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Wieters’ arrival in The Show in 2009 was highly anticipated, and while he didn’t live up to expectations he was good enough (.288, 9 HR, 43 RBI in 354 AB).
Pundits expected that his performance would improve last year en route to his becoming one of the league’s top backstops, but he did not make the progress that was anticipated.
Many pundits view last year as an abysmal failure, but it says here that view is inaccurate and that better days are ahead for the young catcher. After hitting just .236 in the first half, he hit .266 during the second half and showed increased power (his PX was 111 after the all-star break). Both his contact rate and walk rate increased, while his strikeout rate decreased.
He was one of only eight catchers to accrue 11 HR and 55 RBI last year, and while he has yet to reach status as an elite catcher, his skill set could come together quickly—making him a threat to be the top catcher in the division.
For fantasy owners: You should expect him to last longer in your drafts and/or cost less in your auctions than he did last year, due to last season’s struggles. He is only 24 years old… there is value here.