Reese McGuire
25-Year-Old CatcherC
2020 Fantasy Outlook
McGuire had an .872 OPS and 128 wRC+ in 105 plate appearances with Toronto last season and even gained the playing-time edge in September, logging 47 at-bats to Danny Jansen's 33. However, in his larger samples at the Triple-A level in 2018 and 2019, McGuire was 14% and 27% worse than league average by wRC+. He puts bat to ball with good consistency, but McGuire's walk rates have been just OK and Statcast says he overachieved in the slugging department by nearly 125 points last year. To his credit, McGuire was a plus behind the plate and nearly as valuable as Jansen by fWAR in 77 fewer games. With that, it looks like an open competition for the primary catcher role heading into spring training. It's better to use something closer to McGuire's Triple-A numbers (.239/.314/.350) as an offensive baseline rather than what he's done so far at the major-league level. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $569,400 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Goes deep in loss
CToronto Blue Jays
July 25, 2020
McGuire went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay.
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McGuire produced the only run of the game for Toronto with a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning. He looks to be in a timeshare with Danny Jansen to begin the season, though either player could seize a full-time role with a strong start to the campaign.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+61%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .592 35 3 2 4 0 .182 .229 .364
Since 2018vs Right .939 114 17 6 12 1 .318 .360 .579
2020vs Left .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right .875 8 1 1 1 0 .250 .250 .625
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+56%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+60%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home 1.063 69 11 5 9 1 .344 .391 .672
Since 2018Away .683 80 9 3 7 0 .237 .275 .408
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away .583 12 1 1 1 0 .167 .167 .417
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
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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.
  • BABIP
    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.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.125
 
ISO
.250
 
AVG
.167
 
OBP
.167
 
SLG
.417
 
OPS
.583
 
wOBA
.249
 
Exit Velocity
73.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
22.2%
 
Barrels/PA
8.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Fined for off-field incident
CToronto Blue Jays
July 7, 2020
McGuire pleaded no contest last week to a disorderly conduct charge and was fined $500 stemming from an off-field incident in February, The Canadian Press reports.
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Court date postponed
CToronto Blue Jays
May 2, 2020
McGuire's court date in Clearwater has been postponed to June 25, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
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Workload uncertain for 2020
CToronto Blue Jays
March 20, 2020
McGuire is set to begin the season in a time share with Danny Jansen behind the plate.
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Due in court after weekend arrest
CToronto Blue Jays
February 12, 2020
McGuire was arrested last weekend for the exposure of sexual organs and given notice to appear in court March 16 in Clearwater, Florida, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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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 Sportsnet.ca reports.
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