzler struck out the first two batters he faced before walking Avisail Garcia and Geovany Soto. However, he got Jacob May to ground out to escape the threat. The Twins are now 4-0 for the first time since 1987. If this year's team continues to follow a similar path, that would be quite the story.
Apr 7 - 11:58 PM

Brandon Kintzler notched a save with a perfect ninth in a 1-0 game Tuesday against the Rays.

After a slow start to his spring, Kintzler has turned in scoreless innings in five of his six appearances this month. He'll open up as the Twins' closer, and while that's probably not his ideal role, there's absolutely no one breathing down his next for the job.
Mar 28 - 4:18 PM

In his third try, Brandon Kintzler turned in his first scoreless inning of the spring Thursday against the Orioles.

Kintzler gave up single runs his first two times out. The Twins made no attempt to upgrade at closer in the offseason, so Kintzler figures to have the role initially. A healthy Glen Perkins, if any such creature exists, could be a threat to him later. Trevor May is another potential closer option, but not if he's in the rotation.
Mar 2 - 5:18 PM

Twins general manager Thad Levine said on Fantasy Sports Radio on Tuesday that Brandon Kintzler will be "given every opportunity to start the year in the closer's role."

It's not surprising, as Glen Perkins is making his way back from labrum surgery and could begin the year on the disabled list. Kintzler served as the closer for the bulk of the 2016 season and posted a 3.15 ERA, 17 saves, and a 35/8 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings. Perkins could regain the role if he proves his health and effectiveness, but Kintzler is the pitcher to own in this bullpen for now.
Feb 21 - 10:28 AM

Brandon Kintzler plans to potentially throw more offspeed pitches in 2017.

The spring training cliches are pouring in early this year. As Rhett Bollinger of notes, only three pitchers threw their fastball more often than Kintzler in 2016. It didn't stop him from posting a 3.15 ERA in 54 appearances while saving 17 games. However, Kintzler isn't satisfied and cites his health as a reason why he plans to experiment with his repertoire. "Last year was my first year ever healthy in the Major Leagues," said Kintzler. "I've had some success but I never felt like I showed what I could do. And I could never practice much in the offseason, even offspeed. But now that I have that chance with a normal offseason, I feel like I have weapons instead of just my fastball." Kintzler will be the fallback for the closer role to start 2017 if Glen Perkins encounters setbacks from labrum surgery.
Jan 18 - 12:46 PM

Twins and RHP Brandon Kintzler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.925 million contract.

Kintzler receives a nice bump in salary after he went from a minor league contract to surprise closer with the Twins last season, putting up a 3.15 ERA with 17 saves. He'll hit free agency next offseason.
Jan 13 - 12:56 PM

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