Rays Digest: You play catcher, shortstop and pitcher. What is your main position? Where position do you see yourself playing in the future?
Wyatt Mathisen: Catcher for sure. There's not a lot of catching in the game right now. I know that catchers can make their way up a lot faster than playing shortstop, and I'm not that fast, so I know catcher is my main spot.
Rays Digest: What would a scouting report on you look like? What is unique about the way you play?
Wyatt Mathisen: I would say my strength, quick hands and the plate, good discipline. I need to work on my catching and perfecting it.
Rays Digest: What is you're the strongest part of your hitting ability?
Wyatt Mathisen: I'm real disciplined at the plate, I won't strike out a lot, I'll draw a lot of walks. I can hit gap-to-gap with a lot of power.
Rays Digest: You committed to Texas very early, in August of 2010. Why did you decide to play at Texas?
Wyatt Mathisen: Just the tradition they have. I know they are always going to be good, I have no doubts in their program, and their coaching is really great.
Rays Digest: What would it take from a professional team for you to decide to skip college and go straight to the pros?
Wyatt Mathisen: I just want to be treated fairly with money and stuff like that. I'm not really worried about the round, but just getting the right amount, enough that I would have to take it to not go to college.
Rays Digest: Is there a team you've grown up dreaming to play for or a player you try to model yourself after?
Wyatt Mathisen: My favorite player is Evan Longoria so I guess the Rays are my favorite team. I just like his swing and how he plays third base, I just do everything I can do to try to be relaxed like his swing and his whole mindset so I'm trying to do the same stuff he does.
Rays Digest: What are you interested in outside of baseball?
Wyatt Mathisen: If I didn't play major league baseball I would want to stay in baseball, go into sports management and be a GM or something like that.
Eric Vander Voort is the Hudson Valley beat writer for Rays Digest You can follow him on Twitter at @ecvandervoort.
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