Matt Wieters Kills Carolina League, Promoted to AA Bowie Bay Sox

L.J. BurgessSenior Writer IJune 28, 2008

The Baltimore Orioles announced the promotion of their 2007 first round draft pick Matt Wieters to the AA Bowie Bay Sox tonight. Wieters will be in the Bay Sox lineup on Saturday night.

This raises the question of a September call up to Baltimore if the Orioles are in contention for a Wild Card spot. With the big league club only seven games out of first in the AL East at the halfway mark and in need of another big bat, it has to be a consideration.

Orioles GM Andy McPhail and his minor league staff had hoped to move Wieters through the Orioles' minor league system at a deliberate pace, but the young switch hitter's rapid progress has derailed that plan.

After less than half a season, Wieters leaves the single A Carolina League pitching staff in shambles after 38 games with a .342, 14 HR, 38 RBI start for the Frederick Keys.

Matt Wieters just turned 22 last week and is the number one prospect in the Orioles' minor league system. He was drafted fifth as a catcher out of Georgia Tech in 2007 where he was two-time All-American. Wieters was also a Yellow Jacket closer in his first three seasons.

The native of Goose Creek, South Carolina, represented by Scott Boros, signed within 90 days of the draft and received a $6 million signing bonus.