Deck McGuire

William Deck McGuire (born June 23, 1989) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played college baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Year in 2009. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels, and Samsung Lions of the KBO League, and Rakuten Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

Deck McGuire
McGuire with the Memphis Redbirds in 2016
Pitcher
Born: (1989-06-23) June 23, 1989
Richmond, Virginia
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 12, 2017, for the Cincinnati Reds
KBO: March 23, 2019, for the Samsung Lions
CPBL: April 20, 2021, for the Rakuten Monkeys
Last appearance
MLB: September 29, 2018, for the Los Angeles Angels
KBO: August 1, 2019, for the Samsung Lions
CPBL: 2021, for the Rakuten Monkeys
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–3
Earned run average5.23
Strikeouts44
KBO statistics
Win–loss record4–8
Earned run average5.05
Strikeouts100
CPBL statistics
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average2.57
Strikeouts4
Teams
Career highlights and awards
KBO

Career

Amateur career

McGuire graduated from Deep Run High School outside Richmond, Virginia. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and played college baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.[1] While at Georgia Tech, McGuire was named to the 2009 All-America First Team by Collegiate Baseball, the 2009 All-America Second Team by Baseball America, the 2008 Freshman All-America First Team by Collegiate Baseball, and was the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Year.[2]

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays selected McGuire in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.[3] He signed with the Jays for a $2 million signing bonus.[4] He made his professional debut that season with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.[5] In July 2011, he was promoted to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Class AA Eastern League. McGuire was promoted from Dunedin, after posting a 7–4 record with 102 strikeouts and a 2.75 earned run average (ERA) over 19 appearances and 104+23 innings pitched.[6]

On November 20, 2013, the Blue Jays added McGuire to their 40-man roster.[7] On March 10, 2014, the Blue Jays optioned him to the Buffalo Bisons of the Class AAA International League. McGuire was designated for assignment on July 17, 2014, to make room for Brad Mills.[8] He had posted a 5.56 ERA in his first trip to Triple-A.[9]

Oakland Athletics

On July 24, 2014, the Blue Jays traded McGuire to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.[10] He was optioned to the Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). When the Athletics acquired Adam Dunn on August 31, McGuire was designated for assignment and assigned outright to Sacramento. McGuire was released from the Athletics organization before the start of the 2015 season.[11]

Los Angeles Dodgers

McGuire was subsequently signed to a minor league contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers[12] and was assigned to the Tulsa Drillers of the Class AA Texas League to start the season.[13] He pitched in 30 games (with 18 starts) between Tulsa and the Oklahoma City Dodgers of the PCL and was 9–6 with a 3.69 ERA.[14]

St. Louis Cardinals

In November 2015, McGuire signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.[15] He began the 2016 season with the Memphis Redbirds of the PCL.[16]

Cincinnati Reds

In February 2017, McGuire signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.[17] He pitched for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Class AA Southern League.[18] On September 12, 2017, the Reds promoted McGuire to the major leagues.[19] He appeared in six games for the Reds in 2017, and pitched to a 1–1 record, 2.63 ERA, and 11 strikeouts in 1323 innings.[20] On November 3 McGuire was outrighted to Triple-A.[21] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Toronto Blue Jays (second stint)

On November 16, 2017, McGuire signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Toronto Blue Jays.[22] On May 13, 2018, McGuire was brought up to the Blue Jays.[23] He was designated for assignment on June 9.

Los Angeles Angels

On June 15, 2018, McGuire was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers and immediately optioned to Triple-A.[24] Three days later, he was designated for assignment. On June 19, McGuire was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations or a player to be named later. In 17 games, he collected an ERA of 6.07 in 29+23 innings. He elected free agency on November 2, 2018.[25]

Samsung Lions

On November 29, 2018, McGuire signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Samsung Lions of the KBO League.[26] On April 21, 2019, McGuire threw a no-hitter against the Hanwha Eagles, striking out 13 batters en route to a 16–0 win.[27] McGuire was released by the Lions on August 7, 2019, following the signing of Ben Lively.

Tampa Bay Rays

On February 14, 2020, McGuire signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. McGuire was released by the Rays organization on May 28, 2020.

Rakuten Monkeys

On December 30, 2020, McGuire signed with the Rakuten Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.[28] He made his CPBL debut on April 20, 2021. McGuire was released by the Monkeys on August 30, 2021.

Gastonia Honey Hunters

On March 31, 2022, McGuire signed with the Gastonia Honey Hunters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[29] In 6 starts, McGuire posted a 5–0 record with a 1.91 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 37.2 innings.

Cincinnati Reds (second stint)

On May 25, 2022, McGuire's contract was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds organization.[30] He elected free agency on November 10, 2022.

Retirement

McGuire retired from baseball on December 16, 2022.[31]

References

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  2. "Deck McGuire Named ACC Pitcher of the Year; Five Yellow Jackets Tabbed All-ACC". Ramblinwreck.com. May 18, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
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  5. "Jays' McGuire leaving the hype behind". Torontoobserver.ca. November 3, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  6. Wild, Danny (July 27, 2011). "Jays' McGuire wins in Double-A debut | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  7. "Blue Jays protect Deck McGuire, Kenny Wilson from Rule 5 Draft | bluejays.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  8. "Jays claim Brad Mills off waivers from Oakland". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 17, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  9. Adams, Steve (July 25, 2014). "Athletics Acquire Deck McGuire". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  10. Rogers Digital Media (July 25, 2014). "Blue Jays trade McGuire to Athletics for cash". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  11. "A's Trade Triple-A RHP Matt Buschmann to Tampa Bay to Make Way for Possible Addition of Barry Zito to Nashville Rotation". YardBarker.com. April 3, 2015. Archived from the original on April 7, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
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  13. "Drillers Opening Roster Taking Shape". Drillers News. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  14. "Deck McGuire minor league & fall league statistics & history". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
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  16. Wickham, Pete (April 5, 2016). "Ever optimistic, manager Mike Shildt ready for Redbirds opener". Archive.commercialappeal.com. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
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  18. "Bill Vilona: Deck McGuire's perseverance, outlook an inspiration for the Blue Wahoos".
  19. "Reds bring up Keury Mella, Deck McGuire, activate Jesse Winker, DFA Barrett Astin". Archived from the original on September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  20. "Deck McGuire Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  21. Adams, Steve (November 3, 2017). "Reds Outright Patrick Kivlehan, Deck McGuire". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  22. "Blue Jays sign right-hander Deck McGuire to minor-league contract". Sportsnet. November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  23. "Blue Jays option Lourdes Gurriel to Buffalo, recall RHP McGuire". Sportsnet. May 13, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  24. "Rangers' Deck McGuire: Claimed by Rangers". CBSSports. June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  25. Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  26. "Samsung Lions sign ex-MLB pitcher McGuire". English.yonhapnews.co.kr. November 29, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  27. "Lions' Deck McGuire throws 14th no-hitter in KBO history". English.yonhapnews.co.kr. April 21, 2019. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  28. "Rakuten Monkeys have signed Deck McGuire and Bradin Hagens as their foreign players for the 2021 CPBL season". December 30, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  29. @GoHoneyHunters (March 31, 2022). "🚨Player Announcement🚨 @deckmcguire is joining the squad!" (Tweet). Retrieved April 2, 2022 via Twitter.
  30. @GoHoneyHunters (May 25, 2022). "Huge congratulations are in order for Deck McGuire who's [sic] contract was purchased by @Reds today! Deck has led the league in wins and strikeouts so far this season and we can't wait to see where his career leads! Thank you @deckmcguire! #TheGasHouse #HoneyHuntersCountry #reds" (Tweet). Retrieved May 26, 2022 via Twitter.
  31. "Deck McGuire retires from baseball". Twitter.
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