Vladimir Gutierrez is being called up from Triple-A Louisville to start on Friday for the Cincinnati Reds according to a report from Francys Romero. This has now been confirmed by the team.
The Reds will need a starter to step in on Friday to fill in the spot vacated in the rotation by Wade Miley’s absence as he’s currently on the 10-day injured list. Miley could potentially return to pitch on Sunday if he’s recovered enough, but that spot is still listed as TBA by the Reds.
As for Vladimir Gutierrez, he had a good showing in Goodyear during spring training. He didn’t allow an earned run and threw 7.0 innings of 2-hit, 2-walk, and 11-strikeout baseball. With the team looking at a healthy rotation, the Reds optioned him to the minors and he spent April with the alternate site team in Louisville.
Now that the minor league season is here he’s made three starts in Triple-A Louisville this season. He’s thrown 17.0 innings and allowed nine hits – three homers – to go along with seven walks and he’s struck out 21 of the 67 batters that he’s faced. The right-hander is going to be well rested for his start on Friday as he last pitched on May 19th against Memphis (6IP, 3H, 2ER, 3BB, 7K). In his last start he ramped up to 96 pitches (59 strikes), so he should be able to give Cincinnati a full start if asked.
In that last start against Memphis, Gutierrez was sitting 93-95 MPH with his fastball, and at times was sitting 95-96. He’s worked on his arm slot this year to try and get some more carry on his fastball. He will also mix in two different versions of a curveball – one with more 12-6 break and the other with some sweeping action, and a change up. Both offspeed offerings can be above-average pitches at times. Gutierrez will throw plenty of strikes and can show all of his offerings in the zone.