Pirates close out top 5 with JuCo righty
The Pirates had gotten their portion of Day 2 underway by selecting Texas high-school catcher Wyatt Mathisen with their second round pick, the overall No. 69 selection.
Mathisen, from Corpus Christi, is part of the Texas Longhorns’ highly-touted recruiting class. Although drafted as a catcher, the 18-year-old has played other positions and, in fact, logged more games this season at short than behind the plate.The Pirates followed up that pick with the third-round selection of right-hander Jonathan Sandfort at No. 103. Sandfort, from Winter Springs (FL) High School, towers 6-foot-5 and weighs 220 pounds and is just developing the power arm you’d expect of someone that size. In the fourth round, the Bucs went back to the outfield college ranks, taking Georgia Tech center fielder Brandon Thomas at No. 136. The 21-year-old is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound switch hitter who was a 37th round pick in 2009 out of high school by the Rockies.
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