Originally written on North Side Notch  |  Last updated 10/25/14
With the Pirates’ second pick in the first round, they selected high school catcher Reese McGuire out of Kentwood High School in Washington. McGuire is a left-handed hitter and is rated as the best catcher in this year’s draft. Here’s his official prospect video: Here’s what Baseball America has to say about McGuire: McGuire was known by scouts early, playing in the 2011 Area Code Games as a junior before leading his high school team to a state championship in 2012. He was named USA Baseball’s Dick Case player of the year after he hit .400/.522/.514 for the gold-medal-winning 18-and-under team last summer. McGuire showed his athletic versatility with Team USA, playing third base and outfield, but he’s best as a catcher in pro ball. He is a natural behind the plate. He remains loose, even after adding strength to his 6-foot-1, 190-pound build. His receiving, blocking and arm strength are all above-average, and he has been calling his own games since he was 10 years old. He has a hig...
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