Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 1/2/14
It’s seems like such a long time ago when we all viewed Matt Wieters as an up-and-coming catcher with the prospects of putting up perennial .300/30/100 seasons. Yes, that was a real thing. Now he’s in his fifth season and coming off a career-worst campaign in 2013. At this point, we should know what Wieters brings to the table. The good news is he will play 140 games (not a lot of catchers do that), which allows him to rank among the position leaders in all counting categories (R, HR, RBI). This is great for fantasy baseball purposes. However, his skills — or lack thereof — at the plate have greatly failed him, culminating in a career low .235 BA and .287 OBP last year. The main culprit of Wieters’ struggles at the plate was his inability to hit right-handed pitching. While he’s been extremely successful against lefties (career .281/.344/.487) he’s a career .244/.309/.393 hitter against righties. In fact, his struggles have been even worst of late, which could explain his recent dip in batting average. Here’s a breakdown of Wieters’ stats vs. right-handed pitching: Year BB% K% BA OBP OPS 2010 11.3 15.9 .265 .347 .744 2011 6.9 12.6 .235 .291 .662 2012 9.7 17.9 .224 .303 .715 2013 7.7 16.2 .214 .270 .628 Wieters has stuggled more against right-handed pitchers of late. At A Glance Strengths: HR, 2B Neutral: RBI, SLG, OPS, K Weaknesses: R, SB, BA, OBP, BB, 3B Players With Similar Fantasy Value Colby Rasmus Jedd Gyorko Justin Smoak 2014 Fantasy Baseball Projection 2014 Projection: 580 PA, .255 BA, 65 R, 23 HR, 76 RBI, 2 SB Overall Rank: 195 | C Rank: 10 Wieters is still a borderline top 10 catcher thanks to the counting stats, but whether he can creep up the list will be solely dependent on whether he can drive up his batting average. It would be great if you could roster two catchers and just platoon Wieters against left-handed pitching, but carrying a second catcher is usually a wasted roster spot and a losing strategy in standard fantasy leagues. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to stop thinking, “This could be the year he breaks out.” That being said, we expect a slight bounce back for Wieters in 2014. He’s slated to bat fifth in what has become a good lineup in Baltimore, and Wieters has managed to stay generally healthy so he should have no problem racking up the counting stats once again. What’s uncertain is whether Wieters will go back to being a .250-.260 hitter or stay in the sub-.250 range. His improvement is contingent upon two things: Hitting fewer fly balls (43.9% last year up from 35.5%) Being more patient at the plate (7.4 BB% was career low) It seems that Wieters went for some added power in 2013 as he got more aggressive at the plate and flipped his GB/FB ratio from over 1.00 to sub-1.00 for the first time in his career. Unfortunately, he also paired his career-high FB rate with a career-high 11.1 IFFB%. These extra fly balls are batting average killers, so it comes as no shock that he only managed to hit .235 last year. Wieters is still a borderline top 10 catcher thanks to the counting stats, but whether he can creep up the list will be solely dependent on whether he can drive up his batting average.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Bills suspend assistant coach for first six games of 2015

Trent Richardson has 50-50 chance at making Raiders roster

Rex Ryan takes subtle jabs at Jets' upper management

Everett Golson responds to Paul Finebaum's criticism

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist


Malcolm Butler daring Brady to throw his way in practice

Geno Smith confident worst is behind him and the Jets

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Von Miller earns dismissal from NFL’s drug program

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

WATCH: Dez Bryant throws punches at training camp

There's no need for Notre Dame to join a conference

WATCH: Benches clear during Royals-Blue Jays game

Jim Harbaugh gives Nicki Minaj a shoutout on Twitter

The Kardashian sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner 'Bruce'

Tennessee fan recreates Neyland Stadium in backyard

Lolo Jones: I could last at least a minute against Rousey

Bears have very strict rules for media during training camp

Jamaal Charles: I feel like I'm the LeBron James of football

Ronda Rousey: I'll fight Cyborg if she stops taking steroids

Danny Garcia beats Paulie Malignaggi, remains undefeated

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks agree to contract extension

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker