Matt Wieters St. Louis Cardinals

Age: 34 (May 21, 1986) | 6' 5" | 235lbs. | Bats: Both C-54 PH-11
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
BAL AAA 2009 39 141 25 43 20 30 9 2 5 30 0 0 .305 .387 .504 12 18 .352 n/a
BAL AL 2009 96 354 35 102 28 86 15 1 9 43 0 0 .288 .340 .412 7 22 .356 n/a 10 9
BAL AL 2010 130 446 37 111 47 94 22 1 11 55 0 1 .249 .319 .377 9 19 .287 n/a 9 8
BAL AL 2011 139 500 72 131 48 84 28 0 22 68 1 0 .262 .328 .450 9 15 .276 43/18/39 17 16
BAL AL 2012 144 526 67 131 60 112 27 1 23 83 3 0 .249 .329 .435 10 19 .274 44/20/35 17 15
BAL AL 2013 148 523 59 123 43 104 29 0 22 79 2 0 .235 .287 .417 7 18 .247 39/18/44 15 13
BAL AL 2014 26 104 13 32 6 19 5 0 5 18 0 1 .308 .339 .500 5 17 .329 28/30/43 6 6
BAL AA 2015 3 11 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .182 .231 .182 8 0 .167 n/a
BAL AAA 2015 2 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .600 .667 1.20 17 0 .500 n/a
BAL AL 2015 75 258 24 69 21 67 14 1 8 25 0 0 .267 .319 .422 7 24 .328 43/25/32 6 6
BAL AL 2016 124 423 48 103 32 85 17 1 17 66 1 0 .243 .302 .409 7 18 .265 36/24/40 11 11
WAS NL 2017 123 422 43 95 38 94 20 0 10 52 1 0 .225 .288 .344 8 20 .264 42/21/36 4 5
WAS A+ 2018 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 0 25 .333 n/a
WAS AA 2018 2 6 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .286 .333 14 29 .250 n/a
WAS NL 2018 76 235 24 56 30 45 8 0 8 30 0 1 .238 .330 .374 11 17 .261 34/21/45 5 5
STL NL 2019 67 168 15 36 12 47 4 0 11 27 1 1 .214 .268 .435 7 26 .223 38/21/41 4 3
STL NL 2020 19 35 3 7 3 10 1 0 0 4 0 0 .200 .300 .229 7 26 .280 40/32/28 -1 -0
Career 12yrs 1167 3994 440 996 368 847 190 5 146 550 9 4 .249 .313 .409 8 19 .279 n/a
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That seems to be the CW from the Baltimore faithful that have been watching him every day. I've only seen one AB, but he looked like the real deal, stroking a double into the gap at Camden and trotting to first like he's belonged in the bigs his entire life.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jun 15 '09
Very strange that he's looking for his first ribbie. And you know it prays on him. When he gets one this week, a whole bunch more will follow.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 15 '09
Wieters comes up this Friday. End of May call up.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
May 26 '09
If he has a hammy pull, he will not be up this month, for sure. Still looks like a June call-up to me right now.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Apr 18 '09
The logic of all of that makes sense, but the Orioles aren't as well run as the Rays, and even in seemingly well run organizations performance and even sentiment sometimes alter otherwise sensible baseball decisions. Does that mean that you're wrong and Wieters will be up this month? No, you're almost definitely right. But I wouldn't be shocked if Wieters were up by the end of this month.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 14 '09
You're right Mike. This is what happened last year: Rays placed third baseman Willy Aybar on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 10, with a strained hamstring. VP Andrew Friedman said Aybar is expected to miss "minimally" two weeks and he will be evaluated further following that timeframe. Evan Longoria will take over at third base.

So, if Zaun goes on the DL, I guess Wieters will be called up early, if the O's are ready to announce a long-term contract for Wieters, most importantly, buying out all of the arbitration seasons. Barring that, I can't see him up.

BTW, the Rays were also in contract negotiations with Longoria at the time. That may have been why they sent him down- to pressure a deal. It was announced on April 18, only a few days after he came up- so Super-2 didn't matter at all. The salaries for the first six years of the agreement are guaranteed (club control years), with the team holding a one-year option for 2014 season and a subsequent two-year option for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The contract guarantees $17.5 million. If the Rays exercise both options, Longoria would earn more than $44 million over the life of the nine-year agreement.

Wieters got a $6M signing bonus. Longoria, only one year earlier, got only $3M bonus. While both are life changing amounts, $6M can last a lot longer, so it puts Wieters in a stronger bargaining position for a LT contract.

Oh, and Wieters' agent is Boras. Longoria, the more subdued, Paul Cohen, who also did the Tulowitski LT deal.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 14 '09
I agree with you Eugene, but you made the same comment about Evan Longoria around this time last year and the Rays called him up on April 12.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 14 '09
Paul, you're going to have to sweat this one out until Mid-May at the earliest. The O's know that they're best shot is in 2-3 years, when Tillman and Matusz are comfortable at the higher level. For that reason, among a few others, the O's are going to bury Wieters until he's safe as no longer a potential super-2 for arbitration eligibility after 2010. They'd much prefer to defer that issue until after 2011 when the normal 3-year arb eligibility kicks in.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 14 '09
As a Wieters owner, I'm chompin' at the bit to see this guy in the middle of this O's lineup. Roberts, Jones, Markakis and Huff, right down the line, are all raking bigtime right now. Insert Wieters just before Huff and you could see the numbers pile up in a hurry.
Paul Benninghoff PaulB
Apr 13 '09
I'm greedy. Price is now my first-round reserve pick in the ADL (counting as a freeze but costing nothing), so now I'm trying to trade for Wieters as my second-round pick. My reasoning is, he's even more valuable as a second-round freeze.

Nova, are you listening? I'm willing to give you three good keeps for him.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 26 '09