A couple of weeks ago, the folks over at Baseball Prospectus said that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters would be the team's biggest disappointment in 2011. Now they have labeled the 24-year-old former first-round pick as one of the "most disappointing prospects of all time." Really.
"As we were among the first to hop on the Wieters bandwagon, let us be among the first off of it," wrote Steven Goldman. "The backstop is heading into his age-25 season. Whatever his .343/.438/.576 rates seemed to portend, that’s gone, along with the notion that he’s a switch-hitter (he has hit .230/.278/.344 from the right side) or a power hitter.
"His glove and the dream of what might have been will keep him around for years, but stardom now seems spectacularly unlikely."
SB Nation's Rob Neyer told me last week that he doesn't see Wieters becoming a superstar, either.
Wieters has played in 226 games in his big-league career since being called up in the middle of the 2009 season to meet crazy hype at Camden Yards. He had a solid rookie campaign, batting .288 with a .412 slugging percentage and a .752 OPS. His 2010 season was a disappointment, sure, but I think it's a little premature for Baseball Prospectus to label him an all-time bust.
Goldman indicated that once he unveils his "infamous 50" in five installments of 10, he will rank them. Then we'll see exactly how far Wieters' star has fallen in the eyes of Baseball Prospectus.