Minor Injury for McGuire
Reese McGuire, one of two first round picks by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013, has been placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list with a groin contusion, according to Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com.
McGuire, who got his professional career off to a tremendous start after signing last year, was given the slightly aggressive assignment to full-season ball just one year removed from high school competition. While he handled the adjustment to professional baseball last year in the complex league with aplomb, the transition to the full-season Low-A Sally League has not gone as smoothly. Through his first 14 games before hitting the DL, McGuire was hitting just .222 and has yet to hit a home run as a professional.
Not to worry, however, as McGuire should grow into his power, and the rest of his game. The transition from high school to professional baseball is a hard one for anyone and is exceptionally hard for a catcher who has to balance the responsibilities of learning to hit at a new level but also managing a pitching staff. Scouts rave about all aspects of McGuire's game, and while his power may be his weakest present tool, he should develop average power over time as his body fills out and he adjusts to professional pitching.
Slow start and minor injury aside, McGuire is already in the discussion among the best catching prospects in baseball.
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Edwards Shelved For More than a Month
Despite their impressive collection of position prospects, the one knock on the Cubs deep farm system has been their lack of impact pitching prospects. Opponents of that opinion have been pointing to C.J. Edwards since he was acquired from the Rangers last summer in the Matt Garza deal.
Now Edwards will miss over a month with a shoulder injury, reports Gorden Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun-Times. There is no structural damage to Edwards' shoulder, but he was experiencing discomfort and the Cubs have elected to shut him down for at least two weeks then work him back slowly.
When healthy, Edwards is still not the future rotation ace currently missing from the Cubs farm system, but he does project to be an impact arm of some sort. Edwards was dominant last season at both levels of A-ball, but the biggest concern between now and him becoming a starting pitcher is durability. With a thin frame that desperately needs to add weight, there are serious questions about whether or not he can handle the workload necessary to be a starting pitcher. His stuff is good enough, but he needed to prove he can log the innings.
This setback doesn't derail that plan entirely, but it certainly isn't the good sign the Cubs were hoping to see from him as proof that he will be able to handle 200-inning seasons in the future.