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Jose Carlos Guevara

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Carlos Guevara pitched in the majors in 2008.

Guevara was on the St. Mary's team that won the 2001 NCAA Division II College World Series. He was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th round of the 2003 amateur draft. Guevara was signed by scout Jim Gonzales and made his pro debut with the Billings Mustangs (1-0, 0.82) and was promoted to the Dayton Dragons, where he was 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. In 2004, Carlos was 3-4 with 9 saves and a 2.86 ERA for Dayton, striking out an incredible 90 in 56 2/3 innings. He was second in the affiliated minors in strikeouts per 9 innings, trailing Jairo Garcia.

The Texan right-hander spent 2005 with the Sarasota Reds, going 4-3 with a 2.45 ERA and .203 opponent batting average. He whiffed 65 and walking 14 in 51 1/3 innings. He saved 14 games. In 2006, Guevara was 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA with 89 K in 77 1.3 innings for the Chattanooga Lookouts. He saved one game.

Guevara went 1-2 with 16 saves and a 2.32 ERA in 51 games in 2007; he struck out 87 in 62 IP. He again was second in the affiliated minors in K/9 rate, this time trailing Chris Booker. He was taken by the Florida Marlins in the 2007 Rule V Draft then was quickly flipped to the San Diego Padres for cash considerations. He was one of three Rule V players on San Diego's roster in 2008: Callix Crabbe began the season with the team, a second player was returned and Guevara was on the disabled list due to hamstring and groin injuries.

Guevara was activated from the DL after a couple of months when Shawn Estes got hurt. He made his debut coming out of the bullpen in the 9th inning on June 2nd, replacing Mike Adams with a 7-3 deficit against the Chicago Cubs. He struck out Derrek Lee on three pitches, got Aramis Ramirez to pop out then whiffed Aramis Ramirez for a fine major league debut. For the season, he went 1-0 with a 5.84 ERA in 10 games, with 9 walks, 13 hits and 11 strikeouts in 12 1/3 IP. The win was due to a perfect inning against the New York Mets on June 8th. He also pitched 16 games that year for the Portland Beavers (0-3, 2 Sv, 6.50). He ended his career in 2009 with appearances for Portland (0 R in 1 IP), the San Antonio Missions (2.27 ERA in 31 G, no decisions or saves) and the Lincoln Saltdogs (0-1, 6 Sv, 4.22 in 11 G). He had gone 11-17 with 48 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 261 minor league games (5 starts). In 367 innings in the minors, he allowed 317 hits and 136 walks and struck out 449.

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