It’s been a tough season in 2019 for Vladimir Gutierrez. While many pitchers in Triple-A are struggling this season with the home run ball, and Gutierrez is no different, his peripherals have also taken a big step backwards in 2019, too. But on Thursday night the Reds pitching prospect put together what may have been his best overall game of his entire career.

It wasn’t hit best pitching performance ever, but it was quite a good one. Vladimir Gutierrez struck out 10 batters, walked two, allowed two hits, and just one run came across the plate against him in 6.0 innings for the Louisville Bats on Thursday. That was easily is best strikeout total of the season – he had struck out seven in two other starts.

What made the game the best one of his career, though, was the pitching performance combined with what he did at the plate. He went 2-2 with both hits driving in a run. The first hit was also the first home run of the season, and career, for Vladimir Gutierrez. And he didn’t miss it, either.

His next hit in the game wasn’t nearly as impressive as the home run. Gutierrez hit a chopper to third, but it’s high bounce just made it over a leaping, drawn-in third baseman and brought in a second RBI for the pitcher on the day. Not bad, Vlad. Not bad.

Randy Wynne dominates in relief for Greeneville

Last night saw Randy Wynne come out of the bullpen for Greeneville early, taking over with just one out in the second inning. He was being asked to help out the bullpen and perhaps take one for the team if needed, to keep the bullpen fresh. He took one for the team, alright, by completing the game from that point forward and by not allowing a run in the process. The right-hander tossed 7.2 shutout innings, walked no one, and he struck out four batters in the game. Not walking anyone has been the story of the season for Wynne. He’s pitched at three levels this season since signing out of the Frontier League for the Reds. His time has resulted in 43.2 innings pitched and a grand total of ONE walk. He’s also struck out 32 batters along the way.

Andres Falcon continues his turnaround in Arizona

The start of the year for Andres Falcon didn’t exactly go as well as he would have hoped. After spending his first professional season in the Dominican Summer League, the Reds brought the 6′ 3″ right-hander to the United States and placed him in the Arizona League Reds bullpen. His first three appearances resulted in a nightmare-like line: 6.0 innings, 8 hits, 9 walks, 12 earned runs, and 7 strikeouts. Opponents had a .308/.514/.615 line against him in that span. It wasn’t what anyone wanted to see.

But the 21-year-old buckled down and he finished out June with 3.0 shutout innings against the White Sox. And he hasn’t looked back since. After last night’s 4.0 shutout inning performance, dating back to his 4th game on June 28th, he’s posted a 1.26 ERA in 35.2 innings. The righty has given up just 15 hits, no home runs, and 10 walks in that stretch. And he’s also struck out 28 of the 130 batters that he’s faced along the way.

4 Responses

  1. The Duke

    A 21 year old in the AZL means he likely never even sees AAA, let alone the big leagues. Have to admit that Andres Falcon is pretty badass as far as names go though.

    • Oldtimer

      His defense and base running remain elite. A possible pickup by a contender for 25th spot on roster. Too bad the Reds didn’t have a Big Klu type hitting coach to make him a better hitter like he did with Concepcion and Geronimo in 1970s.

      • Earmbrister

        Apparently KC didn’t have a Big Klu type hitting coach either. Perhaps it’s not the coaching. It’s a shame cause he’s a fun player to watch.