By Mason McRae
Coming in at number 23 is a former first round pick from the 2013 MLB Draft, taken by the Pirates, Reese has a 30 Current grade, and a 40 future grade, equaling out to a 35.1 total grade. McGuire was acquired in one of the more underrated trades in the Atkins/Shapiro era. The Blue Jays essentially bought Reese McGuire as well as Harold Ramirez from Pittsburgh and took on the contract of Francisco Liriano – they had to “give up” Drew Hutchison, and I wouldn’t consider that much (if any) of a price tag.
Since being acquired from Pittsburgh, McGuire has gone through practically the Jays’ entire system. McGuire is currently on the Jays’ big league roster and has quietly played him himself into a potential long-term role at catcher. Danny Jansen has taken steps back this season, and with McGuire still relatively young at 24 – he is definitely in the Jays’ long term plans, whether that’s as a cheap and pretty good backup catcher, or as a platoon starter vs righties.
For Toronto this season, McGuire is slashing .255/.271/.760 in 47 AB’s, with 12 hits, 2 2B’s, 3 HR’s and 4 RBI’s. He only has 1 BB to 10 K’s, but has been extremely productive for Toronto, exceeding all expectations.