Deck McGuire Recap

I went to see Deck McGuire take on the University of Virginia yesterday, in what was probably the biggest game on the college schedule this weekend.  McGuire was going up against 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates 41st round draft pick Tyler Cannon, the senior shortstop from UVA, and sophomore southpaw Danny Hultzen. Hultzen was rated the number 29 prospect for the 2011 draft in Baseball America’s early look back in March.

McGuire actually had his worst outing of the year, going 6.2 innings, and giving up 6 runs on 6 hits, with 4 walks and 6 strikeouts.  McGuire was hurt by two homers, one of which came in the first inning against Cannon.  His control was a bit off, but overall his pitches were consistent throughout the game.

His fastball was ranging from 92-94 MPH, and remained at that level even in the seventh inning.  His slider was by far his best pitch, clearly a plus offering, with sharp late movement, and consistently in the 84-85 MPH range.  McGuire also threw a few curveballs and changeups in the mid-70s, giving him good range on his pitches.  His primary weapon was the slider, getting several swinging strikeouts on the pitch, but he didn’t have control of his fastball, and that hurt him.

This is probably the best team McGuire has played this season, so the results have to be a little telling.  I had McGuire behind Drew Pomeranz before the game, and nothing I saw would change that opinion.  McGuire has a good arsenal, and a great out pitch, but he doesn’t really seem like a dominant pitcher.  If the Pirates were picking a few spots lower in the draft, I might take him, assuming Pomeranz wasn’t still on the board.  At number two, the Pirates will probably have better options.

As for the UVA players, Cannon looked really good, especially in his appearances against McGuire.  Cannon hit a solo homer off of Deck in the first inning, and followed that up with a walk in his next appearance.  I wonder if the Pirates will try to take Cannon again this season, as Cannon is now a senior, with no chance to return to the college level.

Hultzen was impressive, ending up with 11 strikeouts in seven innings, and getting the win.  He’s a guy to keep an eye on for the 2011 draft.  Hultzen had a 1.57 ERA and a 55:8 K/BB ratio in 46 innings before going up against Georgia Tech on Friday.  He only ran in to trouble in the fourth inning, giving up a three run shot, and a solo homer, to the heart of the Georgia Tech lineup.  He’s definitely a guy who could move up the draft boards by the time the 2011 draft rolls around.

Here are a few pictures from the event.  For all of them, check out the BUCCO Fans Facebook page, and become a fan while you’re there.

Deck McGuire coming off the mound in the seventh inning after ending his night with a strikeout…

Tyler Cannon…

Danny Hultzen…

I also managed to record these videos below.  Click here for a highlight reel of the game, from

Deck McGuire vs Phil Gosselin…

Deck McGuire vs Tyler Cannon…

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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