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Wieters makes his first All-Star appearance

Posted on: July 11, 2011 8:37 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 8:46 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

PHOENIX -- Few players have arrived in the majors with as much hype as Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who is making his first All-Star appearance in his third season in the big leagues. While the #MattWietersFacts phenomenon has died down, Wieters is proving himself to be the elite talent many believed he'd become.

Wieters talks about the pressure on prospects nowadays and the evolution of a catcher:



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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:14 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:05 am
 

Wieters makes his first All-Star appearance

Well guys who lead the league in Average with RISP generally do get recognition
That's a joke, right?  Quick, without hitting baseball reference up, name half of the last 10 league leaders in BARISP.  No?  Didn't think so.  It's a fluky stat, especially based on a miniscule sample size (60 ABs), and no, it doesn't generally result in recognition.

The point is, catching in the American League sucks when they're picking the equivalent of a Molina brother as an all-star.  Defense IS valuable.  It's just nice when all-stars can both hit and field.

That said, the other guy reminded me of why Wieters was really there.  Every team has to be represented.  From that perspective, Wieters was as deserving as any Oriole due to the lack of quality catching around the league.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Wieters makes his first All-Star appearance

Guys at any position on track to hit below .265 with little power or production just don't generally earn all-star berths.
Well guys who lead the league in Average with RISP generally do get recognition. Matt Wieters' general numbers aren't superb but they're good enough. His berth shows that defense is valuable.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:50 am
 

Wieters makes his first All-Star appearance

Matt Wieters is a case of defense outshines offense. His defense has been superior to what other AL catchers are doing. His hitting quite isn't up to expections but are around the middle compared to other catchers. I would still pick Matt over other catchers. The rule where every team must be represented actually put Matt in the ASG because 2 other Orioles (Adam Jones and JJ Hardy) who also had consideration were not picked. 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Wieters makes his first All-Star appearance

Wieters is proving himself to be the elite talent many believed he'd become. 
Well, he's throwing runners out, but if Matt Wieters is proving anything right now its that there is a black hole of catching talent in the American League.  Guys at any position on track to hit below .265 with little power or production just don't generally earn all-star berths. 


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