FULLERTON, Calif. — Reese McGuire’s skill set isn’t seen very often. Advanced receiving and throwing ability is rarely seen from younger catchers, especially 17-year olds.
But the 6-foot-1, 190-pound USA Baseball U18 catcher/third baseman breaks the mold. The University of San Diego commit makes catching look like an art form with his mute receiving, Great Wall of China blocking ability, cheetah quick feet and a sniper arm.
McGuire also possesses a quick, left-handed swing and has power potential, especially as he is able to add extra muscle to his frame.
On Tuesday, in a game against the Southern California NTIS (National Team Identification Series) 17 and under team, Reese McGuire reached base in both of his at bats. He singled and scored on an error in the seventh inning. He also had a clean stolen base that was negated by a questionable hitter’s interference call.
SAN DIEGO — Maybe San Diego commit Stephen Gonsalves was joking. Maybe he was riding the euphoria of scoring the tying run and picking up the win on the mound in Sunday night’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park. Or maybe the lanky lefty is just that confident in the potential Toreros’ 2013 recruiting class.
After the West rallied from five runs down for a 7-6 victory, Gonsalves said he believed San Diego could win multiple titles if the 2013 recruiting class all opted to attend school.
“We’re going to bring home a title there,” he said with a smile. “Two out of three years guaranteed.”
While it is unlikely a team that has yet to advance to the Super Regionals would put together two title runs, is it possible Gonsalves could be on to something? Perhaps…just maybe…things could align for the Toreros.