Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2012 Gulf Coast League season, with the Pittsburgh Pirates placing four players in the rankings. The four players were Wyatt Mathisen, Dilson Herrera, Tyler Glasnow, and Jin-De Jhang. Scouting reports can be viewed here, and the list for non-subscribers can be seen here.
Mathisen came in ranked 5th on the list. The catcher was drafted this year in the second round, and went on to hit for a .295/.388/.374 line in 139 at-bats. Mathisen has a very good shot at being a two-way catching prospect. Baseball America noted that Mathisen drew praise around the league for his all-around game.
Dilson Herrera was next, ranked number seven. Herrera made the jump to the US this year in his second season of pro ball, after signing in 2010 for $220 K. Per BA, he led the GCL in runs (41), extra-base hits (22), and total bases (96), while ranking second in homers (7), and slugging (.482). His bat makes him a prime candidate to be next year's ...
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