Born: November 22, 1994
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st round, 14th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Kentwood HS, Covington, WA
Agent: Matt Sosnick


McGuire was the most highly regarded catcher in the 2013 draft and the Pirates selected him with the 14th pick after scouting him heavily. Baseball America rated him before the draft as the tenth best prospect.  The Pirates were widely expected to take him with the 9th pick, but they took Austin Meadows there when he fell to them.  McGuire’s strength is defense.  He’s considered above average in all areas, including receiving, pitch-calling and throwing.  He also runs well for a catcher.  Scouts like his swing and bat speed as well, and believe he has the potential to be an average or better hitter with average power.  Not all observers agree, though, that his bat will play in the pros.  He was a San Diego recruit but wasn’t considered an especially difficult sign.  As it turned out, McGuire signed less than two weeks after the draft, and that delay was only due to the need to wait until after his graduation.  The bonus was a reported $2,369,000, which was $200,000 less than the slot amount.  He’ll be the primary catcher in the GCL.  High school catchers taken early do not have a good track record, Jason Kendall notwithstanding, so this is a risky pick for the Pirates.

R:  330/388/392, 176 AB, 11 2B, 15 BB, 18 K, 5-6 SB
A-:  250/294/250, 16 AB, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 SB

McGuire had a good debut.  At the plate, he made consistent hard contact, controlled the strike zone, and showed some doubles power.  He tends to hit the ball to left-center, so he’ll probably have to learn to turn on pitches to develop HR power.  He hit RHPs and LHPs about the same.  McGuire’s catching drew outstanding reviews from scouts and he threw out 44% of base stealers, plus two of five after a late-season promotion to Jamestown.  After the season, Baseball America named McGuire the third best prospect in the GCL.

A:  262/307/334, 389 AB, 11 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 24 BB, 44 K, 7-9 SB

McGuire was the starting catcher at West Virginia.  The Pirates cleared the way for him by moving Jin-De Jhang to Bradenton and Wyatt Mathisen to third base.  McGuire didn’t hit a great deal, but that didn’t seem to affect the scouting views of him at all.  He drew raves for his receiving, throwing (he threw out 39% of base stealers and was always a threat to pick runners off first), and game calling.  At the plate, the main issue was a lack of power, as he consistently made contact.  His hitting doesn’t seem to create a lot of worries because he was playing a tough position, at which hitting skills tend to develop more slowly, in full season ball at age 19.  He struggled with LHPs, posting just a .520 OPS against them.

McGuire will be the regular catcher at Bradenton in 2015.  It’s unlikely the Pirates will rush him.

Baseball Reference–Minors

2013 .436 .559 .833 78 13 3 4 23 2
2015: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus: $2,369,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 6, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round, 14th overall pick; signed on June 18.