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Birth Date5-21-1986
Height6' 5"
Weight235 lbs
Age32 years, 8 months, 2 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2009 BAL 23 96 385 102 15 1 9 28 86 1 0 0 .288 .340 .412 94 -0.7 -5.1 0.3 1.1
2010 BAL 24 130 502 111 22 1 11 47 94 2 0 1 .249 .319 .377 94 -1.0 -0.8 15.5 3.7
2011 BAL 25 139 551 131 28 0 22 48 84 2 1 0 .262 .328 .450 118 14.5 -2.2 24.5 6.4
2012 BAL 26 144 593 131 27 1 23 60 112 4 3 0 .249 .329 .435 110 10.7 -5.6 9.1 4.1
2013 BAL 27 148 579 123 29 0 22 43 104 0 2 0 .235 .287 .417 103 4.8 0.7 -0.5 3.1
2014 BAL 28 26 112 32 5 0 5 6 19 0 0 1 .308 .339 .500 128 4.0 -0.2 -0.9 0.8
2015 BAL 29 75 282 69 14 1 8 21 67 0 0 0 .267 .319 .422 92 -1.5 -1.3 0.2 0.8
2016 BAL 30 124 464 103 17 1 17 32 85 5 1 0 .244 .302 .409 99 1.3 -1.4 4.0 2.5
2017 WAS 31 123 465 95 20 0 10 38 94 1 1 0 .225 .288 .344 80 -9.6 -1.7 -10.4 0.0
2018 WAS 32 76 271 56 8 0 8 30 45 3 0 1 .238 .330 .374 111 4.6 -0.8 -4.0 1.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2008 FRD A+ 69 280 .256 .328 .385 .381 104 22.9 8.3 2.5 156 2 3.3 -1.7 20.2 3.3
2008 BOW AA 61 250 .266 .336 .415 .383 103 23.4 8.0 2.5 151 2 1.4 0.6 18.3 3.1
2009 BAL MLB 96 385 .264 .333 .416 .356 107 -4.8 11.1 5.2 94 19 0.3 -5.1 -0.7 1.1
2009 NOR AAA 39 163 .267 .330 .406 .358 104 7 4.8 1.3 121 2 -0.3 0.3 4.6 1.0
2010 BAL MLB 130 502 .258 .322 .400 .287 112 -9.7 13.8 8 94 14 15.5 -0.8 -1.0 3.7
2011 BAL MLB 139 551 .251 .316 .395 .276 106 1.5 14.9 8.4 118 13 24.5 -2.2 14.5 6.4
2012 BAL MLB 144 593 .250 .312 .408 .274 104 2.8 16.2 8.5 110 11 9.1 -5.6 10.7 4.1
2013 BAL MLB 148 579 .255 .317 .407 .247 99 1.2 15.2 8.5 103 17 -0.5 0.7 4.8 3.1
2014 BAL MLB 26 112 .264 .318 .411 .329 101 5.7 2.9 1.2 128 21 -0.9 -0.2 4.0 0.8
2015 BAL MLB 75 282 .253 .311 .414 .328 108 -0.9 7.6 2.6 92 16 0.2 -1.3 -1.5 0.8
2015 BOW AA 3 13 .236 .286 .345 .167 103 -0.8 0.3 0.2 95 4 0.0 -0.2 0.0 0.0
2015 NOR AAA 2 6 .310 .361 .418 .500 98 2.2 0.2 0 123 6 0.0 -0.9 0.2 -0.1
2016 BAL MLB 124 464 .252 .315 .417 .265 108 -7.3 13.1 7.6 99 15 4.0 -1.4 1.3 2.5
2017 WAS MLB 123 465 .259 .327 .434 .264 97 -18.1 13.6 8.1 80 15 -10.4 -1.7 -9.6 0.0
2018 WAS MLB 76 271 .245 .319 .400 .261 99 -3.4 7.6 4.4 111 15 -4.0 -0.8 4.6 1.2
2018 POT A+ 1 4 .262 .323 .348 .333 99 0.5 0.1 0.1 78 3 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2018 HAR AA 2 7 .238 .327 .379 .250 104 -0.2 0.2 0.1 106 6 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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2008 FRD A+ 280 229 48 79 8 0 15 132 40 44 47 1 2 .345 .453 .576 .231 1 1
2008 BOW AA 250 208 41 76 14 2 12 130 51 38 29 1 0 .365 .466 .625 .260 0 0
2009 NOR AAA 163 141 25 43 9 2 5 71 30 20 30 0 0 .305 .391 .504 .199 0 0
2009 BAL MLB 385 354 35 102 15 1 9 146 43 28 86 0 0 .288 .340 .412 .124 2 0
2010 BAL MLB 502 446 37 111 22 1 11 168 55 47 94 0 1 .249 .319 .377 .128 7 0
2011 BAL MLB 551 500 72 131 28 0 22 225 68 48 84 1 0 .262 .328 .450 .188 1 0
2012 BAL MLB 593 526 67 131 27 1 23 229 83 60 112 3 0 .249 .329 .435 .186 3 0
2013 BAL MLB 579 523 59 123 29 0 22 218 79 43 104 2 0 .235 .287 .417 .182 12 1
2014 BAL MLB 112 104 13 32 5 0 5 52 18 6 19 0 1 .308 .339 .500 .192 2
2015 BAL MLB 282 258 24 69 14 1 8 109 25 21 67 0 0 .267 .319 .422 .155 3 0
2015 NOR AAA 6 5 2 3 0 0 1 6 1 1 0 0 0 .600 .667 1.200 .600 0 0
2015 BOW AA 13 11 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 .182 .231 .182 .000 1 0
2016 BAL MLB 464 423 48 103 17 1 17 173 66 32 85 1 0 .244 .302 .409 .165 3 1
2017 WAS MLB 465 422 43 95 20 0 10 145 52 38 94 1 0 .225 .288 .344 .118 4 0
2018 HAR AA 7 6 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 .167 .286 .333 .167 0 0
2018 POT A+ 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 0 0
2018 WAS MLB 271 235 24 56 8 0 8 88 30 30 45 0 1 .238 .330 .374 .136 2 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 1557 0.4939 0.4689 0.7589 0.6541 0.2881 0.8211 0.6211 0.2411 0.0052
2010 1945 0.4853 0.4293 0.8096 0.5742 0.2927 0.8690 0.6997 0.1904 0.0087
2011 2088 0.4962 0.4722 0.8053 0.6554 0.2918 0.8616 0.6808 0.1947 0.0049
2012 2278 0.4829 0.4644 0.7788 0.6500 0.2912 0.8378 0.6560 0.2212 0.0017
2013 2263 0.4967 0.4861 0.7982 0.6744 0.3003 0.8470 0.6901 0.2018 -0.0040
2014 404 0.4827 0.4975 0.8159 0.6923 0.3158 0.8963 0.6515 0.1841 0.0030
2015 1170 0.4615 0.4641 0.7459 0.6407 0.3127 0.8150 0.6244 0.2541 -0.0070
2016 1670 0.4928 0.5078 0.7618 0.6926 0.3282 0.8140 0.6547 0.2382 0.0000
2017 1763 0.5043 0.4844 0.7916 0.6772 0.2883 0.8472 0.6587 0.2084 0.0000
2018 1062 0.4661 0.4520 0.8292 0.6505 0.2787 0.8975 0.6899 0.1708 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-28 2014-08-28 On-Alr 0 0 Bilateral Surgery LASIK 2014-08-28
2014-05-11 - 60-DL - - Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2014-06-16 -
2014-05-07 2014-05-08 DTD 1 1 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament - -
2014-04-21 2014-04-23 DTD 2 2 Right Forearm Strain - -
2014-03-12 2014-03-19 Camp 7 0 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2012-07-27 2012-07-29 DTD 2 2 Right Upper Arm Contusion Biceps - -
2012-04-28 2012-04-29 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2011-08-31 2011-09-01 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Cramp Quadriceps - -
2011-07-23 2011-07-24 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2011-03-12 2011-03-13 Camp 1 0 Right Thumb Soreness -
2010-07-10 2010-07-25 15-DL 15 11 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-05-21 2010-05-22 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Contusion -
2009-04-18 2009-04-23 Minors 5 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -


Year Team Salary
2018 WAS $10,500,000
2017 WAS $10,500,000
2016 BAL $15,800,000
2015 BAL $8,300,000
2014 BAL $7,700,000
2013 BAL $5,500,000
2012 BAL $500,000
2011 BAL $452,250
2010 BAL $400,000
9 yrPrevious$59,652,250
9 yrTotal$59,652,250


Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 129 dBoras Corp.1 year/$10.5M (2017), 2018 option

  • 1 year/$10.5M (2017), plus 2018 player option. Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/17. 17:$10.5M, 18:$10.5M player option. $5M in salary is deferred, to be paid 2021. Wieters exercised 2018 option 11/17.
  • 1 year/$15.8M (2016). Accepted qualifying offer from Baltimore 11/13/15.
  • 1 year/$8.3M (2015). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$7.7M (2014). Re-signed by Baltimore 2/6/14 (avoided arbitration, $8.75M-$6.5M). Award bonuses, including $75,000 for All Star.
  • 1 year/$5.5M (2013). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2012). Renewed by Baltimore 3/10/12.
  • 1 year/$452,250 (2011). Re-signed by Baltimore 2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Renewed by Baltimore 3/9/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Baltimore 5/29/09.
  • Drafted by Baltimore 2007 (1-5) (Georgia Tech). Signed 8/15/07. $6M signing bonus (largest-ever up-front signing bonus).

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10 vs L (Multi) .250 .311 .405 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .251 .307 .422 ?
11 vs U (Multi) .000 .000 .000 ?
18 Split (Multi) .001 -.004 .017 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.012 -.001 -.003 ?
30 vs L (2016) .231 .304 .346 ?
31 vs R (2016) .248 .303 .431 ?
31 vs U (2016) .000 .000 .000 ?
38 Split (2016) .018 -.002 .085 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) -.014 .000 -.009 ?

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2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)None of the Matt Wieters memes as a prospect remotely mentioned his bunting for base hit abilities
(Craig from DC)
PECOTA's biggest failing is not projecting bunt hit %s in playoffs. (Nick Schaefer)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Stephen Vogt a top 5 catcher in 2016?
(Kyle from Atlanta)
No, I don't think so. Posey, Lucroy, Gomes, Mesoraco (potentially), Martin, and Grandal are still preferable options for me. Maybe even Matt Wieters, if he proves healthy. Vogt can hit, though, that's for sure. If it's an OBP league, I do think Vogt could be considered top five. (J.P. Breen)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Mike,12tean H2H ,hr, r, RBI,ave,sb ,xbh.Need a push Wieters has had a off season,available are R. Martin,Avila,Y.Gomes.Looking for a fix.Thanks
(Chesty from New Bern,NC)
Hiya Chesty.

I probably like Wieters more than you do, but of those guys I'd be fine with taking Russell Martin over Matt Wieters. Martin has almost 10 steals (he has 9) and the power numbers are relatively close to Wieters'. I have no problem pulling the trigger there (although keep in mind that Martin goes through BA droughts).

Alex Avila's hot right now but I don't like buying in the middle of the streak. Yan Gomes will get more PT with Mark Reynolds' DFA, but I still am not convinced he's going to be a full timer. Try Martin. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Writing this Monday afternoon, and as of now, The Mariners have played 33 games, a half-dozen have played 32, most have played 31 or 30, and then there are the White Sox (29), Mets (28), Indians (28), Royals (27) and Twins (27). How much do you value the extra games, the games not yet played, that guys on those last few teams still have in front of them? In other words, taking an otherwise neutral trade (i.e., Matt Wieters (32 games played for the Orioles so far) for Joe Mauer, or something), how much should those games matter?
(Matt Trueblood from Fridley, MN)
Not much at all. It's five games, probably 3-5% of a catcher's seasons and you have no idea how they'll fare (or if they'll even play those games). It'd have to be 10+ to start mattering. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of career path do you envision for Matt Wieters from here on out?
(Stan from Milwaukee)
More of the same probably. Wieters isn't a switch-hitting Joe Mauer but he is a quality backstop. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)Couple of trade questions: My team: Rosario, Howard, Altuve, Frazier, Rollins, Cuddyer, A. Jones, B.Upton, De Aza. Bench: Carpenter, Rutledge, Hicks, Olt, Puig, Soler, Baez Rotation:Wainwright, Burnett, Harvey, E. Jackson, Jose Fernandez Bench: Cole, Hultzen, Gausman, Hammel I give up: Rollins and Altuve I get: Chase Headley(Trying to get Taveras included) I give up: Rollins, Mariano Rivera, Olt I get: Matt Wieters, Wil Myers Which trade if any do I move on? I would move Rutledge into the SS position, then I would move Carpenter into 2B. If I make either move.
(Mr. Slate from Bedrock)
Hi Slate:

I don't like the first trade at all. Headley is ahead of his timetable and could be back in a couple of weeks, but even if Headley does what he did in 2012, Jimmy Rollins OR Jose Altuve aren't that much worse and you're giving up both. Oscar Taveras obviously helps, but unless you're playing for 2014 or unless you know you can flip him for another player if you're gunning for it, this is a risky move. The second trade has some of the same problems. Rollins is probably better than Wieters and you're giving up Mariano as well. I don't know what your "dump" culture is like: that is to say, how players like Myers and Taveras are valued by teams playing for next year. If you think you can flip Taveras or Myers later for more in this year talent to push yourself to victory, then do it. If you can't and you're just making this trade for stats, hold off. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Whatever happened to Matt Wieters? Is the potential for a breakout still there, or has he regressed?
(Rob from Brighton, MA)
I'll say this about Wieters because I get this question a lot. I love Wieters. I love the player he is today, even if he doesn't get any better. He's a well above-average glove with an above-average bat for the position. That's a hell of a player. That said, I think he will improve at the plate and offer even more value to the Orioles. (Jason Parks)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat today. After a poor showing last year is there hope for some value in Devin Mesoraco this season? Also do the Rockies still plan on that horrible idea of limiting starters to 75 pitches?
(Tommy from Flowmont)
You're welcome, thank you for joining! Catching prospects are poor fantasy investments. Even the can't-missiest of can't misses Matt Wieters has been underwhelming from a fantasy perspective. There is so much to their development that isn't related to hitting that they often take a while to fully develop. There are exceptions like Wilin Rosario but that's because he plays in Coors and doesn't actually know how to catch. The rule is that prospect catchers aren't worth it *cough* D'Arnaud *cough*. Re: the Rockies, I'm not sure. Walt Weiss is a complete unknown at this point. If so, it really limits any upside guys like Chacin, de la Rosa or Nicasio might have. (Paul Sporer)
2012-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you rank the top 5 catchers for the rest of 2012 in an obp league?
(Jim from NY)
1- Buster Posey
2- Joe Mauer
3- Yadier Molina
4- Brian McCann
5- Mike Napoli

Miguel Montero and Matt Wieters could easily jump into the mix. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-04-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Jesus Montero now having Catcher eligibility in Yahoo leagues, is there a better offensive catcher in the Bigs?
(The Coach from Wisconsin)
Of course. Have you seen Matt Wieters this year? The man is becoming the monster. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What player will Mike Trout most resemble (in terms of production) over the next 2-3 years? When will the Angels be forced to make him an everyday OF for the big club?
(Andre from Houston)
I am as optimistic as anyone about Trout's future, but how often have we seen guys come up and take longer to make adjustments than we had expected? Probably not the best example, but how many people called Matt Wieters a bust when he didn't hit .300/.400/.500 in 2010? (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which catcher would currently score a larger deal on an open market, Joe Mauer or Matt Wieters?
(Sam from Columbia, SC)
Tough question. Mauer is the better hitter even if he never approaches his 2009 level - he's got 43 points of career True Average on Wieters (.305 to .260), but he's also three years older and already starting to break down physically. Meanwhile, Wieters has developed into a solid player but hardly the star many (BP as well as prospect mavens elsewhere) predicted he would be. I don't think either would get a bank-breaking Yadier-esque deal if they were suddenly free agents. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In defense of Matt Wieters, what constitutes a "star," exactly? How many WARs is that? Because if Wieters plays this year just a tiny bit better than last year, that's another Brian McCann.
(Christopher from Tennessee)
Wieters has one good year as an above-average player under his belt; last year he was worth 3.4 WARP, via a .266 True Average and slightly above-average defense in his age 25 season. Brian McCann is 28 and has five seasons out of six of at least 3.5 WARP and a .266 TAv under his belt, with an average of 4.0 WARP. Year in and year out, he delivers that kind of value. THAT is a star. If Wieters can develop into a consistent 3-4 win player, we can call him that, too, but he's got to maintain that level. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have for 2012 -- Matt Wieters, Carlos Santana or Buster Posey?
(lukejackson10 from Baltimore )
Assuming we're talking fantasy, I'd say Santana, who has demonstrated the most power as well as the versatility to stay in the lineup when he's not catching. I prefer Posey as a receiver if we're talking about real-world applications, though. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-08-26 16:00:00 (link to chat)How much say did the Braves have in the divorce with TBS? So many of the younger players in today's game grew up as Braves fans (David Price, Matt Wieters, etc.) due to them being on television nationwide. It seems like they must have lost a big national following by not being on the 'Superstation' anymore. It has to hurt in recruiting free agents in the future, as well. Guys typically want to play for their childhood team.
(Chris from Alabama)
It's impossible to tell whether the break from TBS had a positive or negative effect on Braves fans for a variety of reasons. I saw a poll on a few months ago that had us ranked as the third-most popular team in baseball. We have great fans and Braves country reaches far across America and into foreign nations. (John Coppolella)
2011-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Come clean Steven, we see what's going on here. We all know you are trying to start a celebrity feud with Matt Wieters for the publicity. So when does the album drop?
(delasky from Austin, TX)
I'm really not at all, and I have great respect for every major-league player. I've heard that Wieters is not that happy with me, and I understand that. At the same time, what I was trying to ask was simply, "Is it time to abandon the superstar expectations we had for the guy based on his amateur and minor-league showings?" That has somehow been interpreted as being a condemnation of what the guy IS accomplishing, which is not my intention at all. What I do find odd is that some now seem to claim that they and the Orioles would have been happy with a 99 OPS+-hitting glove man, which is just a lie. That's not what you hope for with the fifth overall pick in the draft, especially when that guy rips through the minors hitting .340 with power. (Steven Goldman)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Buck Showalter has commented recently on the number of third strike foul tips Matt Wieters has caught for a strikeout. He uses it as evidence that Wieters is a superior defensive catcher. Are you aware of any analysis of catchers and third strike foul tips? Does anyone even keep track of them? Are such plays included in ratings of catchers' defense?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Hasn't been analyzed or included in any catcher defense ratings, to my knowledge, but it's an interesting question, and one well worth looking into. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I kept Matt Wieters in my keeper league on the hope that he busts out this year. With out getting into the numbers does PECOTA think i'm smart or an idiot?
(Allen from Salt Lake)
I haven't seen any long-term forecasts, but for this year, somewhere in between; he's projected to be a slightly-above-average hitter, which is nothing to sneeze at from a catcher. Obviously, there's breakout potential, but this ain't 2009, folks. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Need a 2nd opinion on this trade: Cliff Lee, Nick Swisher, Hank Conger for David Price, Aaron Hill and Matt Wieters.
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I'm just going to use this as an example. People -- I have no problem evaluating fantasy trades, but you need to tell me how your team is set up, what type of league it is, etc. Otherwise I have no idea. All trades need context to be properly valued. (Eric Seidman)
2010-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)One thing that's always bugged me about minor league translations is how harsh they seem to be, and even someone succeeding at a young age at a high level is often translated to be a barely useful player. An obvious exception to this is Matt Wieters. Anyway, what would someone have to hit in low A to project to be Pujols in the majors? .600/.850/1.450?
(Mahasamatman from Celestial City)
Well, that's all based on historic data of how well they've done. It's not that we don't like minor leaguers. And I'm not even sure that would do it. (Colin Wyers)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)You before John Wall? BOLD.
(Phil from Case Western High)
I make John Wall look like Matt Wieters. (Eric Seidman)
2010-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Wieters: Not great or not the greatest?
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
Batting .354/.448/.521 in his last 15 games with more walks than strikeouts. I haven't given up yet. But, hey, projecting minor leaguers is hard, isn't it? (Tommy Bennett)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm starting to get a little bit of a bust vibe from Matt Wieters. Do you still think he will become a franchise player ala close to Joe Mauer?
(Tooky from Golden State)
I think Daniel Gilbert might have tried to curse the Baltimore Ravens for skipping town, but instead his black magic missed and he hit the Orioles. I'm not touching that team until their horrific luck stops. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Orioles fan. Nobody in the majors is performing. Nobody in the minors is performing. I know they won't always be this bad, but realistically, when is the earliest they could contend? Last year pundits thought it was 2011/2012, but now that seems ridiculous. Will I have to wait until a salary cap is implemented or Angelos sells the team?
(Dan from Maryland)
This has been pretty much a lost year, as just about all of the key youngsters on whom the Orioles' future hinges has taken a step backwards - Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman... In retrospect, I think the team waited too long to pull the plug on Dave Trembley, because the situation has just festered, but keep in mind the Orioles' poor standing also has to do with the fact that the other four teams in the division are especially strong; the O's are 8-25 (.242) against them, which is worse than the 1962 Mets' pace.

In terms of contention, I think a lot depends upon whom they hire as a manager. Buck Showalter might be able to get them playing respectable baseball by sometime next year, but contention will take some front office smarts, and I'm not sure the guy who signed Garrett Atkins need apply. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)So if you're downgrading Adam Jones a little, what do you make of Matt Wieters? I'm trying to figure out of this is the last moment to try and acquire him in a keeper league and, if so, how much to pay and what to expect. Thanks for the chat!
(Rob from Alaska)
I think you have to downgrade Wieters too. But he's only got about 600 major league PAs, and he's in his age 24 season. The question is always the price, and at this point I think you could get a decent bargain for him. The power will slowly develop and he'll become more valuable over time. His frame is still big and he can grow into the homers. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)We're approaching 40 games into the season, and the shock of the O's dismal start is starting to fade, and now I can't help but feel bitter. Wasn't this the year they were supposed to make it to .500, beginning an upward trend for at least a few years? Can you help me make sense of it all?
(tmcghan from Bay Area, CA)
Well, losing Brian Roberts for a couple of months is a major blow, but you're right, there's some disconcerting stuff going on there, such as Adam Jones' chilly start, the odd shipment of Nolan Reimold to Triple-A, and the inexplicable continuing presence of Garret Atkins. Still, Matt Wieters is making progress, as is Brian Matusz, and Chris Tillman appears to be coming around at Triple-A. Just remember that a turnaround for an organization with such a back history of losing takes time, and probably a change at the helm -- I'd have bet that Dave Trembley would get the axe before Trey Hillman, and I doubt he'll be around for much longer. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which Matt Wieters do you think we'll see this year? The May through August version, or the September version? And please don't tell me "somewhere in between."
(Christopher from Nashville)
Well what do you expect me to say when you ask, "Where do you think he will end up, unlikely extreme #1 or unlikely extreme #2?"

I still think his PECOTA forecast for the year is high, but I can see him hitting that well in the second half. He's definitely going to have a better season than 2009, but hitting like PECOTA says for the whole year? Probably not. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Got my 2010 BP and I havent come up for yet. Interestingly after looking at all the 2010 projections, it appears that Prince Fielder should be the #1 overall pick. Putting aside position scarcity for this moment, Prince's projected stats blow everyone away, even Sir Albert
(ehrose from New York)
At least it's not Matt Wieters, right? In all seriousness, sometimes PECOTA surprises even us, and then it's a question of trying to work backwards and see what provoked that projection. I leave that explanation to Clay Davenport, though the comparables and Fielder's age certainly provide a big hint. Given how good Prince was in 2007 and 2009, I don't think PECOTA is going out on a huge limb. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-12 18:30:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance that Matt Wieters outproduces Brian McCann this season, or am I a few years away? And how good do you think Adam JOnes can be?
(John from NJ)
Per Lloyd Christmas's experiences with Mary Swanson, there's always a chance. But I would bet against that type of occurrence next season. Wieters should easily outplay his 2009 self next season but McCann is probably second to Chase Utley on the list of most underappreciatedly awesome players in the game. Adam Jones, jury is still out on him for me. Too small of a defensive sample to call him poor, but he could end up being offensively similar to Shane Victorino as easily as he could be a .365/.520 player. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which PECOTAs are you most eager to see? I'm curious what it thinks of the next five years of Matt Wieters, him having not yet fulfilled his promise to bring peace in our time and put a chicken in every pot.
(SC from DC)
I'm eager to see all of them, actually, because that means the fun is about to begin, whereas now, with only the World Series in front of us, the bleak days are drawing nearer.

Wieters is definitely one I'm looking forward to seeing. The more information input into the system, the more reliable its output, and I think Wieters' sky-high forecast was the result of reading too much into too small a sample. I still think he'll be a star, though - that's a pretty noncontroversial statement on which statheads and scouts have already agreed. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-09-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you know of any way to estimate in advance which players will come up from the minors and produce to their ability right away (Nolan Reimold), and which need a period to get acclimated before producing to their ability (Matt Wieters)?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
If I knew, I probably wouldn't be working for BP, I'd be in somebody's front office. I don't think there's any magical way to tell. A lot of it has to do with scouting, and some of it also with expectations. For Wieters, I suspect that a good deal of his problem has been the fact that he's had to learn a whole new set of pitchers (or three, given all of the staff turnover) while adapting to hitting big-league pitching himself. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Wieters has started to look um, not awkward the past couple of weeks. Smooth, even, both at the plate and behind it. And more in control. Please tell me I'm right.
(Bo from Aberdeen, MD)
You are correct, sir! (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What has happend to Matt Wieters, is he an Alex Gordon redux? Also out of all the rookies this year, whom do you think will have the best career?
(Mike from Utica,NY)
We can answer that in a couple of ways. Is he like Alex Gordon, in that he's something less than the hype? Yes. Is he like Alex Gordon, in that it's way too soon to give up on him? Also very much yes.

As far as the rookies and the best careers, between Andrew McCutchen, Fowler, Hanson, and Beckham, that's a really hard question to answer. Hanson's the one who makes me really wonder, even with the understanding that pitchers are the least predictable commodities. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a die hard Orioles fan, I let myself get caught up in the Matt Wieters as the second coming of Matt Wieters hub-bub. He has shown good skills and improvement behind the plate, but his hitting has been pretty anemic. He seems to be pushing everything to the opposite field without being able to pull anything. Is there a problem? Will he be a Varitek-lite? Have your expectations changed?
(Chevy from Grand Rapids, MI)
No. He's still a kid getting acclimated to the big leagues. I certainly think his chances of being better than Varitek are pretty good and I'd be surprised if he doesn't become a big star. (John Perrotto)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Wieters, Gordan Beckham, are you surprised Beckham's off to the better start?
(john from ct)
A little.

This gives me a chance to follow up on something I wrote the other day, about using Beckham to get Halladay. I really like Gordon Beckham as a player, but if the White Sox are locked into Alexei Ramirez at shortstop, they won't maximize Beckham's value. It is in that case, and that case only, that trading him makes sense. If he's a third baseman, he's good, not great. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)What does the hype around Phil Hughes and Matt Wieters tell us about Strasburg and others in the future?
(karysingh from Beloit, WI)
Couldn't help but get a dry chuckle from your question. "Curb your enthusiasm, lest it jump right over the curb and leave you in a ditch, smacked up against a culvert." We do need to avoid getting totally insane about some prospects, yes. That said, Wieters really is going to be good. Hughes really is good. And Strasburg? I don't think we're talking Brian Bullington here. (Folks will always remember Bullington, which takes the Reds off the hook for taking Chris Gruler with the third overall pick somewhat, I guess. A peek at that draft reflects a lot of massive early-pick disappointments.) (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's been more impressive Kyle Blanks or Matt Wieters?
(andy from san diego)
I'm pleased with Blanks start since he's shown some power. Wieters has a higher ceiling and all that obvious stuff, but I still like Blanks.

Blanks needs to stop striking out so often though. Let's hope he can bring the average up and keep the balls flying out of Petco. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is anybody else getting sick of Joe Mauer trying to selfishly distract us from talking about Matt Wieters or Bryce Harper? Give it up, dude. Hitting like Barry Bonds isn't impressing anybody.
(Minneapolitan from Chicago)
Mauer is so 2004. Give it up, old man.

Seriously though, Mauer's season has been pretty amazing so far. I'm not talking much about it, because I don't want to be responsible for jinxing it. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)I just traded Nelson Cruz and Scott Kazmir for Matt Wieters and Ryan Franklin in a keeper league. Bad move?
(bam022 from Chicago)
It's Cruz for Wieters and a shot at some saves. I'd have done it, and I think Cruz is for real. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)The Orioles replace Pie with Reimold and Zaun with Wieters, and suddenly the team can't hit a lick. Is this simply running into the best pitchers in the league, small sample size or does it mean something?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Oh noes! Matt Wieters has started his career 3-for-18! He's not the Messiah! PECOTA and all of the prospect hounds were wrong!

It's sample size and perhaps some good pitching (I've been traveling and haven't seen his box scores yet). Relax, and lower your expectations until he at least unpacks his underwear. Even if he has a slow start, take note of Adam Jones' year-over-year improvement and have faith that the true talent should shine through sooner or later. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Be straight with me, Marc: Is Matt Wieters really switch-hitting Jesus?
(Aaron from YYZ)
I'm posting this solely to see if anyone e-mails me photoshopped pictures within the next few days. (Marc Normandin)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the first waiver claim in my fantasy league (roto, non keeper, mixed, 11 teams). I was waiting to use it on Matt Wieters when he gets called up, but someone just dropped Chien-Ming Wang. Do I spend it on him instead? I have Joe Mauer on the DL, btw.
(OldBean from Boston)
Unless you're in my league, the answer is no. If you are in my league, yes, please God yes, use your waiver pick on Wang. (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, Temper my expectations. What do you see from Matt Wieters this season?
(mharrop from toronto)
.290/.355/.455 in 375 PA, with very good defense. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any below-the-radar prospects (I'm thinking a late-round flier here) lurking out there that you think can make a significant impact in fantasy baseball this year?
(MarinerDan from SF, CA)
It's weird, I haven't been able to put together much of a list of those kinds of guys this year, partially because PECOTA seems very conservative with the kids this year (not counting Matt Wieters, of course). I'm going to have to go through everything again for my own draft to see what I can find, because right now, the pickings are pretty slim. (Marc Normandin)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like the Orioles have been pitching-prospect heavy for years, but nothing ever comes of it. This year there's Troy Patton, Jake Arrieta, and Chris Tillman. Is there any reason for hope or do we have to wait for 2010 and Brian Matusz?
(Gunpuddy from Nashville, TN)
There's every reason for hope. Even if we set aside Matt Wieters--which we shouldn't--this should be the most interesting Orioles team in years. Adam Jones, Felix Pie, a real shortstop... that's going to be a good defensive team. The pitching should be a bit better to boot, although I guess the really interesting question isn't whether or not they have talent, it's whether or not Dave Trembley's the skipper who can sort it out and use it to good effect. Lurching from one in-season replacement to the next is no way to operate, but Trembley's track record hasn't moved in any particular direction, and on a team that needs to be serious about how it creates situations for its young pitching to succeed, we're going to have to see something here and now. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which impact Prospect (who hasn't seen big league action yet) makes a a big splash in Spring Training?
(DanLong from NY)
I'l go with a healthy Colby Rasmus, since Matt Wieters is way too easy. If I need someone more obscure...Engel Beltre. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is 1 month of Mystery Catcher X and five months of Matt Wieters worth drafting MW as your starting catcher? Does it depend on the round he's taken in?
(metfanaaron2001 from Fantasy Land)
Yeah, the round is the key. Wieters long term is going to be awesome. Wieters in 2009? That I'm not as sure of. I'm very interested in seeing what PECOTA thinks of him.

And for everyone who is asking, I don't have a definite day that PECOTA is dropping that we're all hiding from you. (Marc Normandin)
2009-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)In terms of pure hitting ability, who wins between Matt Wieters, Brett Wallace and Jason Heyward?
(Bodhizefa from Durham, NC)
Wieters. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Season's Greetings Christina! How many games do you think Matt Wieters will catch this year over/under 120 and what kind of numbers should we expect?
(Shane from Miami)
I'm bet on 100 or so, with a good number of starts at DH to let Aubrey Huff do some damage in the field and continue to be something beyond just a DH. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any reason to think that Matt Wieters is not ready to be in the majors right now?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Not that I can see. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, Were you able to catch Matt Wieters in action in Arizona? What were your thoughts?
(Corey from Baltimore)
He looked like he didn't belong there. Some guys just look better than the league--Mark Teixeira was like that in my first year down there, 2002--and that's the impression he gave. I saw him twice, and the only thing I didn't see him display was speed.

I'll write up a bunch of guys for Sunday's PT, and mention this again, but let me say it here: I Am Not A Scout. Take everything I say with many grains of salt. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)How likely is that the Orioles move Ramon Hernandez this off season and do you think that they will hand over the reigns to Matt Wieters out of Spring Training?
(Shane from Miami)
While I'm not sure I'd just hand the job to Wieters, there's certainly no time like the present to move Hernandez; waiting for Wieters to just win the job and holding onto Hernandez lowers your number of suitors because the catcher-less teams will have resolved their catching situations one way or another by April. Put it this way: the Red Sox probably won't still need Ramon Hernandez in March, but they could use him now. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)I have a question on evaluating prospects relative to their age. Take for instance, Mike Stanton and Matt Wieters. Stanton just absolutely blitzed the SAL, while Wieters, 4 years older, tore apart the CAR and EAS. Because Stanton is 4 years younger, is it reasonable to assume he has more upside, but you'd favor Wieters because he is closer to a sure thing? Does that make sense? In other words, how important is age related to level of play for you?
(Eric from FLA)
There's no magic formula. Age matters, but it's all relative to skillset as well. I could go against your conclusion and say Wieters has proven himself with flying colors at levels Stanton hasn't even touched yet and plays a premium position. There's always lots of ins and outs where you're ranking folks. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-15 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina, As always, thanks for the chat - reading your work is a pleasure. Do you think there's any chance the Orioles add Matt Wieters to the roster before the end of the season. He could "get his feet" for 2009, but is the arbitration clock more important?
(wayne twitchell's twin brother from under a rock)
Wayne's twin, you are too kind... I suppose there's a chance, but I suspect between the arbitration clock and the importance attached to managing a debut of a blue-chip talent, so that when he's up he's up to stay, will combine to keep him in the minors. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)If Buster Posey does not go #1 then where will he go? Are the rumors that signability may be an issue with him true?
(marie from somewhere in san francisco)
There are some signability issues, in that last year Matt Wieters got $6 million and while CAA isn't Boras, they're not exactly going to let their client come cheaply. If he doesn't go 1, he doesn't go past 5, and everyone except Baltimore at 4 would kick the tires on him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please tell me the Rays won't pick Buster Posey according to Gammons because of the dearth of catching prospects in the draft. If they wanted a catcher, why didn't they draft Matt Wieters? Also do you consider this draft to have better top three talent than last year?
(John from Tampa)
They probably won't pick Posey, but they are playing it VERY close to the vest, and their pool of players to select at No. 1 is still quite sizeable; They didn't draft Wieters because they thought Price was a better prospect, period; This draft does not in any way whatsoever have better top talent than last year. It has less elite talent, but probably more good talent. (Kevin Goldstein)

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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2009 AAA .002 0.5 1085 -.001 0.2 30 .022 .000 -0.4 -0.2 -0.3
2009 MLB -.002 -1.7 3713 -.003 2.7 75 .017 -.005 -0.6 -0.9 0.3
2010 MLB .011 12.2 5192 -.003 4.2 66 -.015 -.008 0.5 16.5 15.5
2011 MLB .012 13.8 5588 -.004 6.7 82 .000 -.015 1.3 21.3 24.5
2012 MLB .004 4.6 5413 -.002 2.6 69 -.097 -.002 4.1 10.3 9.1
2013 MLB -.004 -5.4 5440 -.002 2.3 58 -.038 -.017 1.3 -2.0 -0.5
2014 MLB -.006 -1.1 1024 -.003 0.8 11 .040 -.002 -0.3 -0.9 -0.9
2015 MLB -.003 -1.6 2355 .001 -0.5 24 -.005 -.004 0.2 -2.7 0.2
2015 AAA .000 0.0 20 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.7 0.0
2016 MLB .001 0.7 4757 -.001 1.0 54 -.052 -.003 1.9 4.3 4.0
2017 MLB -.010 -11.2 4596 -.001 1.5 67 .016 -.003 -0.7 -11.0 -10.4
2018 MLB -.006 -3.7 2603 -.002 1.1 41 -.011 .000 0.3 -2.3 -4.0

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