The Pittsburgh Pirates looked like they had a roster crunch at the catcher position in the lower levels heading into the 2014 season.
2013 first round pick Reese McGuire was expected to make the jump to full season ball in West Virginia. Wyatt Mathisen started the 2013 season in West Virginia, but suffered a partially torn labrum early in the season, and was out of action by the end of April. His numbers struggled in his time at the level, and he never made it back once healthy. Jin-De Jhang had a strong season in Jamestown, with the options for 2014 being West Virginia, or an aggressive push to Bradenton.
The Pirates will be taking that aggressive route, skipping Jhang over West Virginia and sending him to Bradenton. Jhang played with the Bradenton squad today, and confirmed to me after the game that he will be in Bradenton this year. McGuire caught for West Virginia, with Mathisen playing DH. Both are slated to start the season in West Virginia, and the playing time will probab...
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