Jeremy Guthrie Signs Major League Contract With Cleveland Indians
Oct. 3, 2002
Cleveland, Ohio - Former Stanford Baseball player and two-time collegiate All-American Jeremy Guthrie has signed a four-year Major League contract with the Cleveland Indians and been placed on the team's 40-man roster. The deal includes an option for 2007. Guthrie became the 13th Stanford player in the last 16 years to be selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft when the Indians chose him with the 22nd pick overall last June.
'This is an exciting time for myself and my family,' said Guthrie. 'I had a great two years at Stanford, learned a lot from the coaching staff and my fellow players, and am looking forward to this new opportunity.'
'Jeremy was one of, if not the best, pitcher in college baseball over the last two years,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'He'll be a tremendous professional pitcher because he has the ability to throw three or four pitches for strikes. I'm happy for him because he's earned it and worked hard.'
Guthrie was the 2002 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and one of five finalists for the 2002 Golden Spikes Award given annually to college baseball's top player. He compiled a 13-2 record with a 2.51 ERA in his junior season, striking out 136 batters and giving up just 138 hits in a single-season school record 157.1 innings. The 136 strikeouts tied for sixth on Stanford's single-season list. Guthrie tossed six complete games with one shutout.
Guthrie won seven consecutive starts late in the 2002 season before suffering the loss when the Cardinal was eliminated by eventual national champion Texas in a College World Series bracket final. Guthrie's memorable 2002 outings included a 13-inning complete game in a 3-2 NCAA Regional opening victory over Cal State Fullerton, a career-high 13 strikeouts in a complete game 11-0 win at UCLA and a complete game victory in a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame in the CWS opener. Guthrie pitched at least 6.0 innings in all 20 of his 2002 starts.
Guthrie posted a 26-6 career record with a 2.65 ERA in two seasons at Stanford (2001-02), recording 264 strikeouts in 291.2 innings pitched. He finished his career ranked tied for eighth on Stanford's all-time win list, the only two-year pitcher to be ranked among the school's career top 10. His two 13-win seasons rank tied for seventh on Stanford's top 10 single season victory list, and he is also the only Stanford pitcher to ever have two seasons rank on that list.
Guthrie twice earned National Player of the Week honors in his collegiate career and was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times.
Guthrie had previously been selected in the third round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 and the 15th round by the New York Mets in 1997.
Seven members of the 2002 Stanford Baseball team that became the fourth consecutive Cardinal club to reach the College World Series have joined the professional baseball ranks. Jason Cooper (Cleveland Indians), Scott Dragicevich (Toronto Blue Jays), Chris O'Riordan (Texas Rangers), Darin Naatjes (Philadelphia Phillies) Dan Rich (Cleveland Indians) and Andy Topham (Houston Astros) all played minor league baseball in the summer of 2002.
A complete listing of current and former Stanford Baseball players (graduated or drafted from Stanford only) who played organized baseball in the summer of 2002 along with links to their 2002 season statistics be accessed here.