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Daniel Salvador Gutierrez

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Daniel Gutierrez is a minor league pitcher currently (April 19, 2010) in the Texas Rangers system.

Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 33rd round of the 2005 amateur draft, Gutierrez began his professional career the next year. He was signed by scout John Ramey. Playing for the Idaho Falls Chukars, he went 0-4 with a 6.57 ERA in 14 games (nine starts). He allowed a .359 opponent average. He split the next year between the AZL Royals (one game) and Burlington Bees (seven games), going a combined 1-2 with a 4.46 ERA in eight starts.

2008 was perhaps the best season of Gutierrez's career to date (through 2009). Pitching for the Bees, he went 4-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 19 games (18 starts), striking out 104 batters in 90 innings of work. He began 2009 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, going 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA in eight games (four starts) with them, missing most of the season with shoulder inflammation. On September 3, he was traded to the Rangers for Manuel Pina and Tim Smith. He spent one game with the Frisco RoughRiders, posting a 3.60 ERA. Overall, he went 1-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 32 1/3 innings in 2009. He was 2-0 with a 4.08 ERA for the Surprise Rafters in the 2009 Arizona Fall League.

On February 11, 2010, he was suspended 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines.

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