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Indians Top Prospects: #89 Michael McGuire

Indians Top Prospects: #89 Michael McGuire
January 15, 2009
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89. Michael McGuire - Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 06/29/1986 - Height: 6'7" - Weight: 240 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right

YearAgeTeamLvlWLERAGGSSVIPHERHRBBKBB/9K/9WHIP
200822U of DelawareC658.221513076.210870846715.38.32.01
200822Mahoning VyA-354.05210140.03618016473.610.61.30

History: McGuire was a 43rd round pick in the 2008 Draft out of the University of Delaware.

Strengths & Opportunities: The early returns on McGuire show he could be a diamond in the rough and one of those late round finds for the Indians. He has a major league body and big frame at 6'7" 240-pounds, and displayed the ability to consistently pound the zone (10.6 K/9) and command his fastball (3.6 BB/9). He throws in the low 90s and uses his size to get excellent leverage on hitters by keeping the ball down in the zone on a downward plane. He is very much a project, and the Indians will continues to work with him on his command and developing his secondary pitches.

Outlook: McGuire had some injury issues with his arm his senior year in college which hurt his draft stock and numbers, but could be a sleeper candidate in the organization this year where he likely will open the season in the Single-A Lake County bullpen.

Photo courtesy of Ken Carr

Michael McGuire's MinorLeagueBaseball.com stats page

Michael McGuire's Baseball-Reference page

Michael McGuire's MinorLeagueSplits.com page

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