McGuire will be on the Blue Jays' roster for the AL Wild Card Round against the Rays.
McGuire is likely to be little more than an insurance policy, as he'll be the third catcher behind Danny Jansen and Alejandro Kirk. The Blue Jays will likely be hoping he doesn't have to see the field, as he hit just .073/.073/.146 in 45 plate appearances this season.
McGuire was optioned to the Blue Jays' alternate training site Saturday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
McGuire will remain with the taxi squad for the team's road trip, so he could be available in an emergency situation. The 25-year-old saw limited time behind the plate during his time on the major-league roster and hit .073 with a solo home run and 11 strikeouts over 41 at-bats. Caleb Joseph's contract was selected in a corresponding move, and he should serve as the backup catcher going forward.
McGuire will start at catcher and bat ninth Wednesday against the Orioles.
Though Danny Jansen is hitting .170 on the season, he remains locked in as the Blue Jays' top backstop and will head to the bench for just the sixth time to open up a start for McGuire. Since slugging a solo home run in his season debut July 25, McGuire has recorded one hit (a single) in 13 at-bats.
McGuire went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay.
McGuire produced the only run of the game for Toronto with a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning. He looks to be in a timeshare with Danny Jansen to begin the season, though either player could seize a full-time role with a strong start to the campaign.
McGuire pleaded no contest last week to a disorderly conduct charge and was fined $500 stemming from an off-field incident in February, The Canadian Press reports.
With his legal issues settled, McGuire can focus on getting ready for the season. There's still a chance he'll face additional discipline from the Jays or the league, but given that the incident was more personally embarrassing than anything else, this will likely be the end of it. McGuire is expected to back up Danny Jansen behind the plate for Toronto.
McGuire's court date in Clearwater has been postponed to June 25, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
The catcher was originally scheduled to appear in a Pinellas County courtroom March 16 regarding his misdemeanor charge of exposure, but the hearing has been postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. There's been no indication McGuire is facing additional league discipline due to the February incident, so it's likely his legal issues won't impact his availability once baseball is ready to resume play. The 25-year-old is expected to work in a timeshare behind the plate with Danny Jansen this season, although McGuire is more likely to be on the short end of it.
McGuire is set to begin the season in a time share with Danny Jansen behind the plate.
While the Jays have given no official indication that either catcher would handle a lead role in that arrangement, all signs point to Jansen being the de facto No. 1. In addition to McGuire's own off-field legal issues, Jansen had been on fire at the plate when the Grapefruit League schedule was put on pause, leading the circuit with a 1.953 OPS through 20 plate appearances compared to McGuire's paltry .638 OPS in 21 PAs. On the bright side, McGuire's spot in the majors seems secure -- the organization has no other catchers on the 40-man roster, and top prospects like Alejandro Kirk are still in the low minors.
McGuire was arrested last weekend for the exposure of sexual organs and given notice to appear in court March 16 in Clearwater, Florida, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The team issued a statement Wednesday morning saying, "The Toronto Blue Jays are aware of the recent police incident involving catcher Reese McGuire. He has been in communication with the Blue Jays and we are working to gather more information. Out of respect for the legal process, neither he nor the club will comment any further at this time." McGuire is expected to compete with Danny Jansen for the primary catcher role in spring training.
McGuire is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
McGuire finds himself on the bench for a second consecutive game despite having an .845 OPS in 15 appearances during September. Luke Maile will start behind the plate in the season finale.
McGuire will be on the bench Wednesday against the Orioles.
McGuire owns a strong .920 OPS in the month of September. The 24-year-old has only logged 134 career big-league plate appearances, but his .306/.353/.556 slash line is quite strong. Luke Maile will be the catcher on this occasion.
McGuire is not in the lineup Monday against the Orioles.
McGuire is enjoying a nice month at the plate, slashing .342/.432/.526 with a home run, four doubles and a 6:8 BB:K through 12 games. Danny Jansen is starting behind the dish in this one.
McGuire will hit the bench Tuesday in Baltimore.
McGuire has seemingly moved ahead of Danny Jansen on the depth chart behind the plate, starting three of the last four games prior to Tuesday's contest. Jansen will start on this occasion.
McGuire went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and walk during a 4-3 victory against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
That gives McGuire five long balls already in just 65 at-bats. He's batting .323 too, and with three doubles to go with the homers, McGuire owns a .600 slugging percentage. Of course, it's still a small sample, as McGuire has played just 20 games. He also has eight RBI and nine runs.
McGuire went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's loss to Houston.
McGuire drove in a run in the second inning and left the yard in the eighth, but the Astros would come away with a 7-4 victory. The 24-year-old has spent limited time in the majors this season, but he's slashing .300/.314/.580 with four homers and six RBI in 15 games.
McGuire went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 4-3 loss to the Mariners on Saturday.
McGuire led off the seventh inning with a solo shot to right field off Anthony Bass to tie the score at 3-3 and later added a ninth-inning double. The 24-year-old has been splitting time at catcher with Danny Jansen and has gone 9-for-34 with three homers. He now holds a .265/.265/.588 slash line in 34 at-bats.
Manager Charlie Montoyo said McGuire will split time at catcher with Danny Jansen down the stretch, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
McGuire and Jansen have each started four of the past eight games at catcher, a timeshare that is expected to continue down the stretch. The 24-year-old McGuire is slashing .259/.259/.519 with two home runs and a 25.9 percent strikeout rate in 27 plate appearances (eight games) since earning a promotion to the majors at the end of July.
McGuire went 4-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and two additional runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.
Coming into the game, the backstop was only 3-for-21 on the season for Toronto, so Thursday's eruption qualifies as shocking. McGuire figures to be a useful No. 2 catcher behind Danny Jansen in time, but his .247/.316/.366 slash line through 72 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year illustrates his offensive limitations.
McGuire was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Luke Maile (strained oblique) landed on the injured list in a corresponding move, so McGuire will serve as the Jays' backup catcher in the short term. He is hopping on a flight but will not make it to Toronto before the first pitch against the Rays.
McGuire went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
The homer was his first of the season. After a sluggish April at the plate, McGuire is slashing .275/.333/.412 with a 4:7 BB:K over 15 games in May. Danny Jansen remains the catcher of the future in Toronto, but he's hitting .179 so far in the majors. If McGuire continues to swing a solid stick, he could get the call later in the summer.
McGuire was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
McGuire had seemed to be the third catcher in Toronto behind Danny Jansen and Luke Maile, and this move confirms that. He could return whenever an injury strikes.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/29||@ TB||L 1-3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/04||vs BOS||L 2-3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/03||@ BOS||W 6-2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/02||@ MIA||W 2-1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/01||@ MIA||L 2-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|08/30||vs BAL||W 6-5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|08/28||vs BAL||W 5-4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2014||AFX-West Virginia Power||98||389||46||102||11||4||3||45||24||44||7||2||.262||.307||.334|
|2017||R-GCL Blue Jays||8||22||4||9||2||0||0||7||3||1||0||1||.409||.462||.500|
|2017||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||34||115||19||32||5||1||6||20||16||19||2||1||.278||.366||.496|
|2017||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||3||12||1||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||0||0||.250||.308||.333|