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Reese McGuire

Reese McGuire

C | B/T: L/R | 6' 0" 215 | Age: 24
Draft: 2013 (Rd: 1, #14, Pittsburgh Pirates) - Kentwood Senior (WA) HS
Seattle, WA USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 105 97 14 29 5 11 0 .299 .346 .526 .872
2 Seasons 138 128 19 38 7 15 1 .297 .343 .539 .882
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .299 5 11 0 .872
2 Seasons .297 7 15 1 .882

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2018 TOR AL 14 33 31 5 9 3 0 2 4 2 9 1 0 0 .290 .333 .581 .914
2019 TOR AL 30 105 97 14 29 7 0 5 11 7 18 0 0 0 .299 .346 .526 .872
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2018 TOR AL 33 18 8 0 0 .350 5 0 3 123 3.73 .273 .061 .222 .290 .290 0
2019 TOR AL 105 51 26 0 0 .324 12 1 11 368 3.5 .171 .048 .389 .227 .227 0

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 60 | Overall: 40

The Pirates used both of their first-round picks on up-the-middle preps in 2013, selecting Austin Meadows with the ninth overall pick and then nabbing McGuire, a gifted defensive catcher out of Washington, at No. 14. Three years later, he was in his first season at the Double-A level when the Pirates packaged him with Harold Ramirez and Francisco Liriano to the Blue Jays in a Trade Deadline deal. A left oblique injury sidelined McGuire during the first half in 2017, but McGuire performed well back in Double-A after making a healthy return in July and made up for lost time that offseason playing in the Dominican Winter League. And even though he underwhelmed with his production in 2018 at Triple-A, McGuire still earned his first big league callup in September and made the most of his opportunity, hitting .290 with a pair of homers and three doubles in 14 games.

Defense will always be the driving force behind McGuire's game. He's an excellent blocker and receiver, who's been praised for his game-calling and feel for managing a pitching staff at every stop in his career. His arm strength is above-average but plays up because he's technically sound, he has a quick release and consistently delivers accurate throws. He has some natural hitting ability from the left side of the plate, with a level, line-drive-producing swing and knowledge of the zone. The majority of McGuire's hits are singles, though he can run into one here and there, and occasionally he'll go on an uncharacteristic power-hitting streak.

While it's unlikely that McGuire will ever hit enough to achieve an everyday role in the big leagues, he has the type of profile teams covet in a defensive-minded backup.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 123 22 2 9.1 83.3 12.5 .284 .435 .385 .332 .436 22.7 27.3 6.1
2019 368 79 3 3.8 86.0 13.8 .268 .402 .364 .309 .346 24.1 17.1 6.7
ALL 491 101 5 5.0 85.4 13.5 .272 .410 .369 .315 .365 23.8 19.6 6.5
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/27/2019 Toronto Blue Jays recalled C Reese McGuire from Buffalo Bisons.
03/19/2019 Toronto Blue Jays optioned C Reese McGuire to Buffalo Bisons.
09/06/2018 Toronto Blue Jays recalled C Reese McGuire from Buffalo Bisons.
03/12/2018 Toronto Blue Jays optioned C Reese McGuire to Buffalo Bisons.
11/20/2017 Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of Reese McGuire from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
10/13/2017 C Reese McGuire assigned to Aguilas Cibaenas.
08/04/2017 C Reese McGuire assigned to New Hampshire Fisher Cats from Dunedin Blue Jays.
07/31/2017 C Reese McGuire assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
07/21/2017 New Hampshire Fisher Cats sent C Reese McGuire on a rehab assignment to GCL Blue Jays.
07/08/2017 C Reese McGuire assigned to GCL Blue Jays.
05/03/2017 New Hampshire Fisher Cats placed C Reese McGuire on the 7-day disabled list.
01/19/2017 Toronto Blue Jays invited non-roster C Reese McGuire to spring training.
08/22/2016 New Hampshire Fisher Cats activated C Reese McGuire from the 7-day disabled list.
08/12/2016 New Hampshire Fisher Cats placed C Reese McGuire on the 7-day disabled list.
08/03/2016 C Reese McGuire assigned to New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
08/01/2016 Toronto Blue Jays traded RHP Drew Hutchison to Pittsburgh Pirates for LHP Francisco Liriano, RF Harold Ramirez and C Reese McGuire.
04/04/2016 C Reese McGuire assigned to Altoona Curve from Bradenton Marauders.
01/04/2016 Pittsburgh Pirates invited non-roster C Reese McGuire to spring training.
04/07/2015 C Reese McGuire assigned to Bradenton Marauders from West Virginia Power.
03/20/2015 C Reese McGuire assigned to Pittsburgh Pirates.
05/03/2014 West Virginia Power activated C Reese McGuire from the 7-day disabled list.
04/27/2014 West Virginia Power placed C Reese McGuire on the 7-day disabled list.
04/02/2014 C Reese McGuire assigned to West Virginia Power from Jamestown Jammers.
08/31/2013 C Reese McGuire assigned to Jamestown Jammers from GCL Pirates.
06/18/2013 Pittsburgh Pirates signed C Reese McGuire.
06/18/2013 Reese McGuire assigned to GCL Pirates.