Kintzler’s Dream Season Continues In Arizona
Brewers RHP Brandon Kintzler has had quite a complicated career for someone who is only 26 years old. He joined the Brewers organization in 2009 after his contract was purchased from the American Association St. Paul Saints. Prior his time with the Saints, he missed the entire 2006 season following arm surgery, spent time with Winnepeg of the independent league and with the Padres organization. This year, after pitching in Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville, Kintzler was called up to the Big Leagues and made his Major League debut in September.
“This year has been a dream,” Kintzler said. “I set goals for myself and after I had surgery in 2006, I set a goal to be in the Fall League in 2007. I know it’s three years later that I am here, but it really has been a great year for me professionally. The fact that I was in the Big Leagues this year and I’m on the 40-man is great. I’m in a good position for next year and being here in the Fall League is really helping continue to develop.”
Kintzler has made seven relief appearances this fall and has a 1-0 record with a 3.60 ERA (10ip/4er), he has struck out nine and walked only two.
“It took me a little bit to get settled, but once I became settled in, I was able to get on a nice roll and everything is going well right now. (Brewers pitching coach) Rick Peterson has had me work on hand movement and took my windup away. My velocity went back up from when I was in Milwaukee which is good to see as well.”
Shortening the delivery of Kintzler and allowing him to hold runners on base was one thing the Brewers staff wanted to work on. He has a different delivery and, according to the Las Vegas native, it has helped him out.
Surprise manager Mike Guerrero said he has been pleased with what he has seen with Kintzler so far this fall.
“He has really shown improvement all season long,” said Guerrero. “Seeing his development from last Spring Training here in Arizona to know is great. He was really pitching well with us in Huntsville early in the season; he continued to improve and was ultimately rewarded with a call up to the Brewers. He throws had and with control and there is always a need for that on the Big League level. His work ethic is something that will always keep him in conversations.”
Kintzler specifically pointed to the pregame workout routine that Trevor Hoffman organized with the Brewers bullpen on a daily basis for the last two seasons as something that is helping him physically.
“The Milwaukee guys stick together when working out (here in Arizona),” Kintzler said. “We have really stuck with Trevor’s routine of running and working out on a daily basis. He really had a big impact on all of us and we really learned a lot from him.”
A routine is something that Kintzler is excited about getting into once the Fall League season is complete. After starting the season in Huntsville, then going to Nasvhille, finishing in Milwaukee and then continuing here in Arizona, Kintzler has had a whirlwind 2010.
“It’s been a grind lately,” Kintzler said. “After this, I want to get in a routine of working out but at the same time, getting a little rest. February will be here fast and I want to be as strong as possible for Spring Training to compete for a job.”
Overall the experience and work Kintzler is getting here is something he is making the most out of and truly enjoying.
“It’s a really fun team, we have a good group. “It’s kind of funny that I’m the oldest guy on the team at only 26, but everyone meshes really well. It was quiet the first day, but everyone really gets along now. We are winning and Mike (Guerrero) really keeps it loose.”
TODAY’S GAME: Surprise is home against Scottsdale today with a 2:35 p.m. (Milwaukee time) first pitch. There are four Brewers in today’s Rafters starting lineup: Logan Schafer leading off and playing centerfield, Eric Farris batting second and playing second base, Caleb Gindl batting third and playing right field and Hunter Morris batting sixth and playing third base. Also playing in today’s game for Scottsdale is Washington Nationals top prospect and the 2010 First overall draft selection, Bryce Harper. Harper is a member of the Scorpions “taxi” squad and since today is a Wednesday, he is eligible to play in today’s game.