Last week I reported that Jin-De Jhang would be moving up to Bradenton, solving the issue of having three catching prospects in West Virginia. That left Reese McGuire and Wyatt Mathisen as the catchers in West Virginia, with a possible time split that would favor McGuire.
When I talked with Mathisen at the end of mini-camp back in January about the possibility of switching positions, he said he was still expecting to be at catcher, and that he hadn't been told by the team that he would be working at another position. That was still the case at the start of Spring Training, and he's still listed as a catcher on the boards at Pirate City. However, Jake Seiner of MiLB.com is reporting that Mathisen will be making a move to third base this year in West Virginia to solve the log-jam at the catcher position.
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