Matt Wieters St. Louis Cardinals

Age: 34 (May 21, 1986) | 6' 5" | 235lbs. | Bats: Both C-18 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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MLB umpires need a reality check. Too many of them think they are bigger than the game.

Tom Zeke
Mar 2 '17

re: shouldn't we automate calling balls/strikes?

That's pretty much what Frank Deford said on NPR this morning ... unless the umps can and will call the strike zone by the rule ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Mar 2 '17

It's a great question.

Leading to the elephant in the umpires' room: shouldn't pitch f/x, PitchTrax, or whatever they call it, call balls and strikes?

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 1 '17

It's 2 and 3 that are measured, by PitchTrax or whatever they call it. And some of it is umpire mistake rather than catching skill, and/or umpire tendency to favor either pitcher or hitter.

Gene McCaffrey GeneM
Mar 1 '17

At the risk of asking a lot of dumb questions, what exactly is measured by "pitch framing"?

1. A thrown strike being called a strike?

2. A thrown ball being called a strike?

3. How about a thrown strike being called a ball?  Deduct!

4. All of the above?


What is the definition of a thrown strike anyway?  Is it pitch f/x?


Anyone responsible for catching Ubaldo Jimenez should get a pass anyway...

Gary Cruciani Megary
Mar 1 '17

I was thinking that myself ... wasn't aware of the tightening up of the field between 2011 and today, but it makes sense.  Both in terms of teams teaching it .... but as you allude to, I'd think any self-respecting ump would know who has really good pitch framing metrics from the previous season, and works  to compensate for that when calling balls and strikes behind that catcher.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Mar 1 '17

Point taken Texpope, but I have to wonder about the long-term and even short-term impact of pitch framing. Already, according to the Hardball Times, the difference between the best framers and the worst is half what it was in 2011, as teams become more aware and are teaching it. Probably more important, the very stat is an insult to umpires. They have to be working on it; don't they?

Gene McCaffrey GeneM
Mar 1 '17

Over at Fangraphs, they're particularly down on the Wieters signing ... for those of you who believe in pitch framing, they see a considerable downgrade in going from Norris to Wieters, and while Norris 2016 stunk at the plate, his 2013-2015 #'s are pretty much in line with what you'd expect offensively from Wieters.

So why would a sabremetrically savvy GM make the deal?  Per Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post - it wasn't Rizzo who made the move, but team owner Ted Lerner, who Scott Boras seems to have a Rasputin like control over.

And while I doubt pitch framing will be a big determinant of the success of Max Scherzer this year ... this might be a reason to think twice about Tanner Roarke and Gio this year?

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Mar 1 '17

It depends on where Norris gets traded to.

jeff merk jeffamerk
Feb 25 '17