Danny Gutierrez (minors01)

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Note: This page discusses 2000s and 2010s pitcher Daniel Gutierrez. For the Venezuelan national team player Danny Gutierrez, click here.

Daniel Salvador Gutierrez

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Biographical information[edit]

Danny Gutierrez began his professional career in 2006. He last played in 2018.

Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 33rd round of the 2005 amateur draft, Gutierrez began his professional career the next year. He was signed by scout John Ramey. Playing for the Idaho Falls Chukars, he went 0-4 with a 6.57 ERA in 14 games (nine starts). He allowed a .359 opponent average. He split the next year between the AZL Royals (one game) and Burlington Bees (seven games), going a combined 1-2 with a 4.46 ERA in eight starts.

2008 was perhaps the best season of Gutierrez's career. Pitching for the Bees, he went 4-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 19 games (18 starts), striking out 104 batters in 90 innings of work. He began 2009 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, going 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA in eight games (four starts) with them, missing most of the season with shoulder inflammation. On September 3, he was traded to the Rangers for Manuel Pina and Tim Smith. He spent one game with the Frisco RoughRiders, posting a 3.60 ERA. Overall, he went 1-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 32 1/3 innings in 2009. He was 2-0 with a 4.08 ERA for the Surprise Rafters in the 2009 Arizona Fall League.

On February 11, 2010, he was suspended 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. He returned from his suspension to go 3-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) between the Hickory Crawdads, Bakersfield Blaze and Frisco RoughRiders. After not playing in 2011, he joined the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association in 2012, going 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in four starts. He pitched for the AA's Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in 2013, going 0-3 with a 4.26 ERA in 17 games (five starts) and in 2014, he went 3-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 22 games (16 start) between Fargo-Moorhead and the Grand Prairie AirHogs. He was 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA in nine starts for the Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican League in 2015 and also played for the Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Pacific Winter League that year. In 2016, he was with the Leones de Yucatan and Vaqueros Laguna, going 6-5 with a 3.61 ERA in 22 starts. He played for three teams in 2017 -- two in the Mexican League and an independent club (the Wichita Wingnuts). He was 5-5 with a 5.96 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) in the LMB; for Wichita, he was 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts. His career ended up a sour note: In 3 starts for the Generales de Durango of the Mexican League in 2018, he went 0-3 with a 72.00 ERA. In 2 innings of work total, he allowed 17 runs on 11 hits and 7 walks. On the bright side, just one of those hits was a home run.