All Hands on Deck- Interview With Deck Mcguire
The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Deck McGuire in the 1st round, 11th overall in the 2010 entry draft. Mcguire was drafted out Georgia Institute of Technology, a school that boasted 10 draft picks from their program in 2010. Mcguire is an intimidating presence on the mound standing at 6’6″ and 235 lbs and fit the exact protege the Blue Jays were trying to build around the draft.
Mcguire signed on the dotted line with the Jays for $2 million George Washington’s and began his professional career in 2011 with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florda State League. After an impressive start in 19 appearances in “High A” ball, Mcguire was promoted to “Double A” New Hampshire where he finished the season. Mcguire had a successful first season compiling a 9-5 record with an era of 3.02 and almost a strikeout an inning in two minor league levels.
Mcguire has started the 2012 season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats where he will be expected to lead the young pitching staff moving forward. If Mcguire can put up respectable numbers there is a good chance Mcguire may make his major league debut as a September call-up this year in Toronto.
Deck McGuire Interview
1. What has been your biggest baseball related accomplishment to date?
I gotta say getting drafted has to be up there. I mean that is the first step toward the end goal of the big leagues.
2. What is the one pitch you feel you need to add or perfect to be a successful major league pitcher?
I need to command my fastball better. I’ve always had pretty good control but I haven’t been as good at keeping it down in the zone…
3. What MLB player do you try to emulate your pitching style around?
Who wouldn’t say Roy Halladay? But I really think that it’s kinda a mixture of a bunch of guys. I was a big Smoltz and Randy Johnson fan growing up so I payed close attention to what they did, but I really don’t think you can say you pitch or emulate another guy. Pitching is an individual art form. No one throws like another guy no matter how hard you try. I just look up to guys who work hard and pound the zone!
4. What has been the biggest transition for you getting accustomed to life in the minor leagues?
Living out of a suitcase and having to pack up and move at least 2 or 3 times a year. You have to be able to just roll with the punches. You have 24 other guys who are doing the same thing you are… No complaining just get it done.
5. You signed with the Jays out of University for $2 million, what was the biggest item you purchased with the signing bonus and how soon after?
My car, I had an old Ford Explorer in college and it was terrible! It was on its last leg so I needed an upgrade. I got a 2010 Yukon Denali.
6. What pitches do you throw and what is your“out pitch “and what type of velocity do your pitches hover around?
7. Your ultimate walk out song for your major league debut in Toronto?
Country is my Rock by Trent Tomlinson or Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean.
8. What is it like to play for Manager Sal Fasano and what do you think is his coaching strengths are?
Sal is the ultimate players manager. He teaches in a way that allows you to make your mistakes and learn from them without being berated. He is well versed in every facet of the game.
9. Are you superstitious and who is the most superstitious person on the Fisher Cats?
I used to be way more superstitious but it’s harder with all the unpredictability in pro ball. I don’t know that we really have one…
10. What are your goals for this season in New Hampshire and where do you see yourself at seasons end?
Get better every single start. I have hit some bumps in the road early but that’s baseball. That’s why we all hate to love this game!
This concludes another interview and profile of a Jays prospect and remember to keep all hands on deck and stay tuned for a Blue Jays “Blast from the Past” interview in the coming days.
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