Wyatt Mathisen, taken in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, fractured his foot yesterday when a hitter bunted a ball off Mathisen's foot while catching. Fortunately it was only a small fracture, which should only keep him out of action for a week or two. Mathisen was walking in a boot today at Pirate City.
"Yesterday it was really sore, but today it's feeling a lot better," Mathisen said.
The catcher is off to a good start to his pro career, hitting for a .308/.391/.385 line in the Gulf Coast League.
"It's hard to go out when you're hitting pretty good. You don't want to get out of that groove or anything," Mathisen said of the timing of the injury.
Mathisen was drafted out of high school as a catcher, taken in the second round on day two of the draft. He was rated by some outlets as a top 50 overall draft prospect. The Pirates ended up signing him for the slot price of $746,300, getting him away from a commitment to the University of Texas.
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