Brandon Kintzler, Relief Pitcher, Minnesota Twins, #27
Date of Birth: 8/1/1984
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada
College: Dixie State College of Utah, Pasadena City College
Current Salary: $2,925,000
Brandon Kintzler, relief pitcher/closer for the Minnesota Twins, was first drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2004. After pitching in the Padres' minor league system for two seasons, he was released on April 1, 2006. He didn't play professional baseball in 2006, and he spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons in the independent Northern League.
Kintzler signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on July 24, 2009. He pitched in their minor league system for the remainder of the season. He spent most of the 2010 season in the minors, pitching in just 7 games with the Brewers that year.
Kintzler was on the DL for most of the 2011 season with an arm injury. He pitched 14.2 innings in 9 games with the Brewers and he had a 3.68 ERA. He spent most of the 2012 season in the minors, pitching in just 14 games with the Brewers.
In 2013, Kintzler had his first full season with the Brewers. He finished with a career low ERA of 2.69 and career highs in games played (71), innings pitched (77.0), and strikeouts (58 to 16 walks). The following season, he had a 3.24 ERA in 64 games. He spent most of the 2015 season on the DL, pitching just 7.0 innings in 7 games with the Brewers.
Kintzler became a free agent on October 5, 2015. Two months later, on December 14th, he signed a minor league contract with the Twins. He finished the 2016 season with no wins and 2 losses, 17 saves, 35 strikeouts to 8 walks, and a 3.15 ERA in 54.1 innings in 54 games.
Career pitching statistics for Kintzler through 2016 include:
- 226 games played
- 235.1 innings pitched
- 10-11 win-loss record
- 17 saves
- 169 strikeouts to 59 walks
- 3.33 ERA