A scout's take -- Matt Wieters, Orioles' first-round pick

June 10, 2007

Defense -- The first thing you have to talk about is his catching and his arm strength. He has a 70 arm (out of 80), and that's very above average. He's got great hands and agility, especially for a 6-foot-5 guy. He moves well from side to side behind the plate.

Offense -- It's a plus that he's a switch-hitter. He has better power from the left side, but he has power from both sides. He's a consistent line-drive guy with above-average power. If there is a weakness, I guess it's his [lack of] speed. But you wouldn't expect [speed] from a catcher.

Overall -- His makeup is off the charts. He's a hard worker, and you never hear anything negative about him. Obviously, he is going to want a big contract. I think he wants to go out [of college], it's just whether it's the right matchup money-wise. [If he signs] I could see him getting a September call-up next year. He is that special.

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