From correspondent Howie Stalwick
The ink had barely dried on the $2.369 million contract Reese McGuire signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates when the recent Kentwood High School graduate demonstrated the type of poise that convinced the Pirates he was worth so much money.
McGuire drew laughter Tuesday at his introductory press conference in Pittsburgh when he discussed the standard urine test required during physical exams of drafted players who sign pro contracts.
“I was a little worried about the urine test,” McGuire joked, “because in the past, I’ve had a little stage fright, or it took me a while. So I was most worried about how long it was going to take for me to go the bathroom.
“But I was actually asking for the cup, because I really had to go.”
McGuire, the second of Pittsburgh’s two first-round draft picks earlier this month, was the 14th overall pick. He has been assigned to the Pirates’ Rookie-class team in Bradenton, Fla., in the Gulf Coast League.
Washington’s Gatorade Player of the Year is gifted defensively and hit .436 with four home runs and 20 RBI for Kentwood this season.
Gonzaga pitcher Marco Gonzales, the other first-round pick in the state, has agreed to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals. Baseball America magazine reports that Gonzales received a $1.850,000 signing bonus.
A junior left-hander, Gonzales was the 19th overall selection. He compiled a 7-3 record with a 2.80 earned run average.