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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 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. Sep 24 - 9:58 PM

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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.
Aug 16 - 11:08 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.
Aug 8 - 11:12 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.
Jul 29 - 1:12 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.
Jul 20 - 4:31 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.
Jul 3 - 5:29 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.
Jun 19 - 5:24 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.
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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Juan Centeno
3John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3James Beresford
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Robbie Grossman
CF1Eddie Rosario
2Byron Buxton
3Logan Schafer
4Danny Santana
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Miguel Sano
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Kyle Gibson
3Hector Santiago
4Jose Berrios
5Tyler Duffey
6Phil Hughes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Trevor May
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Tommy Milone
8JT Chargois
9Glen Perkins
10Ryan O'Rourke
11Pat Light
12Alex Wimmers
13Pat Dean
14Andrew Albers