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Morning Report: Wyatt Mathisen Making Up For Lost Time

Morning Report: Wyatt Mathisen Making Up For Lost Time

Last season, Wyatt Mathisen got an aggressive push from the Pirates, skipping over Jamestown and going right to West Virginia as a 19-year-old catcher. After being drafted in the second round in 2012, Mathisen signed early and went to the GCL. He got into 45 games and hit well, batting .295/.388/.374 in 139 at-bats, while striking out just 19 times. Mathisen needed plenty of work behind the plate, but the Pirates felt he could handle the jump to full-season ball in 2013.

In retrospect, the move to West Virginia so quickly was probably a bad decision. Mathisen started off poorly at the plate and was hitting .185 through May 23rd, with a .466 OPS. He went down with a torn labrum, which kept him out over two months and may have partly contributed to his poor start at the plate. When he returned in August, Mathisen played first in the GCL, then went to Jamestown. He ended up playing 48 games last year, never returning to West Virginia after his injury.

In Spring Training this year, M...

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