I feel like Matt Weiters' final few (pricey and injury-riddled) years in Baltimore hurt his legacy here. It definitely distracts from how well he did in his first few years:
2 Gold Gloves, 2 All Star Selections
Made about $1.7 Million over those 4 years
0 Gold Gloves, 2 All Star Selections (one in a season which he played only 26 games)
Made about $37.3 Million over those 4 years.
One of my favorite players of the Buck Era, and his career stats are nearly identical to C Davis. I'll never forget the game where his homerun reached the club level in LF.
Since the inception of pro baseball in the 1870s something like 15 billion people have been alive.
Let's say for the sake of argument that half of a percent of those people have played some form of organized baseball. That would be 75 million people.
In history maybe 200,000 or 250,000 people have appeared in a minor league game.
About 20,000 people have appeared in a major league game.
2,327 players have been a catcher for at least one game.
Of those 2,327 Matt Wieters is the 91st-best catcher of all time by JAWS.
So he's in the top 4% of all Major League catchers of all time, which puts him among the top 0.4% of professional catchers, which puts him in the top 0.0001% of everyone who's ever caught a game, and in the top 0.0000007% of all humans in catching ability.
You'd have to pick the best catcher out of every Japan-sized group of people to come upon someone who was as good a catcher as Matt Wieters.
Is that a tragedy? I guess it depends on your perspective.
I don’t think you would need to trade up to get Jackson. He may not be there in the second, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him fall. He’s losing momentum as guys like Ezra Cleveland and Isaiah Wilson are rising. I heard on some podcast that the Browns are hot for Cleveland and may move back to get him later in the first.
Pittman in the second would be a good pick. He may fall back to the third, but he’d fit nicely with a late second.