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Friday, May 29, 2009
Orioles - Promoted Wieters
Matt Wieters - Granted the Baltimore Orioles the right to take the field with him.
Not since Mike Mussina’s debut has there been an Orioles call-up that I have been more excited about. Hopefully, the success of Wieters will encourage the Orioles to remain aggressive in the draft. For those that don’t remember, Wieters was minutes from returning to college, but the Orioles came to the wise decision that they should thank every possible deity that the Pirates chose to draft Daniel Moskos for no particular reason and up their offer for the tip-top prospect Wieters by the equivalent of two months of Danys Baez’s salary.
Wieters was clearly ready at the start of the season and even a not-ready Wieters would have been extremely hard-pressed to not obliterate the 210/304/327 that Gregg Zaun and Chad Moeller have combined to put up for the O’s behind the plate. For delaying the arrival of Wieters, it is not known whether the O’s former catching tandem will be allowed to open up their wrists in a warm bath or if they’re going to be bowstringed later after Wieters’s victory procession.
All kidding aside, Wieters is a tremendous hitting prospect, the first the Orioles have had in a really long time. Much has been made of PECOTA’s very aggressive projection for Wieters this season, but who can blame it? ZiPS likes Wieters a lot, too almost to the degree that my old 386 PC had for Civilization 15 years ago. The amazing thing is that the 305/387/504 that Wieters has put up in AAA this season was accomplished one of the most difficult hitting environments in the upper-minors. Harbor Park has been terrible for power-hitters in recent years, with HR park factors the last 3 years of 60, 60, and 72 (by comparison, Petco’s weighted factor over the last 3 years is 76).
It remains to be seen how successful Baltimore’s strategy of trying to keep Wieters from being a Super-Two arbitrationee will be. After all, the more teams that try to game the eligibility for that extra year of arbitration, the later in the season a quality prospect will have to be brought up to avoid that status.
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