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Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby RynMan » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:40 pm

Do they trade Hernandez in the off season and make room for him?
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Re: Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby Mugrila » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:18 pm

I don't think he'll start there right away. He'll be up fairly early though.
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Re: Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby MasterX1918 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:26 pm

Unless Hernandez starts to falter horribly, suffers a serious injury or gets traded then Wieters will stay in the minors. He definitely looks to have a promising future though.
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Re: Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby kimchi_chigae » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:10 pm

I think Weiters has as much chance of being the starting catcher for the O's on Opening Day as Otm Shank has of being nominated for an Oscar.
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Re: Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby RynMan » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:45 am

kimchi_chigae wrote:Otm Shank has of being nominated for an Oscar.


So, a good chance?
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Re: Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby rookies and cream » Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:50 pm

I'll be watching Wieters this fall in the AFL and I think he will get a good look next ST. However, my guess is that he'll get the Braun/Longoria treatment and be up in May '09.
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Re: Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby Old_Style » Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:54 pm

kimchi_chigae wrote:I think Weiters has as much chance of being the starting catcher for the O's on Opening Day as Otm Shank has of being nominated for an Oscar.


Who is Otm Shank?
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Re: Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby San D » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:13 pm

Maybe they can get Towles and a mediocre pitching prospect from Houston for Hernandez. Houston is looking for a starting catcher. Towles could hold the fort until Wieters is ready, and then when the time came, making Towles, Quiroz, or whoever the backup wouldn't be a hard decision. Plus, the O's would save some bling and have another pitching prospect.
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Re: Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby Scooter1027 » Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:18 am

What an incredible year he had. The MLE I could find on Wieters suggests that his performance this year would have been something like a .290/.360/.449 (.809) line in MLB. That'd be a darn good offensive line from a catcher. I think he's capable of better than that though, and it would be a little foolish of Baltimore to rush him. I don't think they're on the cusp of making a playoff push in '09. Let him rip apart AAA a bit. I agree with one of the previous posters -- if he does tear up spring training, and he tears up AAA for a month or so, then maybe you give him the Braun/Longoria treatment and he comes up in May/June sometime.
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Re: Weiters: Opening day catcher for BAL, 2009?

Postby jake_harv88 » Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:44 am

San D wrote:Maybe they can get Towles and a mediocre pitching prospect from Houston for Hernandez. Houston is looking for a starting catcher. Towles could hold the fort until Wieters is ready, and then when the time came, making Towles, Quiroz, or whoever the backup wouldn't be a hard decision. Plus, the O's would save some bling and have another pitching prospect.


I dont really see the point of trading a catcher that they dont plan on using for long...for a catcher they dont plan on using for long...

In the grand scheme of things I would like to see them trade hernandez because clearly he does not fit in with the long term plan of the Orioles. However, I doubt it happens and I agree with the braun/longoria treatment of wieters...
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