Vladimir Gutierrez
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds AA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Vladimir Gutierrez in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Reds in September of 2016.
On roll for Pensacola
PCincinnati Reds  AA
July 21, 2018
Gutierrez was superb for Double-A Pensacola on Thursday against Jacksonville, allowing one run over seven innings while striking out 10 without allowing a walk. He has won his last five starts and seven of his last eight, allowing no more than two runs in any of those outings.
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Gutierrez took a while to adjust to Double-A, as his 4.13 ERA attests, but he's now struck out 102 batters against only 26 walks in 104.2 innings.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
The Reds signed the 21-year-old Cuban righty for $4.75 million in late August, which amounts to a $9.5 million commitment from the team, as they exceeded their international bonus pool and incurred a 100 percent tax. At 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, he has a more projectable frame than some of the other top pitchers from last year's international class. Gutierrez can touch 97 mph with his fastball, but typically sits in the low-90s while also bringing a potentially plus curveball to the table. He has flashed an average changeup, and further development of that pitch will be critical for him to make it as a starter. Given his age and repertoire, he should be able to handle a full season league in 2017, likely getting assigned to the Midwest League or Florida State League. Based on the recent track record of Cuban pitchers that come stateside, it is fair to assign more bullpen risk to Gutierrez than a typical pitching prospect with his physical tools.
Gutierrez was perhaps the top pitching prospect in Cuba, winning the Serie Nacional's rookie of the year in the 2014-15 season. In August, Baseball America ranked him as the No. 12 player in Cuba. At age 19, Gutierrez could command a large contract from a MLB team, as he's a 6-foot-3 right-hander with a plus curveball and a projectable frame that should allow him to increase the velocity on his fastball (currently 88-93 mph). Gutierrez also mixes in a changeup and he projects as a starter in the big leagues long-term. However, it may be well into 2016 before he signs as he'll need to secure residency in another country and be declared a free agent in order to sign with a big league club.
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Solid control but inconsistent results at High-A
PCincinnati Reds  AA
July 26, 2017
Gutierrez, 21, has a 4.47 ERA and 89:16 K:BB in 92.2 innings for High-A Daytona.
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Strong professional start
PCincinnati Reds  AA
May 15, 2017
Gutierrez went five innings Monday night for High-A Daytona Beach, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out seven. Through 36.2 innings, he has a 3.93 ERA and a whopping 49:6 K:BB without allowing a homer.
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Sent to minor league camp
PCincinnati Reds  AA
March 4, 2017
Gutierrez was reassigned to the Reds' minor league camp Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Signs with Reds
PCincinnati Reds  AA
September 7, 2016
Gutierrez agreed to a contract with the Reds on Wednesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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February 24, 2015
Gutierrez defected from Cuba while playing for the Cuban team in the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico, Baseball America reports.
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