Our team in this article at Jays Journal has ranked the top rated 30 Blue Jay prospective buyers of 2019, and these days we have a appear at #24, Reese McGuire.
Reese McGuire, acquired together with Francisco Liriano in 2016, was an additional just one of the prospective buyers that benefited from the Blue Jays dismal season previous calendar year, as he acquired some beneficial main league encounter over 14 video games in September.
Placement: Catcher Age: 23
Peak: 5-foot-11 Bodyweight: 215-lbs .
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Acquired: 1st spherical choose in 2013 (Pittsburgh), traded to Toronto in 2016
McGuire was an additional just one of the success tales in his massive league stint, together with fellow catcher Danny Jansen, and confirmed he’s not just a just one dimensional player. The remaining-handed catcher appeared really relaxed across 31 at-bats with the Jays, receiving a hit in five of his 6 total video games powering the dish, and received on foundation in all 6. He batted .290 with two doubles, two dwelling runs and a wRC+ of 146. Definitely it’s not sustainable and he didn’t demonstrate that type of production at the dish with the Bisons, but it was definitely a optimistic from a catcher generally regarded for his defence.
His catching mate in Buffalo this previous season, Jansen, will definitely engage in a massive part in figuring out where by McGuire’s long run is with this crew. Jansen is the 3rd-ranked prospect in the firm powering Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, and is the fifth best catching prospect in all of baseball, in accordance to MLB Pipeline.
As stated just before, McGuire’s price arrives much more from his defensive activity and regardless of possessing some success with the Jays, he experienced a slash line of .233/.312/.339 over 96 video games in Triple-A. He struck out in about 21 for every cent of his at-bats in the minors this season and over 27 for every cent in the majors, but it’s never ever been an problem during his professional job and MLB Pipeline still values his hitting at 50.
Flashed some additional-foundation with two doubles and two homers in September with the Blue Jays, but he very likely will never ever be regarded as a power hitter. With his hitting generating advancements while, a little much more pop has arrive from the 5-foot-11, 215-pound catcher. His power will get a 35 but this device is not very as essential at this placement when compared to others.
Velocity is definitely not just one of McGuire’s strengths regardless of stealing 14 bases in 2015 with Solitary-A Bradenton, and three much more this season with the Bisons. His insignificant league stolen foundation percentage is below 50 for every cent, although the main league normal this season was over 60 for every cent. Stolen bases are declining and are unusual at the catching placement in any case, with only two massive league catchers stealing much more than 10 bases in a season due to the fact 2010, Yadier Molina and J.T. Realmuto.
As stated a handful of moments in this piece, there is some resources that never matter as significantly to catchers but if there is just one that matters the most, it’s this just one. Thankfully for McGuire it’s his forte and MLB Pipeline raved previous season about how total his activity was defensively. His report went on to say this…“An fantastic blocker and receiver who garners superior praise for his activity-calling and his potential to tackle a team, McGuire also is adept at managing the running activity with his moreover arm and economical pop approach.”
Long run Worth
McGuire’s defence ought to surely web him a possibility to turn out to be a starting off catcher at some position during his job, but the dilemma is no matter if it’ll be in Toronto. He definitely sits powering Jansen in the depth chart, but Luke Maile quietly set alongside one another a stable campaign with the Jays previous calendar year and will very likely go away McGuire as the odd male out, starting the season in Triple-A Buffalo. This will let him a possibility to begin on a regular basis and develop a little much more. While it looks like there could be a log jam of main league caliber catchers in the Jays method over the following calendar year or so, none of the three have at any time held a starting off gig at the amount so if McGuire could definitely take his activity to an additional amount, who’s to say he doesn’t just one day find himself in the number just one part?