Source: Kintzler To Join Brewers As September Call Up | Disciples of Uecker

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Late Sunday evening, a source informed me that right-hander Brandon Kintzler¬†would be one of the Brewers’ minor leaguers promoted to Milwaukee now that rosters have expanded for the month of September.

Kintzler briefly enjoyed a cup of coffee with the big league club in mid-2011. He posted a 3.68 ERA in 14.2 innings. Unfortunately, his season ended abruptly, when he suffered a fractured elbow that required a screw to be placed in his elbow to aid the healing process. Troubles with his elbow lingered into 2012, sidelining him throughout spring training and for the first month of the season.

The 28-year-old has thrown the baseball well as of late for Triple-A Nashville and reportedly hit 96 MPH on the radar gun over the weekend. In his last 26 outings, he has only surrendered four earned runs, while striking out 25 batters and only walking eight. That recent success has helped him compile an impressive 1.54 ERA in Nashville.

With a massive overhaul of the bullpen surely planned for the offseason, Kintzler could have an outside chance at logging substantial innings next season. His performance this month will likely serve as an audition of sorts. If he pitches well, he will enter spring training next February firmly on the radar, possessing a legitimate shot to break camp with the Brewers.

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  1. Craig In Caledonia says: September 3, 2012

    With the bullpen being the only thing holding this team back, why didn’t we make more moves early? Surely some of our minor leaguers could have pitched better than what we got out of our major league pen?

    • Ross B says: September 3, 2012

      It comes down to the Brewers philosophy of leaving pitchers in the starting rotation until they fail. There are guys who could come be in the big league bullpen, for example Tyler Thornberg was mentioned by Keith Law as a possibility last year when the Brewers were looking to add bullpen help, but the team still thinks some of these guys can start at the big league level. And they are somewhat correct, over the long term an average starter gives as much value as a good reliever due to how much more they pitch.

  2. Nels says: September 3, 2012

    Okay, so besides kintzler what other bullpen arms do we have that look like they have potential? I’ve heard Jesus Sanchez’s name thrown around.

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