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THE TOTAL PACKAGE Rare Bird
Tom Verducci
March 15, 2010
Highly drafted catchers who can hit and play defense come around less often than playoff games at Camden Yards—which is why Baltimore has built a suddenly promising future around Matt Wieters. No two ways about it: The Orioles are sitting on the most sought-after commodity in the game.
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March 15, 2010

The Total Package Rare Bird

Highly drafted catchers who can hit and play defense come around less often than playoff games at Camden Yards—which is why Baltimore has built a suddenly promising future around Matt Wieters. No two ways about it: The Orioles are sitting on the most sought-after commodity in the game.

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THE EYES

Hit .288 in 2009, the best average by an AL rookie; also had a respectable .340 on-base percentage

THE ARM

Threw out 24% of base stealers, fourth best in the AL (min. 85 attempts)

THE GLOVE

Could develop into the first Gold Glove catcher in franchise history

THE POP

Hits with power to all fields—from both sides of the plate

THE DESIRE

Likes the position so much that he says, "catching can keep you sane"

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