On Tuesday we learned that Wyatt Mathisen would be making the move from behind the plate to third base in West Virginia during the 2014 season. That move is largely due to the presence of top catching prospect Reese McGuire. The Pirates drafted McGuire in the first round this past season, and he will see the bulk of the defensive work behind the plate.
The Pirates wanted to get Mathisen everyday at-bats. They also didn't think his defense behind the plate would come along if he was only catching two days per week. So they moved him to third base, which is a more natural position for him.
"Obviously he was a shortstop in high school, so it made all the sense in the world to get him over there, get him back where he's comfortable, and just let him play," Pirates' farm director Larry Broadway said.
Mathisen played mostly shortstop in high school, but the Pirates liked him as a catcher. When he was drafted, they didn't have McGuire in the system. It also didn't help that Mathisen ...
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