The 2019 season didn’t go exactly as planned for Cincinnati Reds prospect Vladimir Gutierrez. He spent the entire year in Triple-A, where nearly every pitcher saw the new baseball crush their hopes and dreams as it flew out of the ballpark at record paces for every team. In his 137.0 innings he posted a 6.04 ERA thanks in part to 26 home runs allowed.
The now 24-year-old Cuban born right-handed started is now pitching in the Dominican Winter League. On Sunday he made his second start for the Tigres del Licey. His first start was solid, allowing a leadoff solo home run to the top prospect in baseball – Wander Franco – while throwing 3.2 innings against the Gigantes del Cibao. The solid debut was followed up with 5.0 shutout innings against the Aguilas Cibaenas. He allowed just two hits and a walk in the game, and he also picked up three strikeouts. Through his two starts he’s allowed just one run in 8.2 innings (1.04 ERA).
Blake Trahan started the game for Licey at shortstop. Hitting 9th in the lineup he went 1-2 with a single. He was also hit by a pitch in the game and stole a base. Narciso Crook had a sacrifice fly in the game, accounting for a run in the Tigres 3-run 4th inning.
Back in the United States there was a Cincinnati Reds feel on the field for the Glendale Desert Dogs out in the Arizona Fall League on Sunday. Jordan Johnson got the start on the mound. The right-handed pitcher put together his third straight strong outing, giving up just one run on two hits in 5.0 innings with four strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 3.32 through five games and 19.0 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts. He’s walked seven batters, but five of those came in one start back on October 1st.
Jose Garcia started the game at shortstop, going 1-4 with a run scored. Stuart Fairchild started the game in center field and he just kept on hitting. He went 2-4 with a double and he drove in two runs. Through his seven games he’s hitting .333, and has hits in the last six games. Thanks to those two, the Desert Dogs were holding a lead in the 9th inning when the game was turned over to Dauri Moreta. The right-handed pitcher threw a perfect inning to seal the win for Glendale. That lowered his ERA to 1.80 on the season through 10.0 innings.