The much-anticipated arrival of top O's prospect Matt Wieters is now just a few days away.
According to Andy MacPhail, president of baseball operations for the Orioles, Wieters will make his major league debut on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. And when Wieters does arrive, the Orioles will most likely release veteran catcher Chad Moeller.
Even though the move comes a little earlier than many thought it would happen, the decision to bring Wieters up makes sense. Two young pitchers, Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken (who's making his own major league debut tonight), are already on the O's roster, and more (is David Hernandez next?) will be making their way to Baltimore as the season rolls along. Not only does Wieters appear to be ready, but by adding him to the roster now, he'll have the chance to work with those young pitchers even more and they can all learn, grow, and improve together. Having the chance to work with Gregg Zaun should also help Wieters perfect his catching skills.
Oh, and Wieters is obviously a huge upgrade offensively behind the plate. How's this for a potential lineup?
Luke Scott should be back soon after a brief rehab stint, and he's also a big upgrade over the disappointing Ty Wigginton.
Anyway, I'm excited to see Wieters in an Orioles uniform, even if he doesn't start out on fire.