Gutierrez (suspension) had his contract selected by the Reds on Friday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
The move protects the 25-year-old from being poached by other teams during the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Gutierrez received an 80-game suspension for PEDs in June and had a 6.04 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 117:48 K:BB over 137 innings at Triple-A Louisville in 2019.
Gutierrez has tested positive for Stanozolol and received an 80-game suspension, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
The 24-year-old started the spring training opener for the Reds in February, but he won't be seeing game action anytime soon. Given the state of the minor-league season, Gutierrez could be sidelined for most of the 2021 season.
Gutierrez will start Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Indians, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Gutierrez spent 2019 at Triple-A Louisville but struggled with a 6.04 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 137 innings. The 24-year-old will have a tough time competing against the Reds' more established options for a spot in the starting rotation.
Gutierrez was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday.
Gutierrez wasn't expected to break camp with the team, having yet to pitch above Double-A, and his 6.75 ERA in 6.2 spring innings certainly didn't help his case. He'll likely open the year with Triple-A Louisville.
Gutierrez was invited to the Reds' big-league spring training camp Wednesday.
Gutierrez spent the entirety of last season with Double-A Pensacola, finishing with a mediocre 4.35 ERA. That performance doesn't make it likely that he'll skip Triple-A and start the season at the MLB level, but he'll get the chance to work with the big-league coaching staff this spring and could be up with the Reds later in the year should he get off to a good start at Triple-A.
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.
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.
Gutierrez, 21, has a 4.47 ERA and 89:16 K:BB in 92.2 innings for High-A Daytona.
Gutierrez has not walked a batter in three-straight outings, though he remains slightly too hittable at times. In addition, he's been plagued by the long ball recently, allowing nine home runs in his last 10 starts. It remains to be seen whether he'll end up as a starter or a reliever.
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.
Gutierrez signed with the Reds in September after defecting from Cuba in February 2015. He's pitching so well for Daytona Beach despite getting robbed in April. If he keeps going like this, Gutierrez could be in line for a promotion to Double-A before long.
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