Reese McGuire

Born: 03/02/1995 (Age: 24)
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 181
Primary Position: C
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd. (#14 overall), 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PIT); Acquired in trade for RHP D. Hutchison 8/1/16 (TOR)
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: December 9th, 2015
Dates Seen: Spring Training, 4/25/15, 8/25/15, 11/3/15
Level: High A
Affiliate: Glendale Desert Dogs
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Swing Mechanics
Quiet, neutral lower half, slight load with hands
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2017 50 55 Role 50: Everyday catcher Low
Tool Present Future Comments
Hit 40 50 Short swing path, direct to the ball; up-the-middle, line drive-oriented approach; simple, fundamentally sound swing; plus bat control and feel for barrel make up for only average bat speed; plus contact skills, rarely swings and misses, short, conservative swing and approach tailored to skill set.
Short swing path, direct to the ball; up-the-middle, line drive-oriented approach; simple, fundamentally sound swing; plus bat control and feel for barrel make up for only average bat speed; plus contact skills, rarely swings and misses, short, conservative swing and approach tailored to skill set.
Raw Power 30 30 Well below-average present power; does not drive the ball, ball does not jump off of bat; in BP, only has over-fence power to pull side, does not play consistently in games; not likely to be an impact hitter.
Well below-average present power; does not drive the ball, ball does not jump off of bat; in BP, only has over-fence power to pull side, does not play consistently in games; not likely to be an impact hitter.
Run 30 20 Not fast, thin body that will continue to fill out; does not have quick twitch muscles; very intelligent base runner, picks up pitcher tendencies and steals bases with remarkable effectiveness despite low-scale speed; stolen bases won't translate at higher levels but shows propensity for baseball knowledge and intelligent aggressiveness on base paths..
Not fast, thin body that will continue to fill out; does not have quick twitch muscles; very intelligent base runner, picks up pitcher tendencies and steals bases with remarkable effectiveness despite low-scale speed; stolen bases won't translate at higher levels but shows propensity for baseball knowledge and intelligent aggressiveness on base paths..
Field 55 60 Defense is carrying tool, has everything you'd want from a catcher; quiet receiver; moves well laterally blocking; corrals ball well in the dirt; quiet body movements behind plate.
Defense is carrying tool, has everything you'd want from a catcher; quiet receiver; moves well laterally blocking; corrals ball well in the dirt; quiet body movements behind plate.
Throw 60 70 Plus arm strength made more effective with clean footwork and mechanics; got 1.8 pop time in-game multiple times, consistently sub-2.0;
Plus arm strength made more effective with clean footwork and mechanics; got 1.8 pop time in-game multiple times, consistently sub-2.0;
Overall Summary
Defense is the most important part of developing a catcher, and McGuire is already good enough defensively to play in the big leagues, with only consistency and experience left for him to become an elite defender. That alone gives him as high of a floor as almost any minor leaguer in the game. What's left to develop is his offensive game, and its ceiling is not nearly as high. McGuire does offer plus contact skills and barrel control which results in few swings and misses, low strikeout totals and frequent balls in play, which will make him a significant double play threat. His bat speed is just average, however, and he does not drive the ball with authority with any consistency. There's little room left for positive growth on his frame, so it's unlikely that he'll develop significantly more power, but his hit tool and patience at the plate should allow for average, on-base oriented production behind the plate. That, coupled with his plus defense and arm should put him in the upper-half of everyday catchers in the league.