Ht/Wt: 6-6/223 lbs
School: Georgia Tech
Scouting Report: In his first year starting, as a sophomore, the 2009 ACC Pitcher of the Year went 11-2 with a 3.50 ERA in 16 starts, striking out 118 while walking 41 in 100.1 innings, en route to not losing a game in the regular season. Although in 2010 his ERA was lower, McGuire won seven games, pitched 92.2 innings, striking out 99, while walking 24. McGuire is considered a safe pick, but has limited upside. He struggled during the 2009 postseason, and that has many people wondering if he can handle the big stage. McGuire's success during the regular season, along with playing in a difficult conference, should allow him to move through the minors pretty quickly. McGuire has a four pitch repertoire which includes a low-90s fastball, a hard slider, a mid-70s curveball, and according to scouts, his low-80s changeup is his best pitch. McGuire is a durable righty who throws strikes, and will be dependable down the road for whatever team he ends up pitching for.
The Diamondbacks have been among the most up-and-down franchises in baseball since their inaugural season in 1998, highlighted by a World Series championship in 2001.
The Diamondbacks entered the 2010 season as one of youngest teams in baseball.
Arizona acquired 2009 All-Star Edwin Jackson and former Yankees prospect Ian Kenndy to pitch behind Dan Haren, who has led the NL in strikeouts-to-walks ratio the last two years and led all pitchers with a minuscule 1.003 WHIP.
The Diamondbacks are still waiting for the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner and a 22-game winner in 2008, Brandon Webb, to return from shoulder surgery, and if Webb is able to regain his old form this will be an extremely solid staff in the desert.
Along with Stephen Drew, who's looking to become one of the top leadoff men in baseball, outfielder Chris Young is looking rebound from a .212 campaign, and catcher Miguel Montero is eager to show that his breakout 2009 campaign was not a fluke.
When the D-Backs draft McGuire, the organization will have plenty of time for him to work in the minors, and to learn how to become a suitable starter in the majors. According to scouts, McGuire is one of those players who might never become an All-Star, but has the potential to become a pretty good player.
The D-Backs would certainly take that.