Juan Gutiérrez (baseball)

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Juan Gutiérrez
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Gutiérrez with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Pitcher
Born: (1983-07-14) July 14, 1983 (age 35)
Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 19, 2007, for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2014, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record7–17
Earned run average4.49
Strikeouts241
Teams

Juan Carlos Gutiérrez Acosta (born July 14, 1983) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and San Francisco Giants.

Career[edit]

Houston Astros[edit]

Gutiérrez was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Astros on December 14, 2000. He played for Venezuelan Summer League in 2001 and 2002 before playing for their Rookie League teams in 2003 and 2004.

Gutiérrez has been a starter in the minor leagues. In the 2006 AA Texas League, Gutiérrez helped lead the Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston) to their lone Texas League championship. On August 17, 2007, he was recalled by the Houston Astros when Stephen Randolph was placed on the disabled list. On August 23, Gutierrez made his major league starting debut against the Washington Nationals, filling in for injured starting pitcher Roy Oswalt. He was sent back down to Round Rock on August 25 to make room for left-handed pitcher Troy Patton.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On December 14, 2007, Gutierrez was traded in a three-player deal which included pitcher Chad Qualls, infielder Chris Burke to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for José Valverde.

He had a stint as the Diamondbacks closer in 2009 after Qualls was injured. He had 10 saves and was 8-for-8 after replacing Qualls.

Gutiérrez pitched in 20 games for the Diamondbacks in 2011 before he underwent Tommy John surgery in September.[1]

Gutiérrez was released on October 13, 2011.[2]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On December 13, he signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.

After posting a 10.45 ERA in 20 2/3 innings—19 appearances/4 starts—across three levels of the Royals' Minor League system in 2012, Gutierrez re-signed with the Royals on a minor league deal for 2013 on Oct. 18, 2012.

On July 14, Gutiérrez was designated for assignment to make room for Wade Davis, who was reinstated from the paternity leave list.[3] In 25 appearances, he went 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA, striking out 17 in 29.1 innings.

Los Angeles Angels[edit]

On July 24, Gutiérrez was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[4] He was designated for assignment on November 27, 2013. On December 2, 2013, Gutierrez was non-tendered by the Angels, making him a free agent.[5]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

He signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants on January 6, 2014. On March 29, 2014, he was added to the Giants roster.[6] He was designated for assignment on November 20, 2014. On December 22, 2014, the Giants signed him to a minor league contract.

On June 1st, 2015, Gutiérrez opted out of his minor league deal with the Giants.[7]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On June 8, Gutiérrez signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.[8]

Washington Nationals[edit]

He then signed with the Washington Nationals on August 11. He elected free agency on November 6, 2015.[9]

On June 28, 2016, Gutierrez was Released by the Nationals Triple-A Affiliate.

Tigres de Quintana Roo[edit]

On July 17, 2016, Gutierrez signed with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League.

Saraperos de Saltillo[edit]

On May 2, 2017, Gutierrez signed with the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on May 22, 2017.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ J.C. Gutierrez looking like another Tommy John surgery comeback success
  2. ^ Polishuk, Mark (13 October 2011). "Diamondbacks Release Juan Gutierrez". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  3. ^ Dutton, Bob (July 14, 2013). "KC designates J.C. Gutierrez for assignment". Kansas City Star.
  4. ^ Shaikin, Bill (July 24, 2013). "Angels add reliever J.C. Gutierrez to bullpen inventory". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Twitter / MLBRosterMoves: The @Angels do not tender contracts to Tommy Hanson, Jerome Williams, Chris Nelson or Juan Gutierrez.
  6. ^ Gutierrez earns spot in Giant bullpen
  7. ^ http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/06/juan-gutierrez-opts-out-of-contract-with-giants.html
  8. ^ http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/06/phillies-sign-juan-gutierrez-to-minor-league-deal.html
  9. ^ "International League Transactions". milb.com. p. November 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015.

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