Blue Jays Sign First Round Pick (11th Overall) Deck McGuire & Many Others

Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was not only a busy man when it came to signing his targetted draft picks, but he also turned out to be an accurate man, as the Jays reached agreement with 33 of 56 players.

The Jays main target to sign, not intending to discount the value of the others, was 11th overall pick RHP Deck McGuire.

As a junior pitcher for the Georgia Yellow Jackets McGuire attained a career record of 28-7, with a 3.28 ERA in 45 starts, and as such, he has been compared to another of the Jays highly touted pitching prospects – 2009 first rounder Chad Jenkins.

McGuire is considered to have a dominant presence in terms of his physical size (6’6″, 218-lb), and pitching abilities (4 quality pitches), and is almost guaranteed a slot with either Class A Lansing or Dunedin for the 2011 season.

McGuire signed for a reported 2-nillion dollar signing bonus at 11:59p.m. EST (one minute before the deadline).

Alex Anthopoulos was also able to sign the Jays second rounder (61st overall) LHP Griffin Murphy, their fourth round pick RHP Samuel Dyson, and the highly regarded Dickie Thon.

Thon, who was a steal by the Jays nabbed in the fifth round, was projected to go as high as a late second round pick, but more generally regarded as a third rounder; dropped in the draft due to his announcement that he will be committing his time and energy to his scholastic endeavours at Rice University.

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