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 ret...

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