Kentwood grad signs with Pittsburgh

Contributing writerJune 19, 2013 

The ink had barely dried on the $2.369 million contract catcher Reese McGuire signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates when the recent Kentwood High School graduate demonstrated the type of poise that convinced the Pirates he was worth so much money.

McGuire drew laughter Tuesday at his introductory press conference in Pittsburgh when he discussed the standard urine test required during physical exams of drafted players who sign pro contracts.

“I was a little worried about the urine test,” McGuire joked, “because in the past, I’ve had a little stage fright, or it took me a while. So I was most worried about how long it was going to take for me to go the bathroom.

“But I was actually asking for the cup, because I really had to go.”

McGuire, the No. 14 overall pick by Pittsburgh, has been assigned to Bradenton, Fla., in the Gulf Coast League.

Gonzaga left-hander Marco Gonzales, the state’s other first-round pick (No. 19), has agreed to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals. Baseball America magazine reported that Gonzales received a $1.85 million signing bonus.

Former Kentwood pitcher Austin Voth, a junior at the University of Washington this season, signed with the Washington Nationals. The fifth-round pick received a $272,800 bonus, according to Baseball America.

Max Beatty, a senior pitcher at Pacific Lutheran, signed with San Diego for an undisclosed amount. He was a 32nd-round selection.

Washington State coach Donnie Marbut said Tuesday that Olympia’s Jason Monda and three of the four other drafted Cougars – including incoming freshman pitcher Layne Bruner from Montesano – said they will play at WSU next season. Monda, a junior outfielder from Capital High, was drafted by Philadelphia in the sixth round.

The one departing draftee is third baseman Adam Nelubowich, a redshirt junior who graduated in May. He has agreed to terms with Houston as an 18th-round draft pick. He was a 14th-round pick by the Mariners in 2009 but didn’t sign.


The Orioles purchased the contract of first baseman Travis Ishikawa from Triple-A Norfolk and put right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on the paternity list. Gonzalez and his wife just had their first child.

Ishikawa, a Federal Way graduate, was The News Tribune’s All-Area player of the year after hitting .463 for the Eagles in 2002.

Also, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Jason Hammel (stomach virus), a South Kitsap High graduate, could start Friday or Saturday.


Kevin Youkilis needs back surgery and will be out at least 10-12 weeks, and Mark Teixeira returned to the 15-day disabled list (right wrist) for the Yankees. … San Jose is suing Major League Baseball over the Athletics’ pursuit of a new ballpark in the city, claiming MLB is delaying having owners vote on the A’s proposed move to San Jose. ... The Braves placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day DL with a strained right oblique.

McClatchy news services contributed to this report.

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