Kintzler with the Milwaukee Brewers
August 1, 1984 |
Las Vegas, Nevada
|September 10, 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.29|
San Diego Padres
Kintzler was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the 2004 amateur entry draft. In 2004, he played for their Rookie Arizona League Padres and Class A (Short Season) Eugene Emeralds. In addition to playing for those teams again in 2005, he also pitched for the Class A Fort Wayne Wizards.
After sitting out the 2006 season, he returned to play for the independent Northern League's Winnipeg Goldeyes in 2007 and 2008. He began the 2009 season with the independent American Association's St. Paul Saints.
During the 2009 season, he was signed to a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and assigned to the Double-A Huntsville Stars. Kintzler started the 2010 season with Huntsville, but was promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds that June. After the conclusion of the 2010 Pacific Coast League season on September 6, Kintzler was promoted to Milwaukee. He made his major league debut on September 10.
During the 2011 season, Kintzler had an ERA of 4.25 over 14.2 innings before injuring his pitching arm.
On June 28, 2012, Kintzler was designated for assignment by the Brewers, removing him from the 40-man roster.
In 2013, Kintzler had a breakout season, establishing himself as a setup man to Brewers closer Jim Henderson. His sinking fastball and sinker allowed him to get ground balls when he needed to. He finished the season with a 2.69 ERA.
Kintzler lost his setup role to Will Smith when he went on the 15-Day DL with a right rotator cuff strain. As of July 28, his ERA is 3.44.
- Haurdicourt, Tom. "Cruz, Kintzler called up from Nashville." Brewers Blog. Journal Sentinel. 6 September 2010. Retrieved on 6 September 2010.