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Matt Wieters
Matt Wieters Votes
Drafted: 2007, 1st (5)
400
2007
Rank
21
ETA in
Majors
2009

Statistically speaking: Switch-hitters are often more adept at hitting from one side of the plate than the other. That's kind of the case with Wieters, who hit .340 with a .454 on-base percentage and .542 slugging percentage (a .995 OPS) against right-handed pitching in 2008. That, believe it or not, was his weak side -- against left-handed pitching, Wieters hit .392 with a .454 OBP and .744 SLG for a 1.198 OPS.

Scouting report: Wieters does everything well but run. He has tremendous plate discipline and bat speed and the ability to hit for average and power from both sides of the plate. He's remarkably agile behind the plate -- especially considering his size -- with good hands and an above-average arm. He has performed well handling pitchers and calling games with a quiet leadership that is a big plus.

Upside potential: An All-Star catcher who can lead a young staff, contend for MVP awards and be the best all-around catcher in the game.

They said it: "We sat back and watched what took place all summer, waiting for him to struggle to see how he would handle it. He's got everything you could possibly look for. What can you say that hasn't been said? He's going to take this group of three guys (Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta) and all of them are going, at some point in the near future, to force their way to Camden Yards and play significant roles. He's going to be the leader, the stabilizer out there every night. He has that aura about him in a quiet way. He's going to be the best guy on the field on most nights, but he'll be the last one to talk about it." -- Joe Jordan, Orioles scouting director

He said it: "That's one of the easiest things for me. Whenever is meant to happen, it'll happen. I can just play the best I can and let the front office take care of that. I just have to make sure that when I do get that chance, I make the most of it." -- Wieters on when the call to the big leagues will occur