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2023 player review: Dalton Guthrie

Guthrie had a chance to seize a bench job for the Phillies but was unable to do so.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies
Guthrie accomplished very little in the major leagues in 2023
Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

With Chanukah in full swing, this felt like an appropriate time to review the season of one of the two Jewish players who spent time on the Phillies’ roster in 2023. Unfortunately, unlike Garrett Stubbs who at least supplied good vibes and clubhouse celebrations, Dalton Guthrie didn’t supply much for the 2023 Phillies.

Guthrie was drafted by the Phillies in the sixth round of the 2017 draft. He rose through the system and made his major league debut in September 2022. He showed some strong on-base skills in that year-end cameo, and he was considered one of the favorites to win a bench spot in 2023.

The good

I tried to find something positive in Guthrie’s season but couldn’t come up with much. He scored the winning run in an extra inning victory over Arizona, but that was only because he made the final out of the previous inning and got to serve as the ghost runner.

I suppose he put up good numbers for Lehigh Valley in his time there, but it’s difficult to get very excited about a 27-year-old hitting well in AAA.

In terms of major league highlights, it’s pretty much limited to this play:

The bad

As mentioned, Guthrie had a chance to win a bench job in camp, but he was easily outpaced in the competition by Jake Cave and Kody Clemens. He eventually made it to the major league roster in May but did little while there. He appeared in 23 games, batting just .167 with one extra base hit.

By late June, the Phillies had circled back to other bench options and sent Guthrie to the Giants in exchange for the ever-popular cash considerations.

The future

Guthrie didn’t last long with the Giants as he was soon placed on waivers and claimed by the Atlanta Braves. He didn’t make it back to the major leagues and was granted free agency at the end of the season.

Guthrie will turn 28 before the 2024 season begins, so there’s a good chance his major league career is over. The best he can hope for is a minor league invite to some team’s camp.