Thursday, May 28, 2009
Greatness Debuts Tomorrow
The most hyped Orioles prospect since Jeffery Hammonds (ugh...) makes his debut tomorrow against the Tigers. Matt Wieters is what the Good Lord envisioned when he was creating the perfect catching prospect.
Wieters' potential is through the roof after hitting .355 with 27 HRs and 91 RBIs between A and AA last year and hitting .305 with 5 HRs and 30 RBI at AAA through Tuesday, all while playing very good defense. Simply put, the guy is a stud.
If it sounds like I have a man-crush, it's because I do. Truly great players don't come around very often and come around even less regularly at catcher, a position dominated by low-hit, good glove stocky guys instead of 4 and a half tool gents who are great athletes. The arrival of Wieters (who needs a good nickname...I'm open to suggestions) now means the Orioles have potentially 3 great players in Wieters and outfielders Nick Markakis and Adam "Don't Call Me Pacman" Jones. In addition, top pitching prospects Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, and the absurdly young Chris Tillman (just turned 21, making him younger than both of your reasonably young authors) give the Orioles some hope.
Of course, the Rays have an even stronger young core and the Red Sox and the Yankees will be able to outspend just about everyone. So really the Orioles are progressing toward fourth place. I hate myself.