The Cincinnati Reds have purchased another contract from another Atlantic League team, as they have signed right-hander Deck McGuire of the Gastonia Honey Hunters, today the team has announced.
McGuire, 32, leaves the Atlantic League as the leader in strikeouts (41), wins (5), WHIP (0.80) and innings pitched (37.2). His .170 average against hitters is second in the league and his 1.91 ERA is top five in that category.
McGuire, a Richmond, Va., native, is reuniting with the Reds, having made his big-league debut with Cincinnati on September 12, 2017, in a relief appearance against the St. Louis Cardinals.
McGuire also owns MLB service time with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In addition, McGuire has pitched professionally aboard in Korea and Taiwan.
¨Deck performed at a high level for us and displayed great leadership in his time here, Mauro ¨Goose¨ Gozzo, manager of the Gastonia Honey Hunters, said in a press release. “He seized an opportunity to pitch well and earn a return to affiliated baseball. That is the reason the Atlantic League exists. Deck is incredibly deserving of this chance, and I am really proud of him.”
The Reds inked Justin Nicolino from the High Point Rockers earlier in the day.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photos: Gastonia Honey Hunters.