Cuban Vladimir Gutiérrez will debut this afternoon in the Major Leagues

The man from Pinar del Río will be the 220th Cuban to play in the best baseball in the world.

Vladimir Gutiérrez © @MLBPipeline
Vladimir Gutierrez Foto © @MLBPipeline

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This afternoon, the meeting between the Reds and Cubs at the legendary Wrigley Field will witness the major league debut of the Pinar del RíoVladimir Gutierrez, who will take charge of the visiting mound.

The right of 25 yearsHe will thus become the 220th Cuban to pass through the diamonds of the Big Show, and will team up with the infielderAndy Ibanez (Texas) as the only children from the Greater Antilles that have debuted this season. His arrival will allow the island fleet to reach 23 players in the current campaign.

Wade Miley's injury has finally opened the doors for Gutiérrez, who looked solid in spring training and was 2-0 in three starts for Louisville (AAA), with a 2.65 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 17 innings.

Last year,The native of Mantua received asanction of 80 games without salary due to the use of stanozolol, a substance banned by MLB.

Gutiérrez had left the Cuba team during theCaribbean Series of San Juan 2015, and in August 2016He agreed with the Reds for 4.75 million dollars.

With fastballs over 95 mph, Gutiérrez also exhibits good command of the curveball and slider.

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