Jeremy Guthrie

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Jeremy Guthrie
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Guthrie with the Orioles in 2009
Kansas City Royals – No. 11
Pitcher
Born: (1979-04-08) April 8, 1979 (age 35)
Roseburg, Oregon
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 28, 2004 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 83–100
Earned run average 4.23
Strikeouts 962
Teams

Jeremy Shane Guthrie (born April 8, 1979) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. He has previously played for the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, and Colorado Rockies.

Early life and education[edit]

Guthrie was born in Roseburg, Oregon and grew up in Ashland, Oregon. As a youth, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.[1] Guthrie attended Ashland High School, where he excelled in basketball, football, baseball, as well as the classroom, where he was class valedictorian. After high school, he attended Brigham Young University before transferring to Stanford University, where he was a starting pitcher on their baseball team.

Baseball career[edit]

Stanford[edit]

2001[edit]

Guthrie was the ace of the Stanford University staff and formed a battery with Ryan Garko. He pitched in the regionals that season against MAAC champion Marist College in the first game and won 5-3. His team made it all the way to the World Series final in Omaha, but lost 12-1 in the Championship to the Miami Hurricanes.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Guthrie was the first-round selection (22nd overall) of the Cleveland Indians in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] He signed with the Indians on October 3, 2002.[3] His US $4 million contract for four years included a US $3 million signing bonus.[4]

2004[edit]

Guthrie made his major league debut in 2004 but only appeared in 6 games for the Indians.

2005[edit]

Guthrie spent the majority of the season in the minors. He appeared in the majors for just 1 game, pitching 6 innings while allowing 4 runs.

2006[edit]

Guthrie spent most of 2006 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, but was twice called up to the majors to join the Cleveland Indians as a relief pitcher. He wore jersey number 57 for both the Bisons and the Indians. After being removed from the 40-man roster following the signing of Trot Nixon and with no remaining Minor League options, he was designated for assignment on January 19, 2007.[4]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

2007[edit]

Guthrie was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on January 29, 2007.[4] Upon joining the team, he requested and was granted permission to wear uniform number 46 from then-executive vice president of baseball operations Mike Flanagan, who had worn it during his playing career with the ballclub.[5] After starting the year in the Baltimore Orioles' bullpen and then moving into the starting rotation, Guthrie enjoyed a breakout year in 2007, becoming one of the best and most consistent pitchers in the American League. Through June 21 that year, he ranked 2nd in ERA and allowing more than two earned runs in just 1 out of 10 starts. He was also first in the AL in WHIP.[6]

Through the end of July 2007, Guthrie had a 7-3 record in 17 starts to go with a sparkling 2.89 ERA and a 1.027 WHIP (second only to 2-time Cy Young award winner Johan Santana), albeit in only 124.7 innings of work. Guthrie's rise to unexpected success in the first half of the season led to consideration for the American League's Rookie of the Year Award.

2008[edit]

In August of 2008, Guthrie recorded his first career complete game, defeating the Seattle Mariners 3-1. Throughout the 2008 season, Guthrie emerged as the staff ace of the Baltimore Orioles. Guthrie finished the season with a 3.63 ERA, going 10-13 for the O's.

2009[edit]

Guthrie pitched for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Guthrie pitched on Opening Day for the Orioles against the New York Yankees before a record Opening Day crowd at Camden Yards. Guthrie pitched six innings and gave up three runs. The 2009 season wasn't Guthrie's best, as his ERA ballooned to 5.04 and he led the league in losses with 17.

2010[edit]

Guthrie rebounded in 2010, winning a career high 11 games despite losing 14 and lowering his ERA to 3.83 in 32 starts.

2011[edit]

Despite topping over 200 innings for the third straight season, Guthrie led the league in losses with 17.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

Guthrie pitching for the Rockies in 2012

2012[edit]

On February 6, 2012, Jeremy Guthrie was traded to the Rockies for pitchers Matt Lindstrom and Jason Hammel.[7]

Guthrie battled through inconsistency and a mental lapse while pitching in Coors Field, registering an ERA over 8 at home for the Rockies. In 19 games, Guthrie had an ERA of 6.35. His record was 3-9 in his short stay with Colorado.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On July 20, 2012, Guthrie was traded to the Royals for left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez. He proved to be the Royals best pitcher in the second half of the season, posting a record of 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts.[8] On November 20, Guthrie inked a 3-year, $25 million deal with the Royals through 2015. Guthrie will earn $5 million in 2013, $11 million in 2014, and $9 million in the contract's final year.[8]

2013[edit]

Guthrie logged the most innings of his career during the 2013 season with 211.2. He finished with a 15-12 record and a 4.04 ERA.

2014[edit]

During the 2014 season Guthrie posted a 4.13 ERA over 202.2 innings and finished the regular season with a record of 13-11. He also appeared in the postseason for the first time in his career. In Game 3 of the ALCS against his former team, the Baltimore Orioles, he allowed one run over five innings and got a no decision in the Royals victory.

He made 2 starts in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, going 1-1.

Personal life[edit]

At Stanford, he studied sociology; he continues to pursue his degree in the offseason. Guthrie is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and he served for two-years as missionary for the church in Spain.[9] He lives in Platte City, MO with his wife, Jenny, and they are the parents of three children.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams IV, John-John (July 17, 2010). "Celebrating 100 years of the Boy Scouts". The Baltimore Sun. p. 2. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "2002 Major League Baseball Draft, Rounds 1–10 – Pro Sports Transactions". Prosportstransactions.com. November 20, 2002. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hill, Justice B. "Indians sign top draft pick Guthrie," MLB.com, Thursday, October 3, 2002". Cleveland.indians.mlb.com. June 19, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Castrovince, Anthony. "Indians lose Guthrie to O's via waivers," MLB.com, Monday, January 29, 2007". Cleveland.indians.mlb.com. June 19, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ Schelling, Jordan (August 25, 2011). "Schelling, Jordan. "Guthrie delivers as O's win with heavy hearts," MLB.com, Thursday, August 25, 2011". Baltimore.orioles.mlb.com. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Major League Baseball News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ Rockies acquire Guthrie in trade with Orioles MLB.com
  8. ^ a b Kegel, Dick (November 20, 2012). "Guthrie happy to stay in KC, inks three-year deal". MLB.com via KC Royals team website. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Toone, Trent (April 27, 2011). "Mormons in professional baseball". Mormon Times. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ Connolly, Dan (July 20, 2010). "Notebook; Around the horn". The Baltimore Sun. p. 5 Sports. 

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