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Pickup of the Day

PUD 6/9: Brandon Kintzler

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.


Brandon Kintzler earned his first career save on Wednesday night against the Marlins, striking out Giancarlo Stanton to finish off a scoreless ninth inning. Twins manager Paul Molitor said after the game that Kintzler and Fernando Abad will share closer duties going forward, with Kevin Jepsen and his unsightly 6.17 season ERA dropping into more of a middle relief role. Kintzler has a shiny 2.30 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 11/1 K/BB in 15 2/3 innings this season and he was pitching well at Triple-A Rochester before his May 8 promotion to the majors. The 31-year-old right-hander seems like the guy to own right now in the Minnesota bullpen. Abad is a close second on the list. Glen Perkins (shoulder) is still in the mound work stage of his rehab.

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on Twitter.