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Juan Gutiérrez (baseball)

Juan Gutiérrez
Gutiérrez with the Arizona Diamondbacks
San Francisco Giants
Born: (1983-07-14) July 14, 1983 (age 32)
Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 19, 2007 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 7–17
Earned run average 4.49
Strikeouts 241
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Juan Carlos Gutiérrez (born July 14, 1983) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization.

Baseball career

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.

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] 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. 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] 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.


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