Matt Wieters had a paper route as a kid: there were no survivors. When he falls out of a boat, Matt Wieters does not get wet: the water gets Matt Wieters. It only takes Matt Wieters 20 minutes to watch 60 minutes. He is that awesome:
Baseball scouts and executives like to blame the media for excessive hype. Reporters like to say they’re just relaying what’s told to them by scouts and executives. Both sides are trying to feed fans’ curiosity and knowledge. Everyone is an accomplice in this.
It is a fine line. A scouting director’s job depends on the performance and perception of his draft picks. He needs to talk up the prospects to justify their selection and money but needs to temper expectations to protect the investment. Sometimes it feels like damned if you do too much, ridiculed if you do too little.
The Orioles’ scouting director predicted Wieters to be “an annual All-Star” before he played his first minor-league game. If he says anything less, the kid’s not worth the draft status and money, right?
“Expectations are nothing but trouble,” says Dan O’Dowd, general manager of the Rockies. “We put expectations on a player, and all those do is lead to disappointment.”
Good stuff from Sam Mellinger. Orioles fans won’t want to read the names Todd Van Poppel, Brad Komminsk, and Dewon Brazelton in the same article assessing the Wieters hype, but the fact remains: we don’t really know what’s gonna happen until someone steps in against Major League pitching, and Wieters won’t even be doing that until sometime later this summer.