Mathisen Named South Texas Pro Player of the Year

Calallen product was 2019 MiLB.com Arizona Organization All-Star

Wyatt Mathisen rounds the bases after hitting a home run at Greater Nevada Field in Reno. (Courtesy: Calvert Photography)

By Dan Reiner / Corpus Christi Hooks | December 20, 2019 11:12 AM

CORPUS CHRISTI - Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Wyatt Mathisen is the Mike Adams South Texas Professional Player of the Year, Hooks General Manager Wes Weigle announced Friday.

Mathisen's 2019 season will be recognized at the 16th annual South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet on Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m. at the Ortiz Center. Tickets are on sale now for $55 at the Whataburger Field Box Office or by phone at 361-561-4665.

The 25-year-old returns for his fourth South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet honor after earning Preseason All-Star nods from 2010-'12 as a shortstop and pitcher for the Calallen Wildcats.

Originally a 2012 second-round draft pick (69th overall) of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mathisen signed a Minor League contract with the D-backs prior to 2019 and enjoyed his most prolific offensive season as a professional.

The Corpus Christi native swatted a career-best 23 home runs with 61 RBIs in 87 games as the primary third baseman for the Triple-A Reno Aces, in addition to eight rehab games with the AZL Diamondbacks in which he hit .348 with three RBIs. He ranked among D-backs organizational leaders in homers (4th), RBIs (7th), runs (T-7th, 76) and extra-base hits (8th, 46) en route to being named an MiLB.com Arizona Organization All-Star.

Mathisen was named Arizona's Minor League Player of the Month for June after hitting .348 with five doubles, 11 homers and 28 RBIs while tallying 25 runs and 15 walks, good for a .459 on-base percentage. An injury in July caused him to miss much of the remainder of the season.

At Calallen, Mathisen was a member of the 2010 and 2011 state runners-up and was named to the state 4A All-Tournament team in 2011.

Mathisen will be joined on the South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet stage by lifetime achievement award winner Bobby Cuellar, local collegiate players and top high school baseball and softball coaches.

The event will also recognize preseason high school all-stars, featuring 57 student-athletes from 25 area high schools. Read more on the teams: Small School Softball | Large School Softball | Small School Baseball | Large School Baseball.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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