Andy MacPhail just announced during the second inning of the Orioles game tonight, that Matt Wieters will be making his regular season debut on Friday night versus the Tigers.
Oriole fans have been anxiously awaiting his appearance at Camden Yards since the organization drafted the switch-hitting catcher number 5 overall in 2007. In only his second year of minor league ball, Wieters is batting .285 with 5 HR’s and 26 RBI’s in 137 AB’s at Triple-A Norfolk. His numbers haven’t been stellar this year, but they’ve been good enough to warrant promotion; when combined with his potential and the O’s current catchers lack of offensive production.
So, Friday is the day. Wieters will probably catch Orioles starter Brad Bergesen in his first start. That was probably on purpose since Wieters caught him extensively at Bowie last season and he started this year at Norfolk. The pitcher Wieters will make his debut hitting against will be Detroit’s Dontrelle Willis.
MacPhail may have let some other news out of the bag when he said ” Wieters will be catching three starters he has experience with” . By my numbers Bergesen and Jason Berken are two. For it to be three , he must already know that Koji Uehara will not be available for his next couple of starts and another Bowie or Norfolk guy will be coming up.
Let the celebrations begin. Wieters is almost here. I just hope he gets off to a decent start. Lets face it, he has a lot of pressure with this kind of build up.