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Cuban RHP Vladimir Guiterrez Designated For Assignment

 Matt Tallarini  |    Apr 18th, 2024 11:00am EDT

Vladimir Gutierrez #92 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch on March 31, 2024, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Brewers announced on April 17 that they designated Cuban right-handed Vladimir Gutierrez for assignment.

Gutierrez, 28, was born in La Habana, Cuba, and played with the Cincinnati Reds for two seasons from 2021-22.

Gutierrez is arbitration-eligible for the end of the season and did not pitch for the Brewers when he was with the organization.

The Brewers claimed him off waivers from the Miami Marlins on April 5 and later sent him to Triple-A Nashville on April 9.

Gutierrez played in two games, starting in one, for Nashville and posted a 13.50 ERA. He pitched 4.2 innings and allowed seven hits, seven earned runs, one home run, three walks, and two strikeouts before he was designated for assignment.

Pitching for the Marlins, Gutierrez came into Sunday’s against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the top of the sixth inning with a 6-4 lead and recorded a blown save. He pitched four innings, allowing three hits, three earned runs, two walks, and four strikeouts. He allowed a three-run home run to Pirates first baseman Rowdy Tellez, giving Pittsburgh a 7-6 lead in the top of the seventh inning.

Gutierrez went 1-1 with Miami during spring training. He made six appearances and one start, recording one save and posting a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings. He allowed 12 hits, four earned runs, two home runs, four walks, and nine strikeouts with a 1.600 WHIP.

Gutierrez began his journey to play in the MLB after leaving the 2014-15 Cuban Serie Nacional champion Vegueros de Pinar del Río at the 2015 Caribbean Series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and headed to Mexico. The MLB commissioner’s office declared him a free agent on July 7, 2015.

Last season, Gutierrez played with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds organization. He posted a 1-1 record with an 8.31 ERA in three bullpen appearances. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed three hits, four earned runs, one home run, four walks, and four strikeouts while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Gutierrez played in two games and started one game at the Arizona Complex Level in 2023 with the Reds. He pitched two innings, walking two batters and striking out three.

In his two seasons with the Reds, Gutierrez has a 10-12 record with a career ERA of 5.44. He has thrown 150.2 innings in 32 appearances and 30 starts, allowing 161 hits, 91 earned runs, 28 home runs, 70 walks, 117 strikeouts, and a 1.533 WHIP.