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LEAGUE NEWS: Kinzler and Just Take Home Rookie Honors

09/11/2007 12:51 PM -

The Northern League announced Fargo-Moorhead second baseman Mike Just was named Northern League Rookie of the Year as voted on by the league’s managers, radio announcers, and local media.

Just, who was acquired from the River City Rascals (Frontier League) by Fargo-Moorhead on May 15th, finished the season as the top fielding second baseman (.990) and was seventh in the league in batting (.336). Playing 91 games at second, he committed only five errors while batting a team-high .336 for the RedHawks. He also led the team in doubles (24) and stolen bases (20).

The 5-11, 180-pounder, still qualified as a rookie per Northern League rules in 2007: a player with less than one year of professional service, however, Independent Leagues (excluding Atlantic League) first two years of service equal one National Association year.

The 23-year-old, right-handed hitter now has a career .327 batting average after batting .317 in 52 games in the Frontier League in 2006. Just, a native of Woodcliff, NJ, played four seasons at Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA).

Mike Just - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
AVG  G    AB   R    H  2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SLG  OBP
.336  94 330 56 111 24  4     4   55  44  37  20   3   .470 .420

The Northern League announced Winnipeg Goldeyes pitcher Brandon Kintzler was selected as the Rookie Pitcher of the Year as voted on by the league’s managers, radio announcers, and local media.

Kintzler, who was twice drafted as an amateur, finished the 2007 season sixth in the Northern League in ERA (4.07). Signed by the Goldeyes as a free agent on March 27th, Kintzler started the season pitching out of the bullpen before moving into the starting rotation on July 21st. Going 5-2 with a 4.07 ERA in the regular season, Kintzler was the game one and game five starter in the playoffs for Winnipeg.

The 6-1, 180-pounder, had never pitched 30 innings in a full season league prior to 2007 when he logged 77.1 innings for the Goldeyes. Having never started a game in his career prior to ’07, he went 3-2 with a 3.78 ERA in eight starts.

Kintzler, a 23-year-old right-hander, was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2003 draft. After not signing with the Yankees, he was drafted and signed by the San Diego Padres in 2004. He played three seasons in the Padres organization before joining the Goldeyes in ’07.

Brandon Kintzler - Winnipeg Goldeyes OPP.
W-L S ERA G GS IP H R ER BB SO AVG
5-2 1 4.07 29 8 77.1 78 43 35 13 41 .258