Matthew Richard Wieters...Attended Stratford High School in Goose Creek, SC before attending Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA...Became the third player in Georgia Tech history to earn first-team All-America honors twice, joining Jason Varitek and Nomar Garciaparra...Named first-team All-America by Baseball America and Rivals.com and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2007, first-team All-America by B aseball America and second-team All-ACC in 2006, and ACC Rookie of the Year, Freshman All-America and first-team All-ACC in 2005...Was one of three finalists for the 2007 Johnny Bench Award as the top collegiate catcher and was a semi-finalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top college player... Served as Tech's primary closer for his first two seasons and was one of two closers his junior season.
In his first season in Washington, Wieters helped guide a pitching staff that ranked third in the National League in ERA (3.88) and strikeouts (1,457)... Washington's staff was also the first in 21 years with three starting pitchers to rank in the top five in ERA in the National League, according to the Elias Sports Bureau ...He opened the season strong at the plate, hitting .301 (22-for- 73) with five doubles, four homers, 12 RBI, 11 walks and 10 runs scored in 21 April games...Ranked among NL catchers in hits (7th, 95), RBI (8th, 52), and doubles (9th, 20)...Was the ninth of 10 Nationals players to hit 10+ homers in 2017...Clubbed three home runs in 78 at-bats as a righty and seven home runs in 344 at-bats as a lefty...Was the 25th player to play for both Baltimore and Washington...Hit over .300 with runners in scoring position for the majority of the season...From Opening Day through Aug. 15, hit .302 (26-for-86) with three doubles, three homers, 38 RBI with runners in scoring position...Recorded his eighth career multi-HR game on April 30 vs. NYM... Clubbed his third career grand slam on Aug. 6 at CHI (Edwards).
Earned his fourth All-Star nod in his first full season since 2013...Hit .243 with 17 doubles, one triple, 17 home runs, 66 RBI, 32 walks and 48 runs scored in 124 games...Posted his seventh career multi-homer game on Oct. 2 at NYY...Registered a career-high tying five RBI for the fifth time on Sept. 10 at DET...Logged a career-high five hits on Aug. 14 at SFG…Became the first Baltimore catcher with five hits since Bob Melvin on June 15, 1991 at TOR...Was one of four catchers with a five-hit game in 2016, joining Salvador Perez (5/23), Carlos Perez (7/2), and Yasmani Grandal (7/8)...Hit his second career Eutaw Street home run in the fourth inning on June 25 vs. TBR...Finished tied for third on the team with 10 game-winning RBI...Hit his 100th career home run as a catcher on June 6 vs. KC…Ranked second (112) on the Orioles all-time list for home runs as a catcher behind only Chris Hoiles (142)...Posted a 31.7% caught stealing percentage, his best mark since 2013 and outpaced his career-average of 30.4%.
Ended the season on a season-high tying eight-game hitting streak (.444/.545/.741, two home runs, six RBI)...Posted an eightgame hitting streak, 8/4-20 (.367/.387/.500) • Caught 7-of-25 (28.0%) would-be base stealers and enters 2016 having caught 130-of-430 (30.2%) in his career • Walked a career-high tying four times on 10/3 vs. NYY (G1) (also 8/23/11 at MIN) • Hit his 100th career home run on 9/30 vs. TOR (G2) • Made his second career start at first base on 8/1 vs. DET (first time at 1B since 8/21/11 at LAA) • Slugged his fourth career walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning on 7/27 vs. ATL...Three of his four walk-off home runs have come in extra-innings (seven career walk-off hits) • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, hit four game-ending homers for the Orioles, including one in each of the last three seasons...Joined Frank Robinson (1968-71), Brooks Robinson (1969-72), and Larry Sheets (1986-88) as the only Orioles (since 1954) to do so • Was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to 3/27) on 4/5 (rehabilitation from "Tommy John" surgery)…Transferred to the 60-day DL on 5/10...Reinstated from the 60-day DL on 6/5
Voted to his 1st AL All-Star starting spot (3rd All-Star team) despite not playing after May 10...Placed on DL, May 11, with a right elbow strain...Had "Tommy John" surgery on June 17 and was transferred to the 60-day DL on August 13...Was batting .308/.339/.500 through 26 games before his injury (10 multi-hit games)...Had a season-opening eight game hit streak, March 31-April 9 (.367/.394/.600)...Batted .325/.367/.482 in 90 plate appearances vs. RHP...Hit 3rd career walk-off HR, May 1 vs. PIT (G2 of DH), a 10th inning blast to give the O's a 6-5 win...Was his 6th career walk-off hit.
Led AL catchers in G (140), AB (496), HR (21) and RBI (76), was 2nd in R (58) and H (121), and 3rd in 2B (29) and SLG (.429)... Set career-highs in G (148) and 2B (29) and defensive career-highs in games caught (140), innings caught (1201.0) and total chances (1021)... Caught 22 of 66 attempted base stealers (33.3%)…33.3% caught stealing rate and 22 CS were 2nd in the AL... Is the only catcher in baseball with 50 or more extra-base hits in each of the last three seasons, 2011-2013... Made 4th straight Opening Day start, April 2 @TB, reaching base safely four times... Hit 10th inning walk-off Grand Slam (2nd career GS), April 18 vs. TB (Gomes)... Had season-long seven-game hit streak (including 5G multi-hit game streak), July 14-25 (.448; 13-29, 2BB, 2-2B, 2HR, 6R, 4RBI)... Snapped career-worst 0-for-25, August 3 vs. SEA... Had game-ending CS of K. Johnson, August 21 vs. TB... Became the 1st player in club history with three consecutive seasons of 20+ HR as a catcher, September 6 vs. CWS... Hit walk-off 2RBI single in the 10th inning, September 7 vs. CWS... Batted .282/.326/.546 in 178 plate appearances vs. LHP... Was a Gold Glove finalist (award won by Perez, KC).
Made second career All-Star team and won second career Gold Glove (also 2011), setting career-highs in G (144), AB (526),HR (23), RBI (83) and BB (60) ... Led AL catchers in games caught (134), putouts (994) and was 2nd in caught stealing (32) and 3rd in CS % (38.6) ... Batted .296/.389/.541 in final 27 games, beginning 9/1 ... Had 3rd multi-HR game of the season, 9/16 @OAK (4th career) ... Had three CS, 8/25 vs. TOR, the 14th time three base runners have been CS in a game for the O's (first since 8/10/88) ... Collected career-high tying 5RBI, 8/8 vs. SEA ... Became first O's catcher with 2 SB in a game since J. Oates, 6/10/72, when he did it 8/4 @TB (equaled career total enteringgame) ... Hit first career Eutaw St HR, 6/29 vs. CLE ... Hit GW HR in the 8th inning, 6/24 vs. WAS ... Tied career-high with 4 hits & 5RBI, 6/14 vs. PIT ... Hit walk-off RBI 2B in 10th inning, 6/10 vs. PHI ... Hit first career GS (2nd 2HR game (also 7/26/10 @TOR)) & tied career-high with 5RBI (also 9/15/09 vs. TB), 4/16 @CWS ... Went 0-for-4 in AL Wild Card Game @TEX...Batted .150 (3-20) in 5G ALDS vs. NYY (2BB, 2B, 2R)
Made first All-Star team, going 0-for-1 in the game ... Won his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award with a .995 fielding percentage which tied for the AL lead among catchers ... Became the first Orioles catcher to win a Gold Glove ... Set career-highs in G (139), AB (500), R (72), 2B (28), HR (22), RBI (68), BB (48) and SLG (.450) ... Hit 20 home runs as a catcher, the 6th such season in O's history (Hoiles - 29 in '93, 25 in '96 and 20 in '92; Hernandez - 23in '06 and Johnson - 21 in '00) ... Led AL catchers (min. 90G) with a caught stealing rate of 37.0% ... Led AL catchers in runs (68), was second in hits (126), 2B (27) and home runs (20), third in RBI (66) and OPS (.774) andfourth in walks (47) ... Was second among AL catchers in innings (1150; Avila - 1157) and games (132; Avila - 133)Charged with only one passed ball this season...Every other AL catcher with 90 games or more had at least four passed balls ... Improved his AB/HR ratio from 34.5 in the first half of the season to 16.0 in the second half, hitting 14 of his 22 home runs afterthe break ... Had career-high 10 game hit streak, May 8-21, (.400; 18-for-45) ... Set career-high with 3 runs, April 19 vs. MIN ... Matched season-high with four RBI, April 29 @CWS ... Batted .324/.390/.649 in 11 game stretch, April 17-29 ... Hit game winning RBI single in the 13th inning, May 10 vs. SEA ... Threw out two attempted base stealers, including one to end the game, May 22 vs. WAS ... Had six three hit games; May 15 and 18, June 11, July 5 and August 8 and 20 ... Hit game-tying two run home run, June 14 @TOR ... Drew career-high three walks, July 7 @BOS ... Made first ML start at firstbase, August 21 @LAA ... Reached base safely a career-high five times (2B & 4BB), August 23 @MIN ... Batted .302/.381/.570 in 24 August games ... Homered in three straight vs. TB, September 12-14 ... Batted .277 (71-256) with an .844 OPS in 72 home games and .246/.710 in 67 road games ... Hit .259/.336/.504 after the All-Star break ... Batted .321/.407/.519 in 123PA with RISP, the 13th best RISP avg. in the AL this season ... Hit .435/.552/1.043 in 29PA in seven games vs. MIN.
Became the first catcher in club history to open a season with three straight multi-hit games (three two-hit games) ... Set a career-high with a 14-game hitting streak from June 9-25 and finished the season with active 14-game streak that beganSeptember 15 ... Finished the season with an active streak of reaching base safely in 11 consecutive games, a streak that began September 20 ... Threw out 21 of 74 runners attempting to steal (28 percent)...Gunned down three of first four runners and four of last seven onthe year ... Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 10 with a strained right hamstring...Was reinstated July 25 ... Recorded first career two-homer game July 26 at Toronto (off Brandon Morrow and Casey Janssen) ... Homered three times in a five-game span from May 1-5 (one vs. Boston and two at New York) ... Had a career-high streak of 30 games without a home run (106 at-bats) from May 6-June 13 (previous high was a 28-gamehomerless stretch that covered 102 at-bats from July 6-August 17, 2009) ... Hit seven of his 11 home runs against AL East foes, including three at Yankee Stadium...Has hit 12 of his 20 career homersagainst AL East clubs and 15 of his 20 homers against AL and NL East clubs (two against Florida and one against the Mets) ... In his career, has now hit 15 home runs batting left-handed and five right-handed...11 of the 20 have gone to the opposite field(eight of the 11 opposite field blasts coming from the left side of the plate and three from the right side) ... Recorded consecutive three-RBI games June 20-22 (at San Diego and vs. Florida) ... Was 4-for-10 with 11 RBI with the bases loaded ... Went 3-for-7 with a solo homer in two games as a designated hitter ... Batted .324 (44-136) when ahead in the count but just .141 (19-135) when behind in the count ... Batted .325 (41-126) in the sixth position in the lineup and .219 (70-320) elsewhere ... Was sixth on the team with 130 games played and fifth with 22 doubles and 11 homers ... Finished fifth on the team with 34 extra-base hits and 26 multi-hit games ... Went 4-for-22 (.182) at Yankee Stadium but hit three home runs and drove in five runs...Also has three career homers at RogersCentre ... Featured on the cover of the March 15 issue of Sports Illustrated, the first time an Oriole has been on the cover of SI sinceRoberto Alomar graced the cover on October 14, 1996 ... Batted .220 with one homer and five RBI in 50 spring training at-bats
Had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk on May 29 and made his major league debut that night vs. DET...Wieters reached the big leagues with fewer games of minor league experience (169) than any active catcher in the major leagues, ahead of Chris Iannetta (236), Ivan Rodriguez (271), Chris Snyder (281) and Joe Mauer (284)...Flew out to right field in his first at-bat against Dontrelle Willis (Melvin Mora was thrown out trying to advance to third base onthe flyout)...Tripled off Justin Verlander for his first major league hit on May 30...Since 1954, only four other catchers have tripled for theirfirst major league hit: Dane Sardinha (DET), June 29, 2008; Yorvit Torrealba (SF), September 5, 2001; Pat Borders (TOR), April 6, 1988; and Chuck Lindstrom (CWS), September 28, 1958...Torrealba was catching when Sardinha hit his Triple-And Sardinhawas catching when Wieters hit his triple....Hit his first ML HR vs. NYM on June 17, with a second inning two-run shot off Tim Redding...Homered in consecutive games, September 15-16...Six of his nine home runs went to the opposite field...Led all AL rookies in batting average (.288)...Hit safely in 21 of his last 29 games played...Batted .313 (68-217) with six homers and 26 RBI left-handed and .248 (34-137) with three homers and 17 RBI right-handed...Hit .310 (87-281) at night and .205 (15-73) in day games...Hit his first career walk-off home run, September 16 vs. TB (Springer)...Against AL East opponents, batted .327 (50-153) with 5 homers and 22 RBI...Hit .455 in 12 games against Boston and .405 in 10 games vs. TB...When hitting in the third position in the batting order, he batted .340 (17-50 in 12 games) and hit .280 in the fifth through eighthpositions...Recorded a career-high 4 hits on July 28 vs. KC...Drove in a career-high 5 runs on September 15 vs. TB...Hit in a career-high 9 straight games, July 20-August 1, batting .424 (14-33) during the streak...Batted .362 (34-94) with 3 HR and 14 RBI in September (monthly highs in each category)...Hit in 15 of his last 19 games, batting .392 (29-74) to raise his average from .265 to .288...In his final 28 games (starting September 2), batted .343 (37-108) with 15 runs and 17 RBI...Had 8 multi-hit games in his last 15 contests...Had 17 RBI in his last 20 games after driving in 17 runs in his first 52 games...Started 84 games behind the plate, with the Orioles going 27-57 in those games...Served as the designated hitter in 9 games(3-6)...After the season, was named the top prospect in the International League by Baseball America
Named Baseball America's Player of the Year and Named to the Bank of America First Team All-Star Team...Recipient of the Brooks Robinson Award...Began the year with Class-A Frederick and hit .345 (79-229) with eight doubles, 15 home runs, 48 runs & 40 RBI in 69 games...Went 2-for-3 with a walk, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI in his first professional game, April 4 vs. Lynchburg...Had a 2-home run game twice more for the Keys (May 9 @ Lynchburg and May 18 vs. Lynchburg)...Collected 4 hits and 4 runs scored for the Keys on June 6 @Winston-Salem...Transferred to Bowie on June 27, where he hit .365 (76-208) with 14 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs, 41 runs & 51 RBI in 61 games...Went 3-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, 2 home runs and a career-high 6 RBI on August 8 vs. New Britain...Named the Organizational Player of the Month with Frederick in April, hitting .338 (24-71), with four 2B, five HR, 15 runs & 15 RBI...Named the Topps Player of the Month with Frederick in May, batting .337 (32-95) with two 2B, seven HR, 21 runs & 18 RBI...Named the Carolina League Player of the Week, May 5-11...Named the Organizational Player of the Month for August with Bowie, hitting .364 (36-99) with five 2B, 3B, six HR, 21 runs & 23 RBI...Had a season-high 17-game hit streak, July 1-18.
Signed his first professional contract on August 23 and reported to Short-A Aberdeen...Worked out over the final week of season but was not activated...Made his pro debut with the Honolulu Sharks in the Hawaiian Winter League, where he batted .283 (30-106) with 9 doubles, a triple, homer and 17 RBI in 31 games...Hit safely in 22 games and reached base by hit or walk in 27 of 31 games, including 21 of his first 22 contests...Went 4-for-5 with 2 doubles, a homer and 3 RBI on October 26 vs. North Shore...Named the Orioles #1 prospect by Baseball America after the season.
Hit safely in 54 of 68 games and batted .355 with 15 HR and 71 RBI...Named MVP of the NCAA Atlanta Regional after reaching base safely in 14 of 15 plate appearances, going 8-for-9 with 6 RBI, 6 runs, 6 walks and 3 HR...Hit .560 (14-25) with 5 HR, 10 RBI, 12 runs, 9 walks, and one HBP in 7 NCAA Tournament games....As a pitcher, went 1-3 with 7 saves and a 3.41 ERA.
Hit .366 with 10 home runs and posted a .470 on base percentage...Had 68 RBI, a Georgia Tech record for freshmen... Earned ACC and National Player of the Week honors after going 12-for-14 with a grand slam and 8 RBI in Tech's sweep at Duke, 3/4-3/6...Earned his second ACC Player of the Week award on 3/28...Went 3-3 with 6 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 26 pitching appearances.