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Dragons Player in the Majors # 26: Carlos Guevara
01/10/2013 10:14 AM ET
 
Right-handed relief pitcher Carlos Guevara spent two seasons with the Dragons and later became the 26th member of the team to play in the Major Leagues.

Guevara, a native of San Antonio, Texas, was drafted by the Reds in the seventh round in 2003 out of St. Mary's University in Texas. Two years earlier, Guevara and St. Mary's had won the NCAA Division II national title, led by the school's all-time home run king, Jesse Gutierrez, who coincidentally served as the Dragons first baseman the next season in 2002. At the time Guevara was drafted, St. Mary's had produced four Major League players over its history. The list is headlined by Billy Grabarkewitz, whose two-out base hit in the bottom of the 12th inning of the 1970 Major League All-Star Game moved Pete Rose to second base. The next batter, Jim Hickman, singled to score Rose and end the game, and Rose's collision at home plate with catcher Ray Fosse became one of the most replayed highlights in all-star game history.

Guevara signed with the Reds after the 2003 draft and appeared in two games with Billings, then joined the Dragons for the remainder of the season. He appeared in 12 games, posting a 3.43 ERA and averaging a strikeout an inning. Guevara returned to the Dragons for the entire 2004 season and led the team in appearances with 44. He posted nine saves and a solid ERA of 2.86, going 3-4. Most impressively, he struck out 90 batters in 56.2 innings, an amazing ratio. Guevara's tricky screwball was too much for opposing batters.

Guevara put up another good season at Sarasota in 2005, notching 14 saves and posting a strong ERA of 2.45. He earned a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga in 2006 and returned there in '07, when he enjoyed his most productive year in the Minor Leagues. In 51 games with the Lookouts, he recorded 16 saves and a 2.32 ERA, striking out 87 batters in 62 innings.

At the end of the 2007 season, Guevara was not protected on the Reds 40-man roster and made available for the Rule V Draft, when he was selected by the Marlins, who then sold his rights to the Padres. By rule, San Diego was required to keep Guevara on the big league roster all season or offer him back to the Reds. After injuries delayed the start to Guevara's 2008 season, he made his Major League debut on June 2 against the Cubs, throwing a perfect ninth inning and striking out Cubs sluggers Derrek Lee and Kosuke Fukudome.

Six days later, Guevara earned his first big league victory, tossing a scoreless eighth inning in a Padres comeback win over the Mets. Trevor Hoffman, baseball's all-time career saves leader at the time, pitched the ninth for a save and gave Guevara what turned out to be his only career decision.

Guevara appeared in 10 games with the Padres that season, going 1-0 with a 5.84 ERA. The next spring, Guevara was released by the Padres and signed with the independent Lincoln Saltdogs. After a short time in Lincoln, the Padres reacquired his rights and assigned him to Double-A San Antonio, his hometown team. In 31 games there, he allowed just 10 earned runs, posting a 2.27 ERA. He became a free agent at season's end and signed with the Colorado Rockies, but never pitched professionally again.

Guevara's final career numbers in the Minor Leagues totaled 261 pitching appearances over seven seasons. His screwball led to 449 strikeouts in 367 innings with a 3.04 ERA. His Major League experience in 2008 allowed him to follow Jay Bruce as the 26th Dragons player in the Major Leagues.

Guevara is now an assistant baseball coach at his alma mater, St. Mary's University. His wife Katy, a former volleyball star at St. Mary's, is the daughter of the school's longtime head baseball coach and athletic director, Charlie Migl.

Click Here for Carlos Guevara's Major League Statistics.

Click Here for Carlos Guevara's Minor League Statistics.

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