May 8, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #1 Matt Wieters

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #1 | Matt Wieters | Orioles

Position | Catcher

Bats/Throws | Both/Right

Born | May 21, 1986 (Goose Creek, South Carolina)

| Georgia Tech

| 6'5''

|230 lbs.

2008 Ranking | 30

The Baltimore Orioles selected Matt Wieters in the 1st round (5th overall) in the 2007 draft. In 2008, his first year of professional baseball, he dominated both the Carolina League and Eastern League. In 2009, many thought he'd make the Orioles team out of Spring Training, but instead they chose to send him to Triple-A. He has everything a team looks for in a catcher. He handles the pitchers well and he has a great arm/glove. At the plate, he has outstanding power, makes good contact and shows impeccable discipline and pitch recognition. Many have compared him to Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, but Wieters has the potential to lead all catchers in home runs while Mauer will likely lead in batting average. Wieters should be a #3 hitter in Baltimore, and slowly but surely the state of the Orioles franchise is starting to turn around and Wieters is the main reason why.

2008 Statistics
Level    G    PA    AVG   OBP    SLG   XBH   HR   BB
A+      69   280   .345  .448   .576    23   15   44
AA 61 250 .365 .460 .625 28 12 38

2009 Outlook

Wieters, like David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, began the season in Triple-A. When the Orioles are in the 'clear', they will promote him.


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