Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates and first round draft pick Reese McGuire will likely come to terms on a contract agreement on Tuesday.
#Pirates first-round pick Reese McGuire is on a plane to Pittsburgh and will take physical & sign tomorrow, according to McGuire’s HS coach
— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) June 17, 2013
Shortly thereafter, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports would confirm the report via Twitter:
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 17, 2013
Sawchick later reported that the deal is likely going to be for “near slot-value”. Slot value for the 14th overall pick, where McGuire was selected, is $2.56 million. McGuire isn’t the only player the Pirates selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft; Austin Meadows was selected ninth overall, but hasn’t signed yet. McGuire wasn’t able to sign until he graduated from high school, and he graduated this past weekend. Apparently, McGuire was excited and eager to sign with the Pirates, something that hasn’t always been the case in recent memory. The Pirates finally don’t appear to have that “Oh darn, I was drafted by the Pirates” feel to them anymore, and that is awesome.
According to several scouts, McGuire was the best prep catcher in the draft. Many scouts believe he is the best defensive high school catching prospect in several years. Once McGuire was drafted, he made it clear that his intentions were to go professional, rather than stick to his commitment to the University of San Diego.