Reese Jackson McGuire...His grandfather, Jack McGuire, was a catcher on Duke University’s team that made the 1952 College World Series...Graduated from Kentwood High School in Covington, Wa., in 2013, where he hit .436 with 13 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 20 RBI in his senior season...Rated as the 5th-best position player and the 12th-best player overall in the 2013 draft by Baseball America...was also rated by Baseball America as the second-best “Defensive Player” among high school players eligible in the draft...Named the 2012-2013 Gatorade Washington Player-of-the-Year, while also receiving the 2012 Dick Chase Award after helping Team USA’s 18-and-under squad defeat Canada and win the gold medal at the IBAF 18U World Championship in Seoul, South Korea in September of 2012...Was the first catcher taken in the 2013 draft (14th overall)...Rated by Baseball America as Toronto’s No. 15 prospect entering 2018...Participated in the 2020 Blue Jays Winter Tour.
Spent the first month of the year at the alternate site and on the taxi squad before he was recalled for his season debut May 5 at OAK (0-2, BB, 2K)... Hit his 1st home run of the year June 12 at BOS, a solo shot in the ninth inning... Went 4-for-5 with a trio of doubles and two RBI on June 20 at BAL...Became the second Toronto catcher with four hits and three doubles in a single game, joining Kevin Cash on April 13, 2004, at DET...The four hits tied a career-high (Aug. 8, 2019, vs. NYY)... On June 24 vs. BAL, finished the game 3-for-4 with three singles, his fifth multi-hit game of the season (fourth in his last five starts), and his third three-hit game of the year... Went 3-for-5 with three doubles and an RBI on July 29 at BOS...Became the fifth player in team history with multiple games of three doubles in a single season, joining John Buck (2010), Adam Lind (2009), Shannon Stewart (2000) and Tony Fernandez (1999)... Bunted for a double in the sixth inning Aug. 3 vs. CLE, becoming the second player in team history with a bunt double, joining Cavan Biggio (Sept. 27, 2019, vs. TB)... Over his final 56 games, went 39-for-144 (.271) with 13 doubles and eight RBI.
Hit his 1st home run of the season on July 25 at TB...was his 8th career homer, three of which were game-tying homers in the 7th inning...became the 7th player in team history to record 8+ home runs in his first 45 career games...Had a 0-for-18 drought, the longest of his career, before being optioned on Sept. 5 until the end of the season...Tied three others for the AL lead with four sacrifice hits...Was added to Toronto’s postseason roster and made his playoff debut as a defensive replacement in Game 1 of the ALWC on Sept. 29 at TB.
Hit .299 (29-for-98) in 30 games with the Blue Jays (7-2B, 5 HR, 11RBI)...Went 60-for-243 (.247) with 18 extra-base hits in 72 games for the Bisons...Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on July 27 and made his season debut that night vs. TB as he caught the 12th inning...Hit a two-run shot on Aug. 3 at BAL for his 1st home run of the season...Belted his 2nd home run on Aug. 8 vs. NYY…Also singled twice and doubled for his 1st career four-hit game…Was the 2nd multi-hit effort of his career (2H on Sept. 16, 2018 at NYY)…Became the 19th catcher (32nd time) in team history with a four-hit game (last: Josh Thole - Sept. 25, 2013 at BAL)...Hit his 3rd homer on Aug. 17 vs. SEA, in what was his 10th game with the Blue Jays in 2019...On Aug. 30 vs. HOU, connected for his 6th career home run in his 29th career contest...Notched his 5th home run of the season on Sept. 10 vs. BOS…Became the 7th player in team history to record 7+ homers in his first 34 career games, and the 1st catcher to do so (J.P. Arencibia - 6)...Singled, doubled twice and walked twice on Sept. 18 at BAL, reaching base five times in a game for the 1st time in his career...Has recorded 38 hits in his first 44 career contests, the most ever by a Toronto catcher.
Batted .290 (9-for-31) with three doubles, two homers and four RBI in his 14 games with the Blue Jays ... Called up to Toronto on Sept. 6... Made his MLB debut that night vs. CLE (1-for-4, 2B, K)... Doubled off Dan Otero in the 9th inning for his 1st MLB hit ... Stole his 1st base on Sept. 9 vs. CLE ... Collected his 1st RBI on Sept. 16 at NYY and went 2-for-4 for his 1st multi-hit game ... Knocked a solo shot off Cionel Perez for his 1st career home run on Sept. 26 vs. HOU ... Hit a pinch-hit home run on Sept. 29 at TB, the 3rd by a Blue Jay in 2018 and the 11th all-time by a Toronto rookie (last: Yan Gomes on June 11, 2012 vs. WAS) ... Had spent the full 2018 season with Triple-A Buffalo, his first action at that level...Hit .233 (75-for-322) with nine doubles, a pair of triples, seven home runs and 37 RBI over 96 games for the Bisons... Threw out 14 of 48 attempted steals (29.2%).
Was ranked as the 6th-best catching prospect by MLB.com entering 2017 ... Spent the majority of the season with Double-A New Hampshire ... Missed two months with a right-knee injury...Played rehab games for Bluefield (8G) and Dunedin (3G) to work his way back after he had surgery for a torn meniscus in May ... Was named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 14-20...Hit .533 (8-for-15) with a double, three home runs, four RBI, two walks and a 1.200 slugging percentage in four games for the Fisher Cats ... Finished the AA season with a line of .278/.366/.496 over 34 games (5-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 20-RBI, 16BB/19K)...His overall .859 OPS in 2017 was the highest of his career ... Played for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Domincan Winter League and batted .283 (13-for-46) in 18 games.
Was tabbed by MLBPipeline.com as the 4th-best catching prospect entering 2016, behind Wilson Contreras (CHC), Gary Sanchez (NYY) and Jorge Alfaro (PHI) ... Reached base safely in each of his first 12 games of the 2016 campaign ... Was limited to just 15 games for New Hampshire following his trade on Aug. 1, 2016 from Pittsburgh due to injury (on DL from Aug. 12-22) ... Threw out 37% (35/96) of runners attempting to steal a base on him in 2016 ... Walked 36 times in 2016 while striking out only 34 times (365 plate appearances) ... Was named a 2016 Organizational All-Star by MiLB.com.
Spent the entire 2015 campaign with Advanced-A Bradenton, where he was named to the Florida State League's MidSeason All-Star team ... Threw out 27 of the 107 runners (25%) attempting to steal against him in 2015 ... Hit .353 (12-for-34) as a designated hitter and .245 (83-for-339) as a catcher in 2015 ... Was rated by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's "Best Defensive Catcher" in the publication's "Best Tools" edition at the end of the 2015 campaign ... Hit .294 for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League and was named to the 2015 Rising Stars game ... Was ranked as Pittsburgh's 6th-best prospect following the 2015 season by Baseball America.
Was ranked as the 8th-best prospect in Pittsburgh's system entering 2014, as well as the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the club's minor league system by Baseball America ... Spent the entire 2014 campaign with Class-A West Virginia, where he was named to the South Atlantic League's MidSeason All-Star team ... Hit .351 over a 19-game hitting streak from May 7-30, 2014, tied for the longest hitting streak in the South Atlantic League that season ... Threw out a league-leading 49 runners attempting to steal against him in 2014, while also leading all catchers in double plays (9)
Began his pro career with the Gulf Coast Pirates in 2013, after being selected by the Pirates with the 14th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft in June ... Made his professional debut on July 4, 2013 against the GCL Tigers, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI ... Was named the Gulf Coast's Player of the Month in August of 2013 after hitting .369 with nine doubles and 12 RBI in 21 games...Was promoted to Jamestown of the New York-Penn League (A-short) on Aug. 31, 2013, appearing in four games for the club in the regular season...Went 2-for-7 in two games with Jamestown in the playoffs and was selected to the post-season GCL All-Star team.