CUTTERNATION

Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

JON SINTES

Jon Sintes is the original creator of #Cutternation As the story goes, the brand name was a gift that was given to him from his catcher his first season in the Pecos league. It stuck and has been the basis of his pitching philosophy ever since. Jon grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida learning the game mainly from his father and traveling around to different College and Pro baseball camps in Northwest Florida. Jon has played the game of baseball since he was 3 years old and pitching in High School, Junior College, and NCAA Division 2 and Pitched Professionally in Independent Professional Baseball, Mexican Minor Leagues, Mexican Minor league Winter Ball, Mexican Major Leagues, and Mexican Major League Winter Ball. In High School Jon received All State Pitching Honors for his 3 Varsity Letters at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Un-recruited, Jon walked on to Pensacola Junior College and redshirted his first year. His second year he pitched 20 innings, 21 strikeouts, with a  2.11 ERA. He then transferred to the University of West Florida (D2) in Pensacola.

 

2007: Named to the NCAA Division II All-South Central Region All-Tournament Team... Pitched a complete game while only allowing one run on five hits and six strikeouts against Delta State in the region tournament (5/19)... His 85 strikeouts were the seventh-highest single season total in team history... Started 14 games, which was tied for the third-highest single-season total... Earned his first Argonaut win after striking out 10 in the win over Stillman (2/10)... Tossed eight shutout innings while striking out seven in a 1-0 win over Quincy (2/17)... Held North Georgia hitless over 7.1 innings while striking out eight (3/9)... Limited West Georgia to two runs on two hits with nine strikeouts against West Georgia (3/31)... Held Valdosta State to one run on three hits with seven strikeouts (4/28)... Struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings in the GSC Tournament win over West Alabama (5/6)... Only allowed two home runs in 89.2 innings pitched.

 

2008: Recorded a 2-5 record with a 6.38 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched... Appeared in 14 games, making 10 starts... Held opponents to a team low .267 batting average...Tossed a season-high nine inning complete game against Auburn-Montgomery (4/15) to earn a 6-4 win... Struck out a season-high eight batters in 5.1 innings at Florida Southern (2/8)... Limited Quincy to just one hit over seven innings while striking out seven (2/23)... Earned his first win of the season against Flagler College (2/16) in six innings, four strikeout performance while allowing just two runs... Held West Georgia scoreless in two innings of relief (3/29)...

 

2009: Finished out his senior season with a record of 5-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched... Appeared in 11 games, starting nine of them... Held opponents to a .256 batting average... Pitched seven shutout innings in a 4-0 win over Florida Southern, allowing just three hits while striking out four (2/8)... Scattered five hits and struck out seven to pick up the win against Montevallo in a complete game 9-0 shutout over the Falcons (3/15)...Named GSC Pitcher of the Week (3/17), his second of his career... Struck out a season-high 10 batters in eight innings of work against West Georgia to earn the win (3/28)... Tossed eight and third innings while striking out eight to pick up the win in a 5-3 victory over GSC rival West Alabama (4/4)...

 

A massive traumatic elbow injury ended his senior year not preventing Jon from being drafted. After 6 months of attempted rehab by the doctors finally an MRI was approved and it showed an 85% avulsion fracture of the unla. Doctors proceeded with 2 surgeries in 3 years in order to recovery from the injury. 

 

Jon Pitched in the Pecos league for the White Sands Pup Fish and Sante Fe Fuego.

Jon returned to the Sante Fe Fuego for an All-Star Season and carrying the team to the playoffs.

 

Jon Played in the Liga Norte De Mexico, the minor league affiliate of the Liga Mexicana de Mexico. Jon was named an all-star of the league and started the all-star game. For multiple teams Langosteros de Rosarito, Freseros de San Quintin. 

 

Jon Pitched in minor league Winter Ball for multiple years pitching for Campesenos de Paso de Ojevas, Brujos, Chileros de Xalapa, Tobis de Acayucan, 

 

 

Jon Also Pitching in the Mexican Major Leagues, Liga Mexicana de Mexico for Olmecas de Tabasco and Generelas de Durango

 

Jon’s best season would happen when he is in the Major League Winterball Season with Los Mochis as he was named an all-star and led the league in appearances as a closer and a starter.

CASS KREITLOW

A Minnesota native, Cass spent his early childhood in Chanhassen, MN, a rapidly growing suburb of the Twin Cities. His parents, both from Hutchinson, MN, had moved to ‘Chan’ after Dave got a job in Eden Prairie shortly after they got married in ‘85. Cass played hockey, baseball, and football. Some of his earliest memories are of T-Ball, which he started at 3 years old. Hockey was bigger in MN than most other sports, so until the Kreitlows moved away from Chanhassen, to their dream home, hockey was king. 

 

In 1994, Dave and Shelly Kreitlow purchased a cabin on “Grove Lake,” which was situated amongst miles and miles of farmland. The last day of school, June 10th, 1999 (my wife’s birthday is June 10th, coincidentally) the Kreitlow family picked up their kids from St. Hubert’s Catholic School and moved to West Central Minnesota. West Central Minnesota is quite rural, and his family, consisting of his younger sister by 2.5 years, Abby, and parents Dave & Shelly, had followed their dream of living on a lake. In 1999, when they moved into their new home, away from the Twin Cities, it was June, and they planned to build a house on it before it was too cold. Hardwood floors were finished right after Christmas. We lived in the cabin until the house was finished, and tore it down later that spring of 2000. 

 

A couple notable experiences outside of baseball, Cass had growing up that shapes his perspective today: played a total of four varsity sports. Only sport he went to state in was diving. Played trumpet through college. He doesn’t practice anymore but music was a huge part of his upbringing. The benefit of going to a small school in the middle of west central Minnesota, is you can be involved in many different groups. Cass was in everything. Finally, he had a job at a really young age. He’ll tell you the story, if you ask nicely, but at 12 years old, his parent’s offered his labor up to a local bee farmer, called Braaten Apiaries. One of the owners was his wrestling coach at the time. He worked during the “extracting” season for the next 3 years. 10 hour days. $5/hr. Scraping boxes. At 15, Cass got a job at a restaurant, washing dishes for like $7/hr. He was stuck washing dishes until after 2a several times. The kitchen closed at 10p. That’ll shape a kid. Between the ages of 14-18, he also ran a small lawn care operation. And fished all the time, thus his tattoo. Wakeboarded a bunch. You get it.

 

Cass graduated from Minnewaska Area High School in 2007 and went on to pitch for Hamline University, a Division III, Liberal Arts school in St. Paul, MN. In 2011, the “Pipers” won their first conference tournament, securing a regional birth for the first time in school history. Cass threw 12 innings in his last collegiate game and walked away with a 3-2 W, for the first and only regional win for Hamline baseball. Ever. I’m writing this so I’m going to talk in the first person… one of the cool things about that moment for me, that last game, and then losing the next two games while watching from the bench, was that I actually felt perfectly at peace with my experience. I wasn’t necessarily ready to be done with baseball (obviously) but although I lacked many things as a young man, I was fortunate to have had some perspective, because I remember vividly thinking how I was the luckiest pitcher in school history to have gone out, graduated, on a higher note than any other pitcher in school history. I don’t share that with many people. Maybe not anyone to be honest with you. But that’s real, and that’s what I felt. I am so proud of what that team accomplished, and I was lucky to be a part of it, and I very much enjoyed the part that I got to take in it. The 2011 Hamline Pipers are immortal. It is something that will define each and every one of us until we rest in peace. 

TAYLOR AHEARN

Ahearn is a professional baseball player and instructor at Cutternation... Grew up playing little league at West Hills Little League, formerly known as Santee American LL... He then went on to play Pony baseball at Lakeside Pony.

 

YOUTH SUMMER BALL: Played for the San Diego Stars (2007-2010) and San Diego Gamers (2010-2013).

 

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of St. Augustine High School… Named All-Eastern League all four years… Eastern League Player of the Year his senior year… All-CIF second team… Led team to two Eastern League Championships (2011 & 2013)… Two-time San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team… School’s all-time doubles leader (45)… 2013 Saint Augustine Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year… 2013 Saint Augustine Distinguished Scholar Award recipient… Graduated with a 3.94 GPA.

In high school, Ahearn never pitched for an entire season until his senior year… He finished his senior year with a .402 batting average, 4 home runs, and 41 hits in 33 games played… As one of the team’s starting pitchers, he ended the season with 6-2 record, 51 innings pitched, a 2.06 ERA, and a 35/14 K:BB ratio.

 

COLLEGE: Walked on at Siena College as a two-way player in 2013 and played there for two seasons... In 2014, Ahearn pitched 5 innings in the MAAC Conference Championship and got the win, securing Siena College a bid to a NCAA Division I Regional… In that same regional, Ahearn was a part of Siena’s first ever NCAA regional win in school history against Dallas Baptist. 

Following his sophomore season, Ahearn transferred to Cal State San Marcos and played from 2016-2017... After never really developing as a pitcher, Ahearn had his best collegiate season as a senior... He led the CCAA conference in regular season innings pitched that year at 99IP, with a 4.08 ERA, 4 complete games (2 shutouts), a 75/20 K:BB ratio, and 1 save.

Most notably that season, Ahearn was named NCBWA West Region and CCAA Pitcher of the Week for April 3-9 after collecting two victories in the Stanislaus State series, picking up a win in relief in the series opener before throwing a complete-game shutout the next day… On his senior day that same season, Ahearn pitched 2.1 shutout innings in Game 1 if a doubleheader, then hurled a 7 inning complete game in Game 2… Ahearn graduated from CSUSM in 2017.

 

COLLEGE SUMMER BALL: Played for the Elmira Pioneers in 2014 and 2016… Selected to the 2016 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star team … Starting pitcher for the West in the 2016 PGCBL All-Star Game … Named to the 2016 All-PGCBL second team.

 

PROFESSIONAL: Drafted in the 32nd round (971st pick) of the 2017 MLB Draft… Played in the Red Sox organization from 2017-2018… In 2017, Ahearn began his career in the GCL, pitching his way to a promotion to the Lowell Spinners, the Class-A short season affiliate, where he finished that season… In 2018, Ahearn began the year in extended spring training, eventually bouncing around between Low-A and Advanced-A affiliates for the entire season… Ahearn finished the 2018 season with his best performances being in Advanded-A Salem… After being released by the Red Sox following the 2018 season, Ahearn went on to have his best professional season with the River City Rascals in the Frontier League (Independent pro)... In 2019, he started 11 games (12 games played) and finished the regular season with 74 innings pitched, a 3.04 ERA, a 72/17 K:BB ratio, a 1.000 WHIP, and a .205 opponent batting average against… Ahearn and the Rascals went on to win the 2019 Frontier League Championship, beating the Florence Freedom in the 5th game of a 5 game series, where he pitched 2 crucial innings of relief to help secure the victory. 

 

After the 2018 season, he developed an injury and decided to seek help with his mechanics and motion… After joining Cutternation in March of 2018, he was able to correct the injury over time and obtain more efficient throwing patterns/skills to maximize health and longevity... After continuing to train following his 2019 season, Ahearn was the first Cutternation athlete to break the 100mph mark (101) for run and guns… Continuing to train and coach at Cutternation, Ahearn hopes to achieve 95+ mph on his fastball and infiltrate the MLB affiliated ranks once again for a chance at the big leagues.