Jeremy Guthrie was a Indians First Round, 22nd overall, from the 2002 MLB Draft.
I have always been a big fan. I was deployed when I got the bottom autograph–he signed my index card and sendt an Akron Aeros signed ticket stub. That deployment was particularly rough–it was during the opening days of the 2004 Iraqi invasion–so we were staying really busy and working long hours (two things that, at that point in my Air Force career, I was not used to…). In my downtime I would write to players, so generally the only part of the day I really enjoyed was checking the mailbox to see if anyone sent anything back. Being a big Indians fan, getting Guthrie back was about the best thing I could have asked for.
I have really enjoyed watching his career. After leaving the Tribe Guthrie blossomed into one of the more consistent starters in the league. He has had four seasons off 100+ ERA+. He was fantastic in 2012 with the Royals, going 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA and only 84 hits allowed in 91 IP. This season he has been good too, winning 13 games with a 1.397 WHIP.
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Trevor Crowe was originally drafted by the Indians in the First Round, 14th overall, in the 2005 MLB Draft.
I was excited to see him in person in 2012, when he was rehabbing with the Akron Aeros. That is where I got the above autograph. I was hoping that he would get put back on the Tribe 40 man roster, but he would end up joining the Angels AAA club.
This season he signed with the Astros, and made the club out of spring training. He would get sent down to AAA, but hit really well with Oklahoma City: .364 OBP, .304 AVG with 3 HR and 22 walks to 34 K’s.
He rejoined the Astros and has been HOT since then: through 6 games he is hitting .407 AVG with a .926 OPS.
It would be great to see him put a nice hot streak together before the season ends, and begin next season on the Houston radar for an OF spot.
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