Toronto Blue Jays: Pitching Prospect Deck McGuire Shows Excellent Promise

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIFebruary 17, 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays have made some impressive moves during this offseason, and the 2012 pitching staff appears to be their strongest in many years.

Not only do the Blue Jays have strong pitching on their major league team, but they also have pitching depth in development in their minor leagues, as well.

Right-handed pitching prospect Deck McGuire was drafted 11th in the first round of the 2010 MLB June amateur draft.

McGuire was promoted from Single-A Dunedin to Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats and has shown impressive command on the mound.

His fastball averages about 93 MPH, which will likely pick up some velocity as he further develops in the minors with some coaching and conditioning.

He throws a powerful slider up to 86 MPH and could become an above-average to plus pitch, which leads all of us to believe that this will become one of his knockout pitches.

His changeup has good results, and will improve as he develops and progresses through the minor leagues.

Standing at 6'6'' and 220 pounds on the mound, he has an intimidating presence with strong, solid command of his pitches. He is known as a strike-throwing, all-around athlete.

Expected to become a No. 3-type starter, he has proved that he can successfully compete and win, even if he's not throwing at his best.

McGuire has a strong arm with excellent command at the age of 22, and his strength and command will continue to improve and progress over the next year or two.

He has what it takes to get called up to the major leagues quickly. While we may not see him get that call in 2012, we may very well see him called up in Sept. 2013.

He has only pitched in the minors for two seasons with a win-loss record of 9-5, 124 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.02 in 125.1 innings pitched. With a little more time in the minors to refine and develop, he is certain to become a powerful pitcher for the Blue Jays.

Keep yourself updated on his progress this season. Deck McGuire is going to be a big name in Toronto.