The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with second round pick Wyatt Mathisen, Pirates Prospects has learned. Mathisen, a prep catcher, had a commitment to the University of Texas. However, he will be turning that down to start his pro career with the Pirates. He’s expected to be part of the growing list of names who will report to Bradenton on Monday to officially sign.

Mathisen is a potential two-way catcher. He’s very athletic, enough that his high school coach used him as a shortstop, rather than behind the plate. He’s got a strong arm and has the ability to be a good defensive catcher. The Pirates saw him in his limited time behind the plate, and like him as a catcher going forward.

Offensively, Mathisen has good bat speed and good strength, with the ability to hit for average and power down the line. He’s also got above-average speed for a catcher.

No word yet on his bonus amount. The slot price for the pick is $746,300.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Mathisen is my favorite non-Appel pick. Gives the pirates the chance to grow their own Buster Posey.

  2. Tim, What are the chances for Rider, Kent St, signing. I really like this kid. He plays the game hard and can hit the ball. Second baseman of the future or a super utility player….

  3. I have a good feeling about the Pirates’ negotiating. I feel we may sign a few of the 1-10 round guys well below slot. Hopefully we don’t throw all that money at Appel and Boras.
    I wouldn’t mind signing Appel, but the price should be reasonable and not too much above slot. The way our team is performing right now and the farm system is shaping up I reckon this will also help a lot to draw players to Pittsburgh. Thankfully these are exciting times to cheer on the Buccos again!

  4. Under the new CBA, Mathisen’s signing bonus is nearly as important as his signing of the contract!

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