ALTOONA, Pa. -- It didn’t matter if it was Little League baseball back home in Washington state or last Thursday’s debut with the Double-A Altoona Curve. Pirates catching prospect Reese McGuire prides himself on calling the game and figuring out what works and what doesn’t for his pitching staff.
“I love it,” McGuire told DKPittsburghSports.com of the preparation. “Getting to this next level I’m looking forward to it because now you have all these different stats and different things to look at as far as studying to prepare yourself and this is next-level stuff. This is what they do in the big leagues and so, whatever we can use to help us get better, I’m all for it.”
As a kid, McGuire would run back to the dugout every inning and have to answer to his dad and to his uncle, explaining to them why he called what he did.
Both authority figures were catchers growing up and McGuire, the middle child of three boys, competed alongside his older brother, Cash, now an infielder at Seattle University. They’d go toe-to-toe in baseball, basketball and flag football as kids, but both gravitated toward baseball. In Reese’s junior year of high school he gave up basketball to focus on a baseball career, and he committed to the University of San Diego.