The Milwaukee Brewers organization has a knack for finding and developing pitchers. Their ability to recognize talent goes way back and ex journeyman reliever Brandon Kintzler is one great example of this. Recently he starred on a podcast hosted by Behind The Seams that is a must watch interview.
When did Brandon Kintzler pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers?
Brandon Kintzler was signed by the Brewers in 2009 in which prior to that he spent three seasons in independent ball. Prior to that he was a 40th round draft selection on two different occasions. The New York Yankees drafted him in 2003 and the San Diego Padres in 2004. He was released by the Padres after the 2005 season and then underwent shoulder surgery.
After being signed in 2009 Brandon Kintzler bounced in between the Major and Minor leagues for several years before breaking out with the Brew Crew in 2013. That year he appeared in 71 games, threw 77 innings, and had a 2.69 ERA. He pitched well again in 2014 (3.24 ERA), but struggled in 2015 and became a free agent upon conclusion of that season.
After his opportunity with the Brewers Brandon Kintzler went onto pitch for several other organizations. Teams that he made big league appearances for include the Minnesota Twins, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, and Philadelphia Phillies. Overall he has a 3.50 ERA over 478.1 career big league inning and has 61 saves.
Ex Milwaukee Brewers journeyman reliever Brandon Kintzler stars on a podcast.
A podcast hosted by Behind The Seams recently interviewed Brandon Kintzer. The video is 27 minutes in length and has a ton of quality information in it. It features him opening up regarding the changes he made to make it to the big leagues, his confidence, recovery after three different surgeries, being a 2017 All-Star, the “bottom feeder Marlins”, and much more.
A few unique things that Brandon Kintzler talked about was how he learned the importance of routines and ice baths with the Brewers from Hall of Fame closer Trevor Hoffman. He also shared a story about how Craig Counsell provided him with a major confidence boost and his time spent with Francisco Cordero.
The full interview can be found below.