Reese McGuire
24-Year-Old CatcherC
Toronto Blue Jays AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McGuire made his big-league debut in September as a 23-year-old, going 9-for-31 with a pair of homers in 14 games. That's far too small a sample to draw any meaningful conclusions from. His much larger 96-game sample with Triple-A Buffalo saw him hit an unimpressive .233/.312/.339. McGuire projected as a backup or low-end starter as a prospect, showcasing good defense and decent contact but very little power. His small-sample slugging percentage of .581 is promising, but he'll have to show power over a much longer period to really raise his stock. It's hard to see him playing a major part in Toronto this season, with Danny Jansen, a higher-rated prospect, taking over the starter's job. McGuire will battle Luke Maile for backup duties in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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Finding stroke at Triple-A
CToronto Blue Jays  AAA
May 25, 2019
McGuire went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
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The homer was his first of the season. After a sluggish April at the plate, McGuire is slashing .275/.333/.412 with a 4:7 BB:K over 15 games in May. Danny Jansen remains the catcher of the future in Toronto, but he's hitting .179 so far in the majors. If McGuire continues to swing a solid stick, he could get the call later in the summer.
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Since 2017
 
 
+61%
OPS vs RHP
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+61%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .625 8 2 1 1 0 .125 .125 .500
Since 2017vs Right 1.009 25 3 1 3 1 .348 .400 .609
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .625 8 2 1 1 0 .125 .125 .500
2018vs Right 1.009 25 3 1 3 1 .348 .400 .609
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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+31%
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Since 2017Home 1.042 16 2 1 2 1 .333 .375 .667
Since 2017Away .794 17 3 1 2 0 .250 .294 .500
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 1.042 16 2 1 2 1 .333 .375 .667
2018Away .794 17 3 1 2 0 .250 .294 .500
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 21-year-old has shown good plate discipline (66:102 BB:K ratio in career) but hasn’t shown much power (3 HR, 648 OPS). He’s hit for a decent average (.271), but it’s a defense-first philosophy that’s earned him accolades — McGuire has thrown out 34 percent of baserunners. A strong Arizona Fall League performance figures to boost his confidence at the plate. He’ll likely start the season with High-A Bradenton, shooting for a possible midseason promotion to Double-A.
A former first-round draft pick (14th overall in 2013), McGuire put up spotty offensive numbers for Low-A West Virginia last season. He batted .262/.307/.334 with three homers in 389 at-bats, showing little extra-base power. McGuire is a premier defensive handler, and Pittsburgh is focusing on his defensive skills first because, at age 20, he has plenty of time to worry about offense. He collected just one extra-base hit (a triple) versus left-handed pitching in 110 plate appearances last season, compiling a .520 OPS against southpaws. McGuire is looked upon as the team's primary catcher of the future, but he has plenty of areas to improve upon.
The Pirates selected McGuire with the 14th pick of the 2013 draft. A high school catcher with big-time defensive skills, it remains to be seen whether the California product will hit. He got off to a fine start, posting a .323/.380/.380 slash line in 192 at-bats, primarily in the Gulf Coast League. The left-handed hitter went homerless but projects average power. He stole six bases, something which could help fantasy owners down the road. McGuire, who becomes the sixth catcher selected by Pittsburgh in Round 1, has a fairly easy road to the majors and could compete with fellow first-round pick, Tony Sanchez, in a couple years.
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Optioned to Triple-A
CToronto Blue Jays  AAA
March 19, 2019
McGuire was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Homers in pinch-hit appearance
CToronto Blue Jays  AAA
September 29, 2018
McGuire hit a solo home run as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Saturday's loss to the Rays.
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Drives in run, doubles vs. Yankees
CToronto Blue Jays  AAA
September 16, 2018
McGuire went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored Sunday in the win over New York.
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Called up from Buffalo
CToronto Blue Jays  AAA
September 6, 2018
McGuire was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Added to 40-man roster
CToronto Blue Jays  AAA
November 20, 2017
McGuire was added to Toronto's 40-man roster Monday.
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