Cincinnati Reds have yet another prospect in Deck McGuire

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The Cincinnati Reds tried starting pitcher number sixteen twice down the stretch.

The Cincinnati Reds started seven pitchers in 2017 that had never started a game before that at the MLB level.  The seventh first time starter was also the sixteenth different starter to start on the mound for the Reds.  That pitcher was Deck McGuire.

The Toronto Blue Jays drafted McGuire out of Georgia Tech in the first round all the way back in 2010.  This is the fifth organization for McGuire.  He left the Blue Jays in the middle of the 2014 season.

McGuire finished the 2014 season in Oakland’s organization before spending a year in each the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization and that of the Saint Louis Cardinals.  In each of the past three season McGuire spent some or all of his time in Triple-A.  This season he spent the entire season in Double-A prior to his call-up.

McGuire started 27 games and made one relief appearance for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 2017.  He pitched 168 innings going 9-9.  McGuire also stuck out 170 and walked 57.

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He had a fairly impressive WHIP of 1.08.  This was due in a large part to his .208 batting average against.  He also only allowed 13 home runs in the minors in 2017.

Deck McGuire was nearly as impressive once he started playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

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McGuire made four relief appearances following a September first call-up.  Over 5 2/3 innings McGuire didn’t allow a single run or walk.  He also struck out four, while just allowing two hits.

In his first MLB start McGuire lost his first MLB decision.  He went three innings, allowing six runns, four earned.  He also allowed the first home run of his MLB career.

McGuire struck out five, but he also walked two.  He also surrendered six hits.  McGuire had control issues as only 44 of his 83 pitches were strikes.

His second start went much better.  McGuire pitched five innings without allowing a run.  He struck out two without walking anyone.  He only allowed two hits while throwing 46 strikes in just 66 pitches.

On the season in Cincinnati McGuire threw 210 pitches and 132 strikes.  That may be enough to keep him in play for a spot on next year’s roster.  His high strikeout total in Double-A also bodes well for this future.

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The Reds are looking to their young pitchers to carry them into playoff contention in 2018.  They had seven pitchers make their first MLB starts in 2017.  McGuire looks ready to contribute some more next season, whether as a reliever or starter.