The 2014 season presented several challenges for 20-year-old Wyatt Mathisen. Not only did he see an aggressive push up to Low A West Virginia, but also saw a position switch.
When the Pirates drafted Mathisen out of high school in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft, the original plan was to have Mathisen play catcher. Because of the logjam of catching in the Pirates system, the Pirates moved Mathisen to third base. Mathisen’s athleticism and arm strength made him a good candidate for the position switch. It also helped that he spent a lot of time shortstop in high school. Mathisen played 84 games at third base this season, and his manager, Michael Ryan, was encouraged by the results.
“He has done so much better than what I thought he was going to do at third base and what the organizat...
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