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Profile: Matt Wieters
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Name: Matt Wieters
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 230
Date of Birth: 5/21/86
School: Georgia Tech Rank: 37
Had Wieters not made it be known that he intended to honor his commitment to Georgia Tech coming out of high school, he likely would have been a first-round pick in 2004. He is a very good natural athlete with an imposing build. He has hit immediately upon stepping onto GT's campus, hitting for average and power, from both sides of the plate, while showing a very discplined eye. Not only does he walk, but he also doesn't strike out, somewhat surprising given his tall stature. Wieters has also proven to be able to hit with a wood bat, dating back to his success at the 2003 WWBA tournament in Jupiter, Florida, and he has further proven his prowess hitting with wood during the summer of 2006 while playing in the Cape Cod League, where he was named the league's best pro prospect by the scouting community. Defensively there is some question that he'll be able to stick behind the plate given his stature, but he shows very good quickness, a strong throwing arm and his natural leadership skills allow him to handle the pitching staff well. He also serves as GT's closer, and his fastball has been clocked as high as 98 mph. He could be considered a first-rounder as a pitcher as well, but his future lies behind the dish.

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