Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Matt Wieters Arrives on Friday

posted by Jon Williams

The promotion of Matt Wieters to the major leagues should have an impact in every fantasy league on the planet. This is not just a good prospect. This is the best prospect in baseball and some have said he could be the best prospect ever. None of that means that he'll be the best player in baseball in this season or any other. But if he delivers on his promise (and I believe he will) he should quickly establish himself as one of the best catchers in baseball. I used to call him Joe Mauer with power but I guess now I have to call him Joe Mauer-like. He probably is not available in most leagues but if he is then you should pounce on him right now. His impact should be considered in the same class as Evan Longoria's and Ryan Braun as rookies. That is a lot to live up to for a young player but I truly believe it.

Wieters should hit for average and power while providing the Orioles with above average defense behind the plate. He does not strike out much and takes walks. He has a plan at the plate and should not take long to adjust to the majors. He should be owned in every league of every size and type. He's that good.

Season Team BB% K% BB/K OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wOBA
2008 Orioles (A+) 16.10% 20.50% 0.94 0.448 0.576 1.024 0.231 1.90 0.383 0.445
2008 Orioles (AA) 15.40% 13.90% 1.31 0.460 0.625 1.085 0.260 3.50 0.383 0.472
2009 Orioles (AAA) 12.20% 21.90% 0.63 0.367 0.482 0.849 0.197 4.00 0.333 0.373

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