Deck McGuire

Position: RHP
Born: 06/23/89
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 20
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on April 5, 2017 (CIN). Originally drafted in the first round (#11 overall) of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft (TOR).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
9-9 with a 2.79 ERA in 28 games at Pensacola (Double-A), striking out 170 in 168 innings and walking 57 while allowing 125 hits for a .208 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Pensacola on September 12 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/12/17

Debut Details
September 12, in a 13-4 loss to the Cardinals. The last of five pitchers, he allowed one hit in one-and-two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out one. Of 15 pitches thrown, 11 were for strikes. Coming on in the bottom of the seventh in relief of right-handed reliever Ariel Hernandez with the bases loaded and one out, he got Harrison Bader to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat. In the eighth, after Randal Grichuk singled to left, he struck out Greg Garcia looking. Alex Mejia then reached on an error by McGuire but Alberto Rosario grounded into a force out at second and Magneuris Sierra flew out to center to end the threat.

Player Notes
The well-traveled McGuire needed eight seasons and five organizations to make it to the big leagues but the former first-rounder, taken out of Georgia Tech in 2010, is finally there. Moving from the Jays to the Athletics to the Dodgers to the Cardinals to the Reds, he'd gotten in some Triple-A time in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but spent all of '17 at Double-A Pensacola, where he dominated the Southern League, finishing first in strikeouts and third in ERA to earn his first big league call-up. In 2016, he'd combined between Springfield (Double-A) and Memphis (Triple-A) in the St. Louis system, with whom he'd signed as a minor league free agent, to go 7-11 with a 4.85 ERA in 27 games, striking out 119 and walking 53 in 141 innings while allowing 136 hits. The 2015 season was spent in the Dodgers system (again, signed as an MiLB free agent) where he was 9-6 with a 3.69 ERA in 30 games, 18 of them starts, between Tulsa (Double-A) and Oklahoma City (Triple-A). He'd been traded midseason in 2014 from Toronto to Oakland, after being designated for assignment by the Jays, going a combined 8-13 with a 5.10 ERA between the two organizations that summer.