Georgia Tech right-handed pitcher Deck McGuire was chosen by Toronto with the 11th pick in the amateur draft on Monday. Though he was in no mood to celebrate after the Jackets were knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Alabama, 10-8.
“It’s an honor to be picked in the first round,” McGuire said. “The Blue Jays are a great organization and hopefully I’ll be able to help them in the future. But right now I’m still in the moment and tonight my teammates are way important story than I am.”
McGuire, a junior, has compiled a 28-7 record in three seasons as a starter. He has a 3.28 earned-run average in 291 innings pitched. He has five pitches – fastball, curveball, slider, changeup and slurve — and struck out 306 and walked 106.
A 6-foot, 6-inch tall power pitcher, McGuire moved into the Tech’s No. 1 starter role as a sophomore, and became one of the ACC’s best pitchers. He was named the ACC’s pitcher of the year and was a finalist for national pitcher of the year.
This season he was again named All-ACC after going 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA in conference play.
McGuire wasn’t the only Jacket drafted. Incoming freshman and football signee Jake Skole, younger brother of Tech third baseman Matt Skole, was selected by the Rangers.