Fantasy baseball scouting report on Baltimore Orioles prospect Matt Wieters. Includes player profile, minor league updates, fantasy baseball outlook, keeper league incentives, 2009 expectations, and stat projections.
Player Profile– Matt Wieters:
Born: June 21, 1986
Draft: 2007 – 1st Round Baltimore Orioles
Minor League Profile:
Matt Wieters, the prized prospect for the Baltimore Orioles, has made a rapid ascent through the Orioles minor league system after being drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 draft. With the 2008 season his only minor league experience, Matt Wieters completely destroyed pitching at the plate. Wieters played an equal amount of time at both Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie during the 2008 season, while tallying a combined 130 games played and 437 at bats. In those games, Matt Wieters posted 27 homeruns, 91 rbi, 89 runs scored, 2 stolen bases, and a .355 batting average. Another key statistic Wieters posted was his remarkable patience at the plate, as he drew 82 walks and had just 76 strikeouts.
Fantasy Baseball Outlook:
At age 22 for the 2009 season, Matt Wieters only has one season of minor league experience, but he is on the verge of being a major league superstar. As a college standout at Georgia Tech, Wieters will not likely need another year of minor league experience, and he should be on the Baltimore Orioles roster sometime in June during the 2009 season.
Playing a position of need in fantasy baseball, Matt Wieters and his power hitting bat, could easily become the best hitting catcher in the major leagues by the 2010 season. By fantasy baseball standards, Wieters will likely become the #1 fantasy baseball catcher by the 2011 season and possibly as early as the 2010 season. Boasting both patience and eye discipline at the plate that is similar to Joe Mauer, and the power numbers similar to Brian McCann, Matt Wieters will likely become a type of hybrid of those two All-Star catchers. Matt Wieters will have the potential and ability to post 30 homeruns, 100 rbi, and a .320 batting average at the major league level during his prime.
Keeper League Incentive:
In fantasy baseball keeper leagues, there is no doubt that Matt Wieters is in contention for the #1 overall rookie prospect ranking entering the 2009 season. However because Matt Wieters plays the vital position of catcher, I would rank him as the #1 fantasy baseball prospect entering the 2009 season. With plenty of college experience and success, as well as an immensely successful first year in the minors during the 2009 season, Matt Wieters should find himself playing everyday in Baltimore sometime during the 2009 season. A June call-up seems like an obvious bet for Matt Wieters. If you want to secure your fantasy baseball teams starting catcher for at least the next five years, Matt Wieters is the guy you want to have on your team. Matt Wieters is a potential and likely perennial All-Star, as well as a possible MVP candidate in the coming years.
While Matt Wieters has yet to make his major league debut as of May 25, 2009, he will likely be a June call-up for the Baltimore Orioles. With the DH spot available for the Orioles, Wieters will be able to play both catcher as well as receive a few DH at bats to stay fresh and healthy throughout the season.
Overall, the fantasy baseball outlook for Matt Wieters in 2009 could include 15 homeruns, 60 rbi, 50 runs scored and a batting average around .300.
2009 Stat Projections:
On the low end: 150 at bats, 25 runs scored, 6 homeruns, 30 rbi, .280 batting average
On the high end: 250 at bats, 50 runs scored, 15 homeruns, 60 rbi, .310 batting average