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Jeremy Guthrie, rhp
Stanford


A sophomore-eligible transfer from Brigham Young, Guthrie returned from a two-year Mormon mission and established himself as Stanford's ace early when he handed Southern California's Mark Prior his only loss of the season with a six-hit shutout. A month later, he matched Prior pitch for pitch, going the distance again only to lose a 2-1 decision. He didn't pick up a baseball while on his mission and that inactivity, as well as his 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame, may account for his late-season drop in velocity from 90-94 mph to the high 80s. As his effectiveness faded, questions came up about his durability. Guthrie demonstrates sound control, but most of what he delivers is hard with a short, quick arm action and comes in on a straight, flat plane. Because of his religious beliefs, he hasn't pitched on Sundays for the Cardinal.

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