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Movin’ on up, could McGuire end up being the next ‘Johnny Bench?’

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 16, 2013 at 9:12 am with No Comments »
May 16, 2013 9:12 am

Seems as if Kentwood High catcher Reese McGuire is quickly moving up some of the 2013 amateur draft boards in the final weeks.

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* ESPN’s Keith Law (scouting guru) has moved McGuire up to 10th (to TOR) in his latest MLB mock draft. First catcher selected.

* Chris Crawford, of Prospect Insider, has also moved McGuire up a few spots – to 15th (to ARI). Crawford also has him as the first catcher taken (McGuire spent first half of season No. 2 behind South Carolina prepster Nick Ciuffo).

Why the movement? McGuire’s defense is superior to anybody in the class – big, athletic target who blocks pitches cleanly, and his “pop” throw from home plate to second base has been clocked in the 1.7-second range.

Asked Puyallup coach Marc Wiese, who has been around a few major-leaguers, what makes McGuire so good. Wiese simply said we are all watching “an All-Star catcher” in the making.

“Defense is off the charts,” Wiese said. “On the scouts’ scale, he is Johnny Bench.”

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