2012 Draft

Wyatt Mathisen Signing Official

Wyatt Mathisen Signing Official

On Saturday I announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates had come to terms with second round pick Wyatt Mathisen. Today, the deal became official, per a Pirates press release. The prep catcher will join the GCL Pirates, who begin their season a week from today.

According to Baseball America, Mathisen signed for $746,300, which is the exact slot amount for the second round pick.

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  • piratemike

    Wow, Signing a draft pick and having him play a full season of rookie ball in the same year….unheard of….

    • Lee Young


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund


    Completely unrelated, but I was thinking about this today. Now, to preface, I’m of the opinion that Hanrahan could supply the team with a decent return given the recent history of trades involving closers of his status. However, hypothetically, if the Pirates are still in the running come the trade deadline…is this a guy you hold onto?

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

      I would never turn down a good trade involving a closer. Guys who can close long term are VERY rare. Most are Thigpen, Gagne, etc. It’s 3 outs and surely the Bucs can find someone else in the bullpen who can get them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

        I definitely agree with you….I suppose I would have to see what the trade is. It would have to involve impact offense and at least the amount of team control the Pirates have left on Hanrahan. I suppose my argument would lie in, if they’re good enough and still look strong to the point where they’re competing around the deadline, wouldn’t it make more sense to go for a, Derek Lee kind of trade rather than a blockbuster deal. I’m well aware of the amount of bullpen depth the Pirates have.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

          Sorry, glitched and couldn’t finish.

          But like I said, if they are competing at that point, wouldn’t it make sense to make a move to bolster the lineup with guy we traded a prospect for, and keep our all-star closer? To reiterate, I’m still open to the idea of a trade, it would just have to be “an offer we couldn’t refuse.”

2012 Draft

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