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Off Day Blues: Rainout Edition

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With the Blue Jays and White Sox having survived both power outages and immense fog during the previous pair of games at the Cell, Wednesday’s rubber match between the 2 clubs has been postponed due to the threat of thunderstorms later tonight.

Initially, this comes as a disappointment to many Blue Jays fans however I remind you that with this postponement, Toronto will likely square off vs the White Sox with Jose Reyes back in the line up… This is a good thing, folks.

With the “Rain Out”, we can now set our attention to another game tonight as the Fisher Cats take on Akron on “David Ortiz Mini Bobblehead Night” in New Hampshire.

*Note – David Ortiz never played for New Hampshire… Instead he played against them when he suited up for New Britain (Minnesota’s Eastern League affiliate). This is a giveaway night focused on the Fisher Cats proximity to Boston…. MiLB Baseball!

Back to the Blue Jays.

Tonight’s game features the Blue Jays former 1st Round draft pick (2010), Deck McGuire as he looks for his 4th win of the season, 9th as a member of the Fisher Cats.

McGuire, who began his professional career pitching for Dunedin in 2011, cruised threw A ball en route to posting a 7-4 record to go with a sparkling 2.75 ERA in 19 games. His strong play in the Florida State League earned the then 22 year old a promotion to Double A when he finished out the season going 2-1 for New Hampshire.

McGuire hit a road block in his development during the 2012 season as he began to struggle with his command and ability to pitch to contact. This drop in his effectiveness saw the former Georgia Tech standout finish the season with a disappointing 5-15 win/loss record, a 5.88 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 97/62 in 144 Innings Pitched.

Once regarded as a safe (sure thing) type of selection, McGuire hasn’t lived up to the expectations placed on the one time 1st round draftee however don’t let his recent numbers fool you, he could still end up being a very effective pitcher in the MLB. Without making direct comparisons to the following pitchers, I remind you that Kyle Drabek excelled in the minors having recorded a 3.21 ERA at the AA level and Roy Halladay struggled in the Minors recording a 4.45 AAA ERA on his career. Enough said.

The Minors are regarded as being a developmental process that all professional ball player endure before breaking in to the Bigs. Key word – developmental. In essence, it’s not always best to see a player excel throughout the minor league system. Instead, it’s often good to see them fail from time to time as failure breeds character. Character being something every player in the MLB needs to gain before becoming truly effective in the show.

In 2013, McGuire has begun to turn the corner. Again, don’t be fooled at first glance. Although his 5.35 ERA and 3-6 record are concerning, we can take refuge in the fact that his Strikoute totals are back up to respectable levels (62), his WHIP is down and he has began to lower the amount of Home Runs allowed as the North Carolina native has only served up 2 across 65.2 innings of work. Compare this to his 22 allowed over his 144 innings in 2012… Things are begining to level out for the 23 year old.

You can follow McGuire and the rest of the 31-34 Fisher Cats live on New Hampshire’s radio feed beginning at 6:35 tonight.

As always, here’s a link to the game – http://www.milb.com/multimedia/audio.jsp?sid=t463&home=t463&away=t402

 

 

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