Reese McGuire
24-Year-Old CatcherC
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McGuire made his big-league debut in September as a 23-year-old, going 9-for-31 with a pair of homers in 14 games. That's far too small a sample to draw any meaningful conclusions from. His much larger 96-game sample with Triple-A Buffalo saw him hit an unimpressive .233/.312/.339. McGuire projected as a backup or low-end starter as a prospect, showcasing good defense and decent contact but very little power. His small-sample slugging percentage of .581 is promising, but he'll have to show power over a much longer period to really raise his stock. It's hard to see him playing a major part in Toronto this season, with Danny Jansen, a higher-rated prospect, taking over the starter's job. McGuire will battle Luke Maile for backup duties in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Pirates in June of 2013.
On bench Sunday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 29, 2019
McGuire is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Shi Davidi of reports.
McGuire finds himself on the bench for a second consecutive game despite having an .845 OPS in 15 appearances during September. Luke Maile will start behind the plate in the season finale.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
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Since 2017vs Left .672 31 3 2 4 0 .207 .258 .414
Since 2017vs Right .944 106 16 5 11 1 .323 .368 .576
2019vs Left .685 23 1 1 3 0 .238 .304 .381
2019vs Right .924 81 13 4 8 0 .316 .358 .566
2018vs Left .625 8 2 1 1 0 .125 .125 .500
2018vs Right 1.009 25 3 1 3 1 .348 .400 .609
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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Since 2017Home 1.063 69 11 5 9 1 .344 .391 .672
Since 2017Away .700 68 8 2 6 0 .250 .294 .406
2019Home 1.070 53 9 4 7 0 .347 .396 .673
2019Away .669 51 5 1 4 0 .250 .294 .375
2018Home 1.042 16 2 1 2 1 .333 .375 .667
2018Away .794 17 3 1 2 0 .250 .294 .500
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Reese McGuire compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The 21-year-old has shown good plate discipline (66:102 BB:K ratio in career) but hasn’t shown much power (3 HR, 648 OPS). He’s hit for a decent average (.271), but it’s a defense-first philosophy that’s earned him accolades — McGuire has thrown out 34 percent of baserunners. A strong Arizona Fall League performance figures to boost his confidence at the plate. He’ll likely start the season with High-A Bradenton, shooting for a possible midseason promotion to Double-A.
A former first-round draft pick (14th overall in 2013), McGuire put up spotty offensive numbers for Low-A West Virginia last season. He batted .262/.307/.334 with three homers in 389 at-bats, showing little extra-base power. McGuire is a premier defensive handler, and Pittsburgh is focusing on his defensive skills first because, at age 20, he has plenty of time to worry about offense. He collected just one extra-base hit (a triple) versus left-handed pitching in 110 plate appearances last season, compiling a .520 OPS against southpaws. McGuire is looked upon as the team's primary catcher of the future, but he has plenty of areas to improve upon.
The Pirates selected McGuire with the 14th pick of the 2013 draft. A high school catcher with big-time defensive skills, it remains to be seen whether the California product will hit. He got off to a fine start, posting a .323/.380/.380 slash line in 192 at-bats, primarily in the Gulf Coast League. The left-handed hitter went homerless but projects average power. He stole six bases, something which could help fantasy owners down the road. McGuire, who becomes the sixth catcher selected by Pittsburgh in Round 1, has a fairly easy road to the majors and could compete with fellow first-round pick, Tony Sanchez, in a couple years.
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Not starting Wednesday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 25, 2019
McGuire will be on the bench Wednesday against the Orioles.
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Sitting Monday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 23, 2019
McGuire is not in the lineup Monday against the Orioles.
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Day off Tuesday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 17, 2019
McGuire will hit the bench Tuesday in Baltimore.
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Hits fifth home run
CToronto Blue Jays
September 11, 2019
McGuire went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and walk during a 4-3 victory against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
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Launches fourth homer
CToronto Blue Jays
August 30, 2019
McGuire went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's loss to Houston.
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