Tech’s McGuire signs with Blue Jays

Though it was unlikely a deal wouldn’t have gotten done, former Georgia Tech pitcher Deck McGuire signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, beating the midnight deadline by one minute.

He agreed to a minor-league contract with a $2 million bonus.

McGuire was selected 11th in this year’s Major League Baseball amateur draft after going 28-7 with a 3.28 ERA in three seasons at Tech.

The Yellow Jackets had four players — McGuire, and three signees — who had been drafted but yet to sign with their clubs as of Monday morning.

Alex Lavisky signed with the Indians Monday afternoon.

Matthew Grimes, a 6-5 pitcher from Mill Creek, didn’t reach an agreement with the White Sox, who selected him in the fourth round.

DeAndre Smelter, another big pitcher from Tattnall Square Academy who was selected by the Twins in the 14th round, didn’t sign.

Barring something odd, Grimes and Smelter should join Tech for the 2010 season.

I hope to talk to Tech baseball coach Danny Hall later today.

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August 17th, 2010
7:35 am


BTW, there are more than three other signees who were drafted but didn’t sign. But you wouldn’t know their names if you had a thousand guesses.


August 17th, 2010
9:01 am

Good luck to Deck and all the other Tech recruits and players that moved on to pro ball.


August 17th, 2010
11:55 am

Lost some talent, gained some talent.


August 17th, 2010
1:51 pm

McGuire, what is he 20, 21? And he just made his first 2 million!


Good for him.


August 17th, 2010
3:29 pm

Congrats and best of luck to Deck! He’s worth every penny!