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Matt Wieters | Catcher | #32

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Georgia Tech
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (5) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Recent News's Jamal Collier writes that the Nationals plan on "using more of a platoon" with Matt Wieters at catcher this season.
Wieters has hit better against lefties in his career, so it's unlikely we're talking about any sort of strict platoon here, but rather the Nats simply planning to rest the veteran catcher more. Coming off a season in which he hit an ugly .225/.288/.344, Wieters should only be considered in two-catcher leagues at this point. Pedro Severino will have to hold off non-roster invitee Miguel Montero to be the No. 2 behind Wieters. Feb 9 - 3:54 PM

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Matt Wieters exercised his $10.5 million player option for 2018.

It was an expected decision. Wieters was one of the game's worst hitters this past season, batting just .225/.288/.344 over 123 games. He also had his lowest caught-stealing percentage since his rookie season in 2009. The Nationals could look for some additional catching help this winter.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 11:49:00 AM's Mark Feinsand reports that Matt Wieters intends to exercise his $10.5 million option for 2018.

Wieters maintains name recognition but hasn't been very productive for a few years now. He was one of the worst-hitting regulars in baseball in 2017 with a .225/.288/.344 batting line, so him picking up his player option for next season doesn't come as a surprise.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 01:27:00 PM

Matt Wieters hit his 10th home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Wieters took Mets starter Matt Harvey deep for a solo shot in the fifth inning. It's now the sixth time in his career that Wieters has hit double-digit homers in a season, but his current 10 would be the lowest total for a relatively full season since his rookie year in 2009. The 31-year-old is batting .225/.283/.347 with 52 RBI and 43 runs scored in 118 games overall.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 12:56:00 AM

Matt Wieters went 0-for-4 and struck out three times on Friday as the Nationals were shut out by the Dodgers.

Wieters is in the midst of a miserable season offensively, slashing just .228/.285/.345 with nine homers and 50 RBI. Not quite the production the Nationals were hoping for when inking him to a two-year, $21 million contract over the off-season.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 10:18:00 PM

Matt Wieters is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Marlins.

Wieters has been dealing with some back tightness, though he did play Monday's series opener in Miami. Pedro Severino is doing the catching for the Nats on Tuesday and he'll bat eighth versus Marlins right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 03:50:00 PM

Matt Wieters (back) has returned to the Nationals' lineup Monday against the Marlins.

Wieters didn't start over the weekend due to back tightness and a bruised knee. He'll bat eighth against lefty Adam Conley in his return. Wieters is batting just .238/.294/.359 with nine homers and 49 RBI over 107 games this season.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 03:35:00 PM

Matt Wieters remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday due to back tightness.

Wieters hasn't started since fouling a ball off his left knee Thursday, but apparently it's his back that's bothering him. However, he thinks he'll be good to go Monday. Jose Lobaton is catching Sunday.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 11:59:00 AM

Matt Wieters will likely start Sunday and could be available off the bench in Satursday's game.

Wieters is getting a second consecutive day off today after taking a ball off his knee on Thursday. He stayed in that game after being looked at by the trainer, but the Nats decided the smart thing to do was give him a little break.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 04:57:00 PM

Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with a two-run single and two runs scored Monday against the Marlins.

Wieters capped the Nationals’ six-run rally against the Marlins bullpen in the bottom of the sixth inning. These sort of nights have been few and far between for Wieters this season. He came into Monday’s action hitting .175 this month and has a career-low .657 OPS on the year. We’re guessing he’s going to exercise his $10.5 million club option for 2018.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 10:57:00 PM

Matt Wieters socked a two-run homer, propelling the Nationals to a 4-3 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night in Houston.

Wieters' two-run blast off of Charlie Morton in the fourth inning gave the Nationals a 4-3 advantage, and that's how the score would remain for the duration. He also drew a walk, finishing the night 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. On the season, Wieters is slashing a disappointing .232/.290/.365 with nine homers and 46 RBI.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 01:27:00 AM

Matt Wieters is not in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

It's just a maintenance day for Wieters, who is in the midst of a 1-for-20 dry spell. Jose Lobaton will start behind the plate and bat eighth Saturday against Padres left-hander Travis Wood.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 06:27:00 PM

Matt Wieters went 1-for-3 with a grand slam and five total RBI in Sunday's 9-4 win over the Cubs.

Not only did Wieters hit a grand slam, he did so in a huge spot. At the time he went yard with the bases juiced and one out in the eighth inning, the game had been tied at 4-4. Not so when the ball landed. Wieters had been in an 0-for-12 slide entering action on Saturday, but has now picked up hits in three of his last five at-bats. For the season as a whole, the veteran catcher is slashing .245/.294/.382 with eight homers and 43 RBI over the course of 86 games played.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 06:30:00 PM

Matt Wieters was ejected from Saturday's game against the Cubs.

Wieters got into it with home plate umpire Chad Whitson after the bottom of the sixth inning. He finished the afternoon 2-for-2 with an RBI. Jose Lobaton replaced him.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Matt Wieters went hitless in four plate appearances Tuesday versus the Brewers and is now batting .246/.293/.380 on the season.

The low on-base percentage from Wieters is expected this point, but he's been a disappointment in the power department. The veteran backstop slugged four dingers in April but has just three since, and none so far in July.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 10:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Matt Wieters
2Miguel Montero
3Pedro Severino
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Reynolds
3Reid Brignac
4Kelvin Gutierrez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5A.J. Cole
6Erick Fedde
7Jefry Rodriguez
8Joe Ross
9Edwin Jackson
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Enny Romero
7Joaquin Benoit
8Matt Grace
9Sammy Solis
10Austin Adams
11Wander Suero
12David Goforth
13Tim Collins
14Bryan Harper