On July 7th, 2010 Blue Jays fans waited with bated breath for their newfound saviour, although it was unknown to them at the time, Alex Anthopolous to make his first draft selection as Blue Jays General Manager. Toronto fans had become frustrated under former GM J.P. Richardi, safe picks and failed HS players littered the lower minors all the way to the big leagues. They wanted change. They wanted a new direction. They wanted hope.
Alex Anthopolous’ first MLB First Year Player Draft did just that. With the 11th pick the Blue Jays selected Deck McGuire out of Georgia Tech, and never looked back. Lets see how these players have done since being drafted.
1st Round, 11th Overall Selection: Deck McGuire, Right Handed Pitcher out of Georgia Tech
Deck McGuire signed at the deadline on August 16th last year, and didn’t make his pro debut until this Spring with High-A Ball Dunedin Blue Jays.
Normal #’s: 19 Games, 104.2 Innings Pitched, 89 Hits, 38 Runs, 32 Earned Runs, 38 Walks, 102 Strikeouts
Advanced #’s: 2.75 ERA, 3.63 FIP, 38.2% of BIP for GB, 39.6% BIP for FB, 11.3% BIP for LD, 7.8% of BIP for PU, 68 K’s Swinging, 7.8% FB For HR’s
His numbers showed pretty decent control (3.26 BB/9) and solid Fielding Independant pitching numbers. He was able to keep balls from making solid contact (shown by his 11.3% LD Rate) And had 46% of his Balls in play go for Grounders and Pop ups.
He’s also since been moved up to AA New Hampshire.
AA New Hampshire:
Normal #’s: 2 Games, 13 Innings Pitched, 14 Hits, 6 Runs, 6 Earned Runs, 3 Walks, 11 Strikeouts
Advanced #’s: 4.15 ERA, 5.20 FIP, 52.5% GB, 25.0% FB, 17.5% LD, 5.0 PU, 7 K’s Swinging, 30% FB for HR’s
His control has transferred to AA, and has gotten more groundballs, but more LD’s too, which should be expected with the change in levels and facing better hitters. His FIP is inflated because of a ridiculous 30% of FB going for HR, that will not keep up. Too Early to make many judgements from his AA numbers though!