Dalton Guthrie selected in the 6th round of the MLB Draft

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Florida Gators shortstop Dalton Guthrie with the 173rd overall pick in the sixth round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Guthrie, who was named to the All-SEC Defensive team this season, dazzled with the leather at shortstop after taking over for Richie Martin two seasons ago. He’s also the third highest middle infielder drafted under Kevin O’Sullivan behind Martin (20th overall – Oakland) and Nolan Fontana (61st – Houston) and the seventh middle infielder drafted during O’Sullivan’s tenure.

The Minnesota Twins selected Guthrie in the 40th round of the 2014 draft before he decided to enroll at Florida. The Sarasota native has a .289 career batting average. He is hitting .272 this season but continued to play an incredible shortstop despite dealing with a nagging elbow injury that forced him to miss some time this year.

Guthrie is the second Florida Gators drafted this season after Alex Faedo was selected by the Detroit Tigers 18th overall in the first round. As the 173rd pick Guthrie is slotted to earn a $266,800 dollar signing bonus.

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC