2022 Phuture Phillies #12 Prospect: Griff McGarry

Griff McGarry is the Phuture Phillies’ Readers’ #12 Pick. 

Griffin Thomas McGarry was born in San Francisco, California.  His parents are Brian McGarry and Lorraine McDonough.  His older brother played two years at Vanderbilt and two years at Santa Clara.  Griff attended Menlo School and was drafted as a prep player by Texas in 2017 but chose to attend college.

2014-2017: McGarry competed in 2016 Area Code Games and was a member of the 2016 Central Coast Section championship team as a junior.

McGarry was team captain of the 2017 Central Coast Section championship team his senior year.  He was also named the 2017 Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division Player of the Year, the 2017 Peninsula/South Bay Player of the Year (by San Francisco Chronicle), the 2017 Prep2Prep Central Coast Section Senior of the Year, the 2017 MaxPreps California Small Schools Player of the Year, the 2017 MaxPreps Small Schools First-Team All-American and Small Schools First-Team All-State, and the 2017 Honorable Mention All-American and Perfect Game First-Team All-Region by Perfect Game.

McGarry was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 31st round of the 2017 Amateur Draft and opted to attend UVA.

2018: McGarry made 11 appearances, 2 starts as a freshman.  He went 0-2 with an 8.15 ERA and one, three-inning save.  In 17.2 innings and 91 batters faced, he walked 16 (17.6%) and struck out 22 (24.2%).

McGarry pitched for Keene in the summer New England Collegiate League where he made 11 appearances, 3 starts.  He went 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA.  In 30.2 innings and 132 batters faced, he walked 20 (15.2%) and struck out 55 (41.7%).

2019: As a sophomore, McGarry made 13 appearances, 11 starts primarily on the weekend.  He went 3-5 with a 4.56 ERA.  In 53.1 innings and 256 batters faced, he walked 54 (21.1%) and struck out 64 (25.0%).  Had a team-high four quality starts.  He struck out a career-high nine batters in six innings in his second start of the season, a two-hitter against Villanova.  Against then #4 NC State, he struck out the first four batters he faced and five of the first six en route to an eight-strikeout performance over 4.2 innings.

McGarry pitched for Hyannis in the Cape Cod League.  He made just 3 appearances, one start, and went 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA.  In 5.1 innings and 24 batters, he walked 4 (16.7%) and struck out 8 (33.3%).

2020: Before the pandemic shut down his junior season, McGarry made 4 starts as the Friday night starter and went 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA.  In 20 innings and 85 batters, he walked 19 (22.0%) and struck out 31 (36.5%).  He allowed only three earned runs in the four starts and combined for a shutout in the season-opener against Oklahoma.  He struck out a team-best 31 batters and held opponents to a .079 batting average (the lowest in the ACC).  He allowed a conference-low five hits and 2.25 hits per nine innings, the fourth-lowest in the NCAA. He struck out a career-high 12 batters in a one-run, no-hit six innings against Dartmouth.

2021: During his senior season, McGarry made 14 appearances, 11 starts.  He posted a 0-5 record and 5.44 ERA.  In 43.0 innings and 201 batters, he walked 42 (20.2%) and struck out 69 (34.3%).  He finished strong, throwing 7.0 shutout innings against Dallas Baptist in Game 2 of the Super Regional and took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his College World Series debut against eventual champion Mississippi.

McGarry was drafted in the fifth round of the 2021 Amateur Draft, 145th overall, by the Phillies.

In a local article by the Daily Journal, “McGarry said he was a bit surprised to be drafted by the Phillies. He’d had some contact with Phillies area scout Kellan McKeon a few years back, he said. But it had been long enough that Monday’s draft call seemed out of the blue.”

2021: McGarry made his pro debut on August 6th with Clearwater.  After 5 appearances, he was promoted to Jersey Shore.  Across both levels, he made 8 appearances, 4 starts.  He posted a 1-0 record, one save, and a 2.96 ERA.  In 24.1 innings and 100 batters, he walked 14 (14.0%) and struck out 43 (43.0%).

FanGraphs numerical ranking of McGarry includes 2021/and projected.

Fastball Slider Changeup Command FV
55 / 60 55 / 60 60 / 60 30 / 35 35+

It seems apparent that McGarry’s value will hinge on his command.  A good sign is that his walk rate as a pro was his lowest since he started college in 2014 and his strikeout rate was his highest.  Another good thing to consider is that the Phillies have a highly regarded “pitcher whisperer” working with their pitchers in Pat Robles.

4 thoughts on “2022 Phuture Phillies #12 Prospect: Griff McGarry

  1. Who would you compare McGarry with as a pitcher? Wasn’t too impressed with his stat history but his numerical stats seem impressive. He is my enigma.

    1. Denny…looks like a closer in the long run.
      But assume the Phillies will try him as a starter for this season, then see how that turns out. If I recall, Seranthony was a starter until early on at CLW, then the shoulder issues popped up.
      McGarry could be a lights out closer with his three main pitches..FB, CB and SLDR.
      Think he should try getting his change-up to a better level….and just pick between the CB or SLDR.
      Joe Kerrigan once said pitches who try to throw both CBs and SLDRs end up just having a mediocre of each.
      And I can see some of a Ken Giles mold in him.

  2. He has at least three potentially 60 pitches. That’s HUGE and very rare in a college 5th round draft pick. If he can improve his command to like 45, you’re looking at a #3 starter or a late inning reliever if his FB plays up in the bp.

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