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Fernando José Gutiérrez Gutiérrez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 175 lb.
Gutiérrez was signed by the Baltimore Orioles in 1997. In 1998, he hit .185/~.257/.217 in 32 games for the GCL Orioles as their main catcher. In 1999, he batted .269/~.305/.359 in 23 contests for the Bluefield Orioles. Moved to pitcher, he was 3-2 with a save and a 5.25 ERA for the GCL Orioles in 2000; in 24 innings, he struck out 28 but walked 20. In 2001, Gutiérrez was 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 22 games for the Delmarva Shorebirds. He struck out 28 in 28 2/3 IP and allowed only a .176 average but walked 21.
The Venezuelan pitched well for the Spanish champion Marlins Puerto Cruz in 2007, going 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 43 IP. As he held a Spanish passport, he qualified for the Spanish national team. He had a 0-1, 1.69 record with two saves in the 2007 European Championship for the Bronze Medalists. He allowed only one hit in 5 1/3 IP and struck out 5 but also walked 5. In the 2007 European Cup, he was smacked for 13 runs in 5 1/3 IP, allowing 15 hits for Marlins Puerto Cruz. He was 0-1 with a 18.56 ERA in the competition.
In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Fernando was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three appearances. He took the defeat in a 4-3 near-upset of the Japanese national team, allowing a run in the 9th to finalize a loss that began with a great outing by Manny Olivera.
Gutiérrez was 0-1 with a save and a 1.93 ERA as Spain's top hurler in the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. He threw 4 2/3 hitless innings, striking out seven, walking four. He took the defeat in a surprisingly close 2-1 loss to the Mexican national team.
For 2008, Gutiérrez signed with HCAW. He debuted on April 20 against Sparta/Feyenoord, striking out two of three batters for the save, working the last inning in a three-man shutout. He went 0-2 with 6 saves and a 4.29 ERA, striking out 23 in 21 innings.
Sources: Honkbalsite, 1999-2002 Baseball Almanacs, IBAF site, 2007 European Championship stats, Marco Stoovelaar's Dutch baseball site, SABR minor league database, Dutch baseball stats, Mister Baseball, Italian Baseball and Softball Federation