Kintzler with the Milwaukee Brewers
|Minnesota Twins – No. 27|
August 1, 1984 |
Las Vegas, Nevada
|September 10, 2010, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2016 season)
|Earned run average||3.33|
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.
Kintzler lost his setup role to Will Smith when he went on the 15-Day DL with a right rotator cuff strain. Despite this, Kintzler retained his effectiveness, pitching in 64 games with a 3.24 ERA for the Brewers.
His 2015 season was cut short due to injury. He only appeared in 7 games the whole season.
Kintzler signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins in December 2015. Kintzler began the season in the Twins' AAA affiliate. The Twins began the season with Glen Perkins as the closer but after two appearances, he was shut down and Kintzler got the call up to be the setup man to incumbent closer Kevin Jepsen. After numerous blown saves, Jepsen was removed from the closer role and given to Kintzler. He finished the season with 17 saves in 54 games.
- Haurdicourt, Tom. "Cruz, Kintzler called up from Nashville." Archived September 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Brewers Blog. Journal Sentinel. 6 September 2010. Retrieved on 6 September 2010.