After four seasons as the backstop for the Baltimore Orioles, I believe it is time for Matt Wieters to thrust himself into the AL MVP conversation in 2013.
As a catcher, Wieters is at a disadvantage in terms of the countless bumps and bruises however, his ability to manage a pitching staff like the Orioles should only add to his MVP consideration.
Wieters is a four-tool player as he is serviceable in just about every single phase of the game. A Gold-Glove winner last year, Weiters has taken the climb as one of the MLB‘s best defensive catchers, as he threw out 39% of potential base runners last season. Furthermore, Weiters took a pitching staff that had no preseason recognition and turned it into one of the league’s best.
At age 26, Wieters has solidified himself as an absolute threat at the plate as he has clubbed 20 plus home runs in each of the last two seasons. In addition, he is a switch-hitter and poses a threat from both sides of the plate for completely different reasons–Wieters clubbed 18 home runs from the left side in 2012, while hitting .323 from the right side.
Finishing with a .249 batting average in 2012, Wieters will have to work on his contact from the left-hand batters box in order to further his MVP consideration.
The Orioles are a team on the rise and with manager Buck Showalter guaranteed to be in the fold for three more seasons, expect Wieters to continue to grow and outlive the countless expectations.