The Giants signed infielder Wyatt Mathisen to a minor league deal, according to MLB.com’s official transactions page. Mathisen was in the lineup last night for Triple-A Sacramento, going 2-for-4 with a double in his organizational debut.
The Mariners released Mathisen on Friday, so it wasn’t a long stint in free agency. The Giants represent Mathisen’s fourth team within the last four months, as he began the season with the Diamondbacks and was subsequently moved to the Rays and Mariners in trades. The 27-year-old’s only big league playing time this year came in Arizona, as he had only a .445 OPS over 51 plate appearances. Originally a second-round pick for the Pirates in the 2012 draft, Mathisen made his MLB debut last season, hitting .222/.364/.444 over 33 PA with the D’backs.
Mathisen has strong numbers (.251/.359/.474 with 37 homers in 824 PA) at the Triple-A level over his career, and given the Giants’ penchant for unlocking potential in less-heralded players, it can’t be ruled out that some of this production could translate over to the majors. Mathisen also adds to San Francisco’s multi-positional depth, as he has played mostly third base but also has some experience at first and second base in recent years.