Free Agent Profile & Prediction #20: Matt Wieters

BALTIMORE, MD – APRIL 18: Catcher Jose Molina #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on as Matt Wieters #32 of the Baltimore Orioles flips his bat and follows his walk off grand slam to give the Orioles a 10-6 win in ten innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Long gone are the seasons of 2011-2016, where Wieters saw four All-Star appearances, and averaged a .261/.317/.439 slash with a .756 OPS in those seasons. Wieters spent 2019-2020 as the backup catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Yadier Molina, and the switch hitter posted a .207/.284/.332 slash with a .616 OPS. The 35 year old veteran, mustered a measly 84.7 average Exit Velocity, and sports a continuously rising K%, at 24.4 percent.

With a below average 2.02 pop time, ranking him tied for 45th among all qualified catchers, the signs are pointing towards his harsh decline. Once a top tier defensive catcher, with an unreal 22 DRS in 2011 with Baltimore, Wieters hasnt posted a DRS above -1 since 2012. One thing that Wieters has still been great at, is throwing out runners, even with his well below average pop time, averaging a 34% caught stealing rate, to the league average of 27%.

Moving forward for Wieters, he has seen his starting days in the rearview mirror, but he will still bring a veteran presence to a team that needs one at the catching position, and stick in the league for a little while longer.

These are the teams I think are in contention for Wieters: Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Matt Wieters signs a 1 yr/2.5 million dollar deal with the Chicago Cubs

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .228/.301/.392 .693 OPS 2 HR 11 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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