Here’s a quick bio on Matt Wieters, who reportedly signed a 2-year/$21M deal with the Washington Nationals this morning...
With Spring Training underway, the Washington Nationals added depth to the catcher position with the signing of former Baltimore Orioles’ backstop Matt Wieters.
Wieters, a South Carolina native, was the Orioles’ 5th pick in the 2007 MLB Draft.
Wieters was ranked the top catcher and the 12th overall player in Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list in 2008.
Wieters had a .355 batting average, while hitting 27 home runs, and collecting 91 RBIs through 130 games with the Single-A Fredrick Keys and the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
Wieters was called up to the big leagues in 2009 and made his debut against the Detroit Tigers on May 29.
Wieters played in 96 games that season and supported a .288 batting average.
Wieters made a name for himself during his time in Baltimore. He was a two-time Gold Glove winner, and a four-time MLB All-Star during his time in Camden Yards.
The switch-hitting catcher has a career .256 batting average, 117 home runs and 437 RBIs.
His first Gold Glove and All-Star appearance came in 2011, when he posted a .262 batting average, 22 home runs, and 68 RBI in 144 games.
Wieters also finished 21st in the MVP voting in 2012.
Wieters only played in 26 games in 2014 due to suffering a right elbow injury that required Tommy John Surgery.
He missed some time in 2015, trying to recover from his injury, but he managed to hit eight home runs, and drive in 25 runs through 75 games.
Last season, Wieters had a .243 batting average, 17 home runs and 66 RBIs in 124 games. In addition that, he earned himself a All-Star nod.
The addition of Wieters gives the Nationals a solid hitter, and an established defensive catcher.
It also raises a lot of questions about what comes next for the Nationals, since they now have an abundance of catching on the 40-Man roster...