Cardinals Add Ex-First Rounder on Minors Deal

The St. Louis Cardinals signed former first-round draft pick Deck McGuire to a minor league contract.

The St. Louis Cardinals made their fourth external minor league free agent signing of the winter with the addition of right-handed pitcher Deck McGuire. On Saturday, the former Georgia Tech star announced via Twitter his acceptance of a minor league contract with the Cardinals for the 2016 season.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round in 2010, 11th overall. A fast riser, McGuire pitched in the Arizona Fall League following his 2012 season in Double-A and he was added to the Jays’ 40-man roster in November 2013.


After a rough Triple-A debut in 2014, the Virginia native moved on to Oakland in July. He had been designated for assignment by Toronto and his contract was sold to the A’s in a cash deal. A month later, McGuire was outrighted, removed from Oakland’s 40-man roster. As 2015 spring training drew to a close, the A’s gave him his release.

The 26-year-old was then signed to a minor league contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched in 30 games (including 18 starts) between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers in 2015, going 9–6 with a 3.69 ERA. McGuire struck out 119 and walked 36 in 136 2/3 innings. He has yet to make his MLB debut.

McGuire possesses four pitches - a low-90s fastball, slider, change up and show-me curve. He may be slated to replace free agent Nick Greenwood as a swing man with the 2016 Memphis Redbirds.

McGuire joins infielder Mikey Reynolds, catcher Eric Fryer and pitcher Juan Gonzalez as new minor league additions by St. Louis during this 2015-2016 off-season.

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