Dalton Guthrie takes his first MLB at-bat (September 6, 2022)

By Scott Barancik, editor

Dalton Guthrie, a Philadelphia Phillies rookie who considered joining Team Israel for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, is the latest Major Leaguer to be identified as Jewish.

The lanky 27-year-old is a talented and versatile fielder. Chosen out of the University of Florida in the 6th round of the 2017 amateur draft, Guthrie went on to log 70 or more games at each of four separate positions in the minors, including shortstop, second base, centerfield, and third base.

Guthrie has stood out at every level. In 2014, he was one of just nine players nationwide named to the Rawlings High School Gold Glove Team. At the 2017 NCAA College World Series, he led national champion University of Florida with a .286 batting average. In 2022, he topped his Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) teammates by swiping 21 bases.

But Guthrie — son of former MLB pitcher Mark Guthrie — saved the best for last. Called up in September 2022 to bolster the playoff-bound Phillies, he hit .333 (7-for-21) with a HR, 5 RBIs, stolen base, and a .500 on-base percentage during the final weeks of the regular season. Guthrie even made it to the playoffs. In Game 3 of the 2022 N.L. Division Series against Atlanta, he came in as a pinch runner and stayed on to play right field in the 8th and 9th innings.

Guthrie strongly considered joining Phillies teammate Garrett Stubbs on Team Israel for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, a quadrennial competition that takes place in March. But that would have meant missing a big chunk of Spring Training, so Guthrie — who hopes to make Philadelphia’s opening-day roster — made the difficult choice to skip the WBC.

Please join us in welcoming Dalton. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram, and click here to see his career statistics.

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