Deck McGuire Tracker

DECK MCGUIRE
SP, Georgia Tech
Age: 20
Born: June 23, 1989
Height: 6′ 6″
Weight: 235
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Class: Junior
Level: NCAA Division I

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SCOUTING REPORT
McGuire is a good alternative to top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo if the Pirates decide to go the pitching route with their first pick, especially if Bryce Harper goes off the board with the first overall pick.  McGuire throws his fastball in the 90-93 MPH range, touching 95 MPH, and compliments that with a tight slider, which sits in the mid-80s, and is rated as a plus pitch.  McGuire also throws an above average curveball and changeup to round out his arsenal.

Like Ranaudo, McGuire has a big frame, and good command of his pitches.  He also has been dominant in his college career, with 188 strikeouts in 178.1 innings coming in to the 2010 season.  If the two players appear to be on the same level by the time the draft rolls around, the Pirates might be better suited taking McGuire, as he won’t have Scott Boras representing him, and could sign well before the August 15th deadline.

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PREVIOUS DRAFT HISTORY
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2010 DRAFT RANKINGS
Baseball America: #5 Overall (2/14/2010)
Jonathan Mayo: #12 Overall (2/2/2010)
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  • duckwoes

    I am inclined to agree with you John. Not sure why the organization seems to prefer the “established in 1887″ tag line