Pirates Agree to Terms with Wyatt Mathisen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with second round pick Wyatt Mathisen, Pirates Prospects has learned. Mathisen, a prep catcher, had a commitment to the University of Texas. However, he will be turning that down to start his pro career with the Pirates. He’s expected to be part of the growing list of names who will report to Bradenton on Monday to officially sign.

Mathisen is a potential two-way catcher. He’s very athletic, enough that his high school coach used him as a shortstop, rather than behind the plate. He’s got a strong arm and has the ability to be a good defensive catcher. The Pirates saw him in his limited time behind the plate, and like him as a catcher going forward.

Offensively, Mathisen has good bat speed and good strength, with the ability to hit for average and power down the line. He’s also got above-average speed for a catcher.

No word yet on his bonus amount. The slot price for the pick is $746,300.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • szielinski

    Under the new CBA, Mathisen’s signing bonus is nearly as important as his signing of the contract!

  • HamburgBucco

    I have a good feeling about the Pirates’ negotiating. I feel we may sign a few of the 1-10 round guys well below slot. Hopefully we don’t throw all that money at Appel and Boras.
    I wouldn’t mind signing Appel, but the price should be reasonable and not too much above slot. The way our team is performing right now and the farm system is shaping up I reckon this will also help a lot to draw players to Pittsburgh. Thankfully these are exciting times to cheer on the Buccos again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.s.myers Robert S. Myers

    Tim, What are the chances for Rider, Kent St, signing. I really like this kid. He plays the game hard and can hit the ball. Second baseman of the future or a super utility player….

    • http://twitter.com/Spazaru Murray Passarieu

      He’s a senior so if he wants to play pro ball, he signs!

  • Kevin_Creagh

    Mathisen is my favorite non-Appel pick. Gives the pirates the chance to grow their own Buster Posey.