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PCC Baseball Alum Kintzler Now Hot Prospect For Brewers
Brandon Kintzler, a pitching ace on the 2003 Pasadena City College baseball team, has become a rising prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He recently was promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Tennessee) and recorded his first save for that team on June 20.
At PCC, Kintzler was an All-South Coast Conference First Team selection, leading the Lancers pitching staff with a 5-3 record while compiling a 3.83 ERA in 106 innings. He struck out a team-high 72 batters and pitched two complete-game shutouts. In the team's season finale and his final appearance as a Lancer, Kintzler hurled a 3-hit shutout with 9 strikeouts v. Compton. The '03 Lancers finished 19-18 overall.
After the 2003 season, he was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 40th round of the rookie draft. He declined to sign and transferred from PCC to Dixie State College (Utah). In 2004, he was drafted again in the 40th round, this time by the San Diego Padres. Kintzler signed with the Padres, but was eventually released in 2006.
Kintzler would have shoulder surgery done and the 5-foot-10, right-hander found new baseball life with the Winnipeg Goldeneyes, where he was named 2007 Northern League Rookie Pitcher of the Year in the Canada-based independent league.
From there, Kintzler signed with the St. Paul Saints (Minnesota) and was good enough to be named the starting pitcher in the 2009 American Association All-Star game. The day after that game he was signed by Milwaukee.
Throwing a 94-mile-per-hour fastball, Kintzler put up phenomenal numbers as the closer for the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Alabama). In 22 innings this season, he had a sparkling 0.40 ERA and 10 saves with 23 strikeouts. Those efforts elevated him to Nashville this past week.
If Kintzler makes it to the Brewers, he would become the first Lancer to make the big leagues since Joey Eischen (PCC, 1988), a left-handed pitcher. Eischen pitched 10 seasons for five teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, before being released by the Washington Senators in 2006.
The most famous PCC alumnus to play in MLB was Jackie Robinson, a four-sport star at Pasadena Junior College from 1937-39. Robinson, of course, broke the modern day color barrier in pro baseball in 1947, playing a storied career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson eventually was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and had his No. 42 retired by all of MLB in 1997.
Kintzler (photo above by Tony Farlow) was profiled in a feature at the following link:
Release Date: 06/23/10