Franklin Gutierrez used the Winter as a time to get more baseball in. Considering he missed much of the 2012 season with injuries, that was probably a good idea. Considering how well he played, it was probably a great idea. The Seattle Mariners could use a rejuvenated Gutierrez heading into next season.
According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Gutierrez hit .349 in the Venezuelan Winter League with 13 runs, six doubles, and 19 RBI. He played 22 games with the Leones del Caracas. The showing in Venezuela has the Mariners excited for Gutierrez's potential in 2013 says Johns.
Gutierrez played in just 40 games for the Mariners in 2012. In that time, he hit just .260/.309/.420. Gutierrez has spent the last four seasons in Seattle, and last year was the fewest games he had ever played for them. He had never played fewer than 92 games in a season aside from his rookie campaign. In his career, Gutierrez is a .256/.308/.384 hitter.
In 2012, Gutierrez suffered a slew of injuries. He battled through heel problems, a concussion, and a strained groin throughout the season. Through it all, he was only able to appear in less than a third of the team's games. The Mariners hope his Winter Ball showing will mean good things for 2013.
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