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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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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

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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

Brandon Kintzler protected a one-run lead in the ninth inning to earn his 15th save of the season on Saturday versus the Mariners.

He surrendered a lead-off single to Robinson Cano and then watched as Miguel Sano booted a ball at third base to put the first two runners on with nobody out. Kintzler then induced a double play ball and a fly ball to left to end the threat and the game. He has one of the lowest strikeout rates in the major leagues but he gets the job done regardless. He has a 2.98 ERA with 32 strikeouts and seven walks in 51 1/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 09:58:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler allowed a hit but hung on to collect his 12th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

A.J. Pierzynski clubbed a one-out double in the ninth, but Kintzler got a groundout and a flyout to preserve the two-run victory. Kintzler hasn't allowed an earned run in six appearances so far this month.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 11:08:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler got through a 1-2-3 ninth inning to nail down his 10th save of the season in Monday's victory over the Astros.

Kintzler protected the two-run lead without a sweat, getting a couple groundouts and a strikeout. It was a surprise when the Twins elected to hold on to the reliever at the trade deadline, but he's pitched well with a 1.91 ERA and has another year of team control.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 11:12:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Brandon Kintzler is "attracting considerable interest."

Kintzler has put up a 1.99 ERA and 20/3 K/BB ratio across 31 2/3 innings for the Twins this season after being signed to a minor league deal over the winter. He could help a contender in middle relief. Kintzler is arbitration-eligible for a final time this offseason, so the team acquiring him could also have him for 2017.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 01:12:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler notched his sixth save of the season Wednesday against the Tigers.

Kintzler worked around a pair of one-out singles to comfortably preserve the Twins' 4-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning at Comerica Park. The right-hander hasn't seen many save chances on a bad Twins team, but he owns a cool 2.20 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings overall.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler earned his fourth save of the season Sunday in the Twins' 5-4 defeat of the Rangers.

Kintzler hasn't been given many opportunities to close out games, but he's pitched well when called upon. The right-hander worked around a two-out double for a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday afternoon in Minnesota. He now has a 2.28 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 16/2 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings this season.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 05:29:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler picked up his second save Sunday in the Twins' victory over the Yankees.

Kintzler was called on with two outs in the eighth and whiffed Alex Rodriguez to end that frame. He then yielded a solo homer to Brian McCann to lead off the ninth, but Minnesota had increased its lead to four moments earlier and Kintzler was able to close out the 7-4 defeat. The right-hander is the guy to own right now in the Minnesota bullpen, though he won't often get saves in bunches.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 05:24:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler earned his first save of the season on Wednesday night against the Marlins.

And manager Paul Molitor said after the game that Kintzler will share closer duties with Fernando Abad moving forward. That means no more opportunities for Kevin Jepsen and his 6.17 season ERA, at least for a while. Kintzler struck out Giancarlo Stanton in a clean ninth inning Wednesday and boasts a 2.30 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 11/1 K/BB in 15 2/3 innings for the year. He was called up from Triple-A Rochester on May 8.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 11:39:00 PM

Twins purchased the contract of RHP Brandon Kintzler from Triple-A Rochester.

Kintzler earned a promotion after posting a 3.52 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings for Rochester. He'll be used in low-leverage situations.
Sun, May 8, 2016 08:59:00 AM

Twins reassigned RHP Brandon Kintzler to minor league camp.

Kintzler, a non-roster invitee, posted a 2.70 ERA and 7/2 K/BB ratio over 10 innings of work this spring. It was a good showing, but he'll begin the year in the minors.
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 10:20:00 AM

Twins signed RHP Brandon Kintzler to a minor league contract.

No word on if the deal includes a spring training invite. Kintzler has enjoyed some success in the past with the Brewers, but he struggled between the majors and the minors in 2015 while dealing with a knee injury. He'll try to crack Minnesota's bullpen.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 10:51:00 AM

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