Pittsburgh Pirates Sign 6th Round Draft Pick
After more signings on Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates have now signed 29 of their 42 draft picks
On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed another member of their 2019 draft class. 6th round selection Will Matthiessen is officially a member of the Pirate organization.
Matthiessen’s contract includes a $261,200 signing bonus. This is slightly under slot value. As the 184th pick in the draft, Matthiessen’s slot value was $263,700.
The Stanford product played outfield for the Cardinal. The righty slashed .310/.389/.532 in 59 games as a junior this past season. He hit 12 home runs, 12 doubles, and drove in 52.
Matthiessen’s frame gives him a lot of power potential as a professional. He also possesses a plus arm from the outfield.
During his time in Palo Alto, Matthiessen also pitched for the Cardinal. In 54 innings of work this past season he allowed 48 hits, he walked 19, struck out 56, and posted a 3.83 ERA.
He possesses a low-to-mid 90s fastball. He will also mix in a cutter with good movement. The Pirates could use him as a hitter or a pitcher when he starts to play in their minor league system.
With a 6-foot-7 frame, Matthiessen will have a high ceiling as both a pitcher and an outfielder. As was mentioned above, in the OF his power could really blossom. While, as a pitcher, his height will create a natural downward plane that would work to his advantage. This frame could also give Matthiessen natural deception to his pitches.
Matthiessen was a third-team All-American for Stanford this past season. He was also an all1conference performer in the PAC-12, and was named PAC-12 Player of the Week on April 29th.
The Pirates have now signed 29 of their 42 draft picks. The deadline for players drafted earlier this month to sign with the team that selected them is July 12th.