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Reese McGuire
Trending: ↓ 5%
C | B/T: L/R | 6' 0" 215LBS | Age: 25

Draft: 2013 | Rd: 1, #14, Pittsburgh Pirates | Kentwood Senior (WA) HS
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2020 15 15 1 2 1 1 0 .133 .133 .333 .467
3 Seasons 153 143 20 40 8 16 1 .280 .322 .517 .840
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2020 .133 1 1 0 .467
3 Seasons .280 8 16 1 .840

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
2020 TOR AL 6 15 15 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 .133 .133 .333 .467
*: 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 3.727 .273 .061 .222 .290 .290 0
2019 TOR AL 105 51 26 0 0 .324 12 1 11 368 3.505 .171 .048 .389 .227 .227 0
2020 TOR AL 15 5 3 0 0 .100 1 0 1 51 3.400 .267 .067 .--- .200 .200 0

Scouting Report

2020

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. Both players were traded before they could reach the Major Leagues with Pittsburgh, with McGuire going to the Blue Jays at the 2016 Trade Deadline and Meadows to Tampa Bay two years later in the Chris Archer deal. After making a steady climb through the Minors, McGuire earned his first big league callup in 2018 and made the most of his opportunity, posting a .914 OPS with a pair of homers in 14 games. He produced similar numbers last season in his return to Toronto, swatting five homers with an .872 OPS in 30 games. 

McGuire’s defense has been and always will be his meal ticket. He’s an excellent blocker and receiver who long has been praised for his game-calling and feel for managing a pitching staff. His strong arm plays up because he's technically sound behind the plate with a quick release, though his accuracy can suffer when he’s too aggressive. McGuire has some natural hitting ability and shows flashes of power from the left side of the plate, with a level, line-drive-producing swing and a strong approach. He has struggled to hit fastballs in his first two big league seasons, batting .188 and .222 against them, respectively. He did, however, find more success by pulling the ball in 2019, albeit with an average exit velocity and hard-hit rate that were below league average for a second straight year.

McGuire has already demonstrated enough floor value to profile as a defensive-minded backstop in the Majors, but he will need to hit and tap into a bit more power to become an everyday player. He impressed club officials with his performance on both sides of the ball in 2019, leading some to wonder whether McGuire could overtake Danny Jansen as the Blue Jays’ primary backstop in ’20.


2019

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.


2018

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

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 at No. 14, targeting the Washington state product for his revered defensive prowess. He reached Double-A for the first time in 2016, the same year that he was dealt with Harold Ramirez and Francisco Liriano to the Blue Jays at the Trade Deadline. Sidelined with a left oblique injury for much of the first half in 2017, McGuire performed well back in Double-A after making a healthy return in July and then made up for lost time in the Dominican Winter League during the offseason.

McGuire's defense has long been his calling card, and there's little doubt that it will get him to the big leagues. An excellent blocker and receiver who garners high praise for his game-calling and his ability to handle a staff, McGuire also is adept at controlling the running game with his plus arm and efficient pop technique. At the plate, McGuire continues to show natural hitting ability with a level, line-drive producing swing and advanced feel for the zone, and he even showed an uptick in power in 2017, connecting on a career-high six home runs with Double-A New Hampshire despite playing in just 34 games.

McGuire's stock as a hitter seemingly is on the rise now that he's healthy. His glove, meanwhile, is good enough for him to carve out a role as defensive-minded backup, if not a regular in the big leagues.


2017

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

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 at No. 14, targeting the Washington state product for his revered defensive prowess. McGuire spent a full season at each Class A level before advancing to Double-A in 2016, when he was dealt with Harold Ramirez and Francisco Liriano to the Blue Jays at the Trade Deadline. Sidelined with a knee injury for much of the first half in 2017, McGuire performed well back in Double-A after making a healthy return in July before making up for lost time in the Dominican Winter League during the offseason.

McGuire's defense has long been his calling card, and there's little doubt that it will get him to the big leagues. An excellent blocker and receiver who receives high praise both for his ability to handle a staff, McGuire also is adept at controlling the running game with his plus arm and efficient pop technique. At the plate, McGuire continues to show natural hitting ability with an advanced feel for the zone, though his power has been virtually non-existent as a professional.

McGuire's offensive profile may leave much to be desired, but the glove is good enough for him to carve out a role as defensive-minded backup in the big leagues.


2016

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

One of two high school position players the Pirates took in the first round of the 2013 Draft, McGuire has established a reputation as one of the best defensive catchers in the Minor Leagues. How much his bat can catch up to his glove should ultimately determine his Major League role. After reaching Double-A for the first time at age 21 in 2016, McGuire was acquired by Toronto in a Trade Deadline deal that also sent Harold Ramirez and Francisco Liriano to the Blue Jays.

There's no question McGuire's defense will get him to the big leagues. His hands are well above average, he's an excellent receiver and feel for calling a game will certainly be a plus in the future. McGuire has a terrific arm and he's grown into a leadership role and works well with a staff. While his numbers as a hitter don't jump off the page, he swung the bat well in the Arizona Fall League, making more consistent hard contact and using the whole field, and he had held his own at the plate this season in the Eastern League prior to being traded.

McGuire's glove work might be enough to make him a defensive-minded regular at the highest level. If he can continue to refine his approach at the plate, he could be more than that.


2015

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

One of two high school hitters the Pirates took in the first round of the 2013 Draft, McGuire had a solid first full season, being named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team and showing the kind of defensive skills that made him a first-round pick in the first place.

Though he'll be just 20 for all of the 2015 season, McGuire is very advanced behind the plate. He's a natural leader who works with pitchers well and already understands many of the nuances of game-calling. He has an above-average arm and gets rid of the ball quickly, which led to him throwing out 39 percent of basestealers in 2014. The left-handed hitter makes a lot of contact at the plate, using all fields well. He should add a bit more power as he matures, and he runs well for a catcher, with that athleticism helping him behind the plate.

It often takes high school catchers longer to get through a Minor League system because they have so much to learn. McGuire is already way ahead of the curve. That, plus his outstanding makeup and work ethic, could allow him to move more quickly than most prep backstops.


2014

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 45 | Arm: 65 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

After selecting Meadows in the 2013 Draft, the Pirates nabbed McGuire five picks later at No. 14. He was a veteran of the USA Baseball program and scouts considered him to be the top catcher in the Draft class.

McGuire is the all-around package. He has a smooth left-handed swing, and he has a knack for barreling up balls. McGuire's big frame portends solid power when he matures. His defense is advanced for a teenager, his athleticism makes him a good receiver and he has an above-average arm.

McGuire earns praise for his makeup and his high baseball IQ. Those intangibles, combined with his tools, give him everything necessary to become a leader behind the plate for the Bucs.


2013

Scouting grades (present/future): Hit: 40/60 | Power: 40/50 | Run: 40/40 | Arm: 70/70 | Field: 50/60 | Overall: 40/60

The top catcher in the 2013 Draft class, McGuire was ranked No. 10 on MLB.com's Draft Top 100 at the time of the Draft. Many thought the Pirates were eyeing him for their first pick, at No. 9, so they were no doubt thrilled when he was available at No. 14. The left-handed hitting catcher is the complete package. McGuire is strong-bodied with some projection to his frame, which could lead to more power to go along with a very solid hit tool. Behind the plate, McGuire has a plus arm and a very quick exchange, leaving no doubt about his ability to stay behind the plate. He gets high marks for his all-out effort and should be a leader behind the plate for the Pirates.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 123 22 2 9.1 83.3 12.5 45.5 .269 .420 .385 .322 .420 22.7 27.3 6.1
2019 368 79 3 3.8 86.7 13.1 40.5 .258 .397 .364 .306 .342 24.1 17.1 6.7
2020 51 11 1 9.1 82.5 -15.6 9.1 .147 .242 .187 .173 .236 27.3 26.7 0.0
ALL 542 112 6 5.4 85.6 10.4 38.4 .249 .386 .351 .296 .347 24.1 20.3 5.9
MLB 41087 6.3 88.2 11.9 32.7 .252 .417 .317 .330 .390 34.7 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.