Jeremy Guthrie

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Jeremy Guthrie
Jeremy Guthrie on May 25, 2015.jpg
Guthrie with the Kansas City Royals
Free agent
Born: (1979-04-08) April 8, 1979 (age 36)
Roseburg, Oregon
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 28, 2004, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 91-108
Earned run average 4.37
Strikeouts 1,046
WHIP 1.34
Career highlights and awards

Jeremy Shane Guthrie (born April 8, 1979) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals.

Early life and education[edit]

Guthrie was born in Roseburg, Oregon[1] and grew up in Ashland, Oregon. As a youth, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.[2] 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]



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.[3] He signed with the Indians on October 3, 2002.[4] His four-year, $4 million contract included a $3 million signing bonus.[5]


Guthrie made his major league debut in 2004, appearing in 6 games for the Indians.


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.


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.[5]

Guthrie during his tenure with the Baltimore Orioles in 2011

Baltimore Orioles[edit]


Guthrie was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on January 29, 2007.[5] 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.[6] 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 allowed more than two earned runs in just 1 out of 10 starts.[7] He was also first in the AL in WHIP.

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 two-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.


In August 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.


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.


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


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 Colorado Rockies in 2012


On February 6, 2012, Jeremy Guthrie was traded to the Rockies for pitchers Matt Lindstrom and Jason Hammel.[8]

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.[9] 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.[9]


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.


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 two starts in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, going 1-1.


On May 25, Guthrie had the worst start of his career, and one of the worst starts in MLB history against the New York Yankees. Guthrie gave up 9 hits, 11 earned runs, 3 walks. 13 of the 16 batters he faced reached base, and he recorded just 3 outs before being pulled. Guthrie was the first pitcher since Jae Kuk Ryu in 2006 to give up 4 home runs and pitch fewer than 2 innings. On August 22, the Royals demoted Guthrie to the bullpen to make room in the rotation for Kris Medlen. As of August 22, Guthrie is 8-7 with an ERA of 5.65. He has walked 39 batters and struck out just 66 in 129 innings pitched.

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 a missionary for the church in Spain.[10][11] He lives in Parkville, Missouri with his wife, Jenny, and they are the parents of three children.[11][12]


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  2. ^ Williams IV, John-John (July 17, 2010). "Celebrating 100 years of the Boy Scouts". The Baltimore Sun. p. 2. Archived from the original on January 6, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ "2002 Major League Baseball Draft, Rounds 1–10 – Pro Sports Transactions". November 20, 2002. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Indians finally sign top draft pick, Stanford pitcher Guthrie". ESPN. October 3, 2002. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Castrovince, Anthony (January 29, 2007). "Indians lose Guthrie to O's via waivers". Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Schelling, Jordan (August 25, 2011). "Guthrie delivers as O's win with heavy hearts"., excerpt via Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Fordin, Spencer (June 21, 2007). "Quick start, Guthrie snap nine-game skid". Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Gilbert, Steve (February 6, 2012). "Rox acquire Guthrie in trade with Orioles". Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Kaegel, Dick (November 20, 2012). "Guthrie happy to stay in KC, inks three-year deal". via KC Royals team website. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ Toone, Trent (April 27, 2011). "Mormons in professional baseball". Deseret News (Mormon Times). Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Martin, Ross (November 4, 2014). "Royals’ Guthrie speaks at Platte City LDS church days after World Series loss". The Platte County Citizen. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ Connolly, Dan (July 20, 2010). "Notebook; Around the horn". The Baltimore Sun. p. 5 Sports. 

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