From BR Bullpen
William Deck McGuire
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 6", Weight 218 lb.
 Biographical Information
Deck McGuire was a first-round pick in the 2010 amateur draft.
McGuire was All-State in his junior and senior years of high school. As a senior, he hit .471 while going 10-1 with a 1.35 ERA. He finished as his school's record holder for career strikeouts (320), wins (20), ERA (1.96), homers (14) and RBI (97). He was Virginia Player of the Year in 2007. He also was a four-year quarterback in football.
Deck was 8-1 with a 3.46 ERA as a college freshman in 2008, earning him Freshman All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball. The right-hander then was 11-2 with a 3.50 ERA as a junior. He was second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in wins, one off the pace and made All-Conference alongside Sean Gilmartin and Alex White. He was named ACC Pitcher of the Year, the first player to take that honors in Georgia Tech's illustrious history. Baseball America named him a second-team All-American while Collegiate Baseball picked him first team. Nationally, he tied for 10th in wins in NCAA Division I.
As a junior, McGuire went 9-4 with a 2.96 ERA, 118 K in 112 2/3 innings and a .226 opponent average after 16 starts. He made All-ACC first team. In college, his fastball was clocked at 91-93 mph. He is also known to throw a changeup and a strong slider.
The Toronto Blue Jays chose McGuire with the 11th pick of the 2010 amateur draft. He was new general manager Alex Anthopoulos's first pick in the draft. The Toronto Star announced his selection with the rather humorous headline: All hands on Deck for Jays with 11th pick in their June 8, 2010 print edition.
Deck threw a bullpen session on September 25, 2010 in front of Jays' officials, to show them what he was made of. He is expected to receive an invite to the 2011 Spring Training session with the club, and could possibly be pitching later that year for the club.
Deck was his mother's maiden name. McGuire has been called "Deck" by his family since his youth out of respect for his mother's side of the family (according to an interview given by Anthopoulos on The FAN590's PrimeTime Sports show on June 16, 2010).
Primary Source: Georgia Tech bio