Brandon Kintzler

Age 36
  • Born 07/31/1984
  • Bats R
  • Team: Miami Marlins
2019 Statistics
W-L
-
IP
ERA
0.00
WHIP
0.00
K
K%
0.0
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2018
2019
Changeup
17.0% Thrown 87.5 MPH 26.9 CSW%
Four-Seamer
73.0% Thrown 92.6 MPH 28 CSW%
Slider
10.1% Thrown 86.6 MPH 20.9 CSW%

Kintzler nearly doubled his reliance on his 87.48 mph changeup this past season, jumping to 16.96% from 8.6% the season before. However, he still threw it just about 5 mph slower than his fastball, one of the smallest differences in the majors.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Ryan Smythe

Kintzler threw his 92.6mph fastball – primarily a sinker with a few four-seamers thrown in here and there – 72.98% of the time in 2019. While this is an incredibly high usage rate, it’s more than 10% lower than 2018 and nearly 16% lower than his career high of 88% in 2016.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Ryan Smythe

Kintzler entered the league in 2010 heavily relying on his slider – a 31.1% usage rate – and now throws it just 10.06% of the time. He also throws it a fair hit harder, up from 84 mph to 86.9 mph in 2019.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Ryan Smythe
2018
2019
Sinker
83.4% Thrown 92.6 MPH
Changeup
8.5% Thrown 87.8 MPH
Slider
8.1% Thrown 86.7 MPH

The ground-ball rate generated by Kintzler’s sinker plummeted for the fourth straight year in 2018 to a pedestrian 52.4%. This was likely due to a loss of several inches of drop compared to 2017. Those problems were compounded by a .329 BABIP against the pitch, which led to opponents accumulating a .296 average and .447 slugging percentage against it.

Though he threw it fewer than 100 times, Kintzler’s change had some good arm-side run. Opponents mustered weak contact against it, hitting just .154 with a .308 slugging percentage.

As a sinkerballer, Kintzler generally pitched to contact. But when he needed a punchout in 2018, he turned to his slider, and it didn’t let him down. It had a solid 17.5% whiff rate and allowed contact just 57.6% of the time.

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