The Pirates took Reese McGuire with the ninth pick.
The Pirates took Reese McGuire with the 14th overall pick.

With the 14th pick in the 2013 MLB draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected prep catcher Reese McGuire. All of the final mock drafts that came out today had McGuire going to the Pirates with the 9th pick, but the Pirates opted to go with Austin Meadows. Earlier this week I talked with Jim Callis of Baseball America on the Pirates Prospects Podcast about McGuire. Callis noted that he would be the best catching prospect in the system, and has the potential to be an All-Star catcher in the majors.

The big concern with prep catchers is whether they can stick behind the plate. McGuire has the tools to stick behind the plate in the long-term, with above average receiving and blocking skills, and a plus arm. He also calls his own games.

The question about McGuire is whether he can hit. There is no real consensus on that subject. Keith Law was down on his future as a hitter, while Callis noted that he does have the potential to hit in the majors. The Pirates must be on the side that feels McGuire has what it takes to hit in the majors. Baseball America said that he shows the tools to be an above-average pure hitter with average power. He’s also left-handed, so he should benefit from playing in PNC Park.

More on McGuire:

  • Rated as the 5th best position player and 12th best overall in the draft by Baseball America.
  • Rated as the second-best defensive player among high school players.
  • Hit .436 with 13 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 20 RBI this year as a senior at Kentwood High School in Covington, Washington.
  • 2013 Rawlings First-Team pre-season All-American
  • Named the 2012-13 Gatorade Washington Baseball Player of the Year. Was the first Gatorade Washington Baseball Player of the Year chosen from Kentwood.
  • Led his high school team to a 21-5 record and the Class 4A semifinals in 2013.
  • Won USA Baseball’s Dick Case Award in 2013.
  • Played on the USA 18U team that won the gold medal at the IBAF 18U World Championship in 2012 in South Korea. Hit .400 with four doubles, 11 RBI, .522 OBP and .514 slugging percentage in the tournament while leading the team in batting average, OBP, slugging percentage, hits RBI and walks.
  • In 2012 he was a First-Team All-State selection. He was also ranked the No. 7 player in the nation by Perfect Game USA and MaxPreps.com.
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21 COMMENTS

  1. I like pitching and you can never have enough. I like that we got a top 5 pick and the catcher that wasn’t supposed to last until 14 but if I’m the GM I snag Shipley too.

  2. Also, Manaea for that matter…he was pretty high on the boards up until the injuries/loss of pitch speed.

  3. rburgh i see your reasoning but i say you draft the best player available and if its a pitcher so be it. Most mock drafts had Shipley going no later than 6th

    • Well, actually I think most teams regard the early rounds as a chance to draft the most upside available. And that would be a HS hitter that will stick at a premium position rather than a college SP.

      Mock drafts are often based on “consensus.” McGuire is a guy that scouts are divided on; some scouts think he won’t hit, others that he will. So his placement in the mock drafts is too high for the 1st group, and too low for the 2nd. Apparently the Bucs are in the 2nd group.

      We really don’t know – if Shipley becomes Matt Harvey, then the pick was dumb. If McGuire becomes Joe Mauer, then the pick was brilliant. Check with me in 2018.

  4. Out of meadows and Frazier who has more upside between the two Ga. Outfielders? I saw the Indians picked up Frazier earlier.

    • Gotta define upside. Who hits more ML HR’s? – Frazier by a mile. Who is the better bet to stick in CF? – I think Frazier here, also, although Tribe apparently thinking of trying him at 3B. Who is going to get more hits in the ML? – I think Meadows, hands down.

      But there’s no point in worrying about this comparison – Bucs had no shot at Frazier. Better to worry about upside of Meadows vs. Dominic Smith, Phil Ervin, J.P. Crawford, etc. That’s how your draft is eventually evaluated.

      • This., no complaints at all. It sounds like he may also have a chance at lead off with the bat even if he doesn’t pick up in the power dept.

  5. I knew I would be happy no matter what. Like that we got Meadows with the 9th pick. Mcguire is a good value pick at 14. I would not expect either player to sign quickly. I do wonder how we are going to handle all the catchers in the lower levels in the coming years.

    • Multiple reasons to take McGuire over Shipley. Their names are Cole, Taillon, Glasnow, Heredia, Kingham, Sadler, and Joely Rodriguez. Also there are piles of college SP still available, one or more good ones will be available at their next pick.

  6. Love the picks hopefully they both sign and quick would love to get mercado in the 2nd or one of the NCAA pitchers

  7. I was hoping for Peterson. He reminds me of Gyorko, just a flat out stick. But I’m effn pumped for these picks. Atta boy Neil

  8. I can’t believe they passed on JP Crawford at #14, but I will admit that McGuire is higher rated…. maybe there’s a decent short stop we can take in the second or third round….. *sigh*

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