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Brandon Kintzler | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 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. Jun 19 - 5:24 PM

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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.
Jun 8 - 11:39 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.
May 8 - 8:59 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.
Mar 29 - 10:20 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

Brewers sent RHP Brandon Kintzler outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Left knee tendinitis sidelined Kintzler for much of the season. He was activated from the disabled list on August 12. He's been largely ineffective in limited action with the Brewers, allowing six runs on 12 hits in seven appearances.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 07:30:00 PM

Brewers activated RHP Brandon Kintzler from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Kintzler hasn't pitched since the end of May due to left knee tendinitis. He'll continue to work his way back and could be a call-up when September rolls around.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 09:37:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with the Brewers' rookie league affiliate.

Kintzler has been on the disabled list since the end of May with left knee tendinitis. He might only need a handful of appearances before rejoining the Brewers.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 11:14:00 AM

Brewers placed RHP Brandon Kintzler on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis.

It had been reported that he would be designated for assignment to make room for Jean Segura to rejoin the roster, but it appears they have skirted the roster issue for the time being. Look for him to return at some point in mid-to-late June.
Fri, May 29, 2015 07:22:00 PM

Brewers designated RHP Brandon Kintzler for assignment.

It's the second time in the last month that he's been designated for assignment. Kintzler has allowed six runs -- five earned -- over seven relief innings in the majors this season.
Fri, May 29, 2015 02:24:00 PM

Brewers recalled RHP Brandon Kintzler from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 6.35 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 5/1 K/BB ratio over 5 2/3 innings at Triple-A this season. He'll add an extra arm in middle relief for the Brewers.
Thu, May 7, 2015 07:28:00 PM

Brewers sent RHP Brandon Kintzler outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Kintzler was designated for assignment by the Brewers earlier this week to clear a 40-man roster spot for infielder Elian Herrera. The 30-year-old right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed and will remain in the Brewers organization as relief depth.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 01:35:00 PM

Brewers designated RHP Brandon Kintzler for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Elian Herrera on the 40-man roster. Kintzler, 30, was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs after failing to make the Opening Day roster out of spring training. He owns a 3.26 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in the majors and might draw some interest on waivers.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 01:10:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list with a nail avulsion of his right middle finger.

That basically means that he tore the nail off, which can obviously cause great discomfort for a pitcher. Kintzler should be back in the Colorado Springs bullpen in a couple of weeks and the right-hander is likely to make it up to Milwaukee at some point in 2015.
Sat, Apr 11, 2015 05:13:00 PM

Brewers optioned RHP Brandon Kintzler to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Kintzler holds a 2.93 ERA over 135 relief appearances the last two seasons with the Brewers. He's struggled this spring (6.48 ERA), though, and the Brewers have decided to go in another direction. Chris Perez should now have a good chance to make the team.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 02:37:00 PM

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SS1Eduardo Nunez
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CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
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Relief Pitcher
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4Kevin Jepsen
5Trevor May
6Ryan Pressly
7Michael Tonkin
8Buddy Boshers
9Taylor Rogers
10Zack Jones
11Neil Ramirez