hsbaseballcoach wrote:I STRONGLY disagree with Wieters bashing. He has been a defensive gem and his offense continues to improve. He went from college where every pitch was called from the dugout, to handling a MLB staff with limited experience in 2 years. Anyone who knows baseball even a little bit should know that a catcher needs to be a defensive player first and an offensive player second. Look at Piazza - an offensive stud and a defensive liability. For as many contributions as he made with the bat - how many runners did he let get into scoring position because he could not block or throw. If Piazza would have had the offensive career he had in Baltimore with the current staff - this discussion would be about how defense should be the priority. Wieters should be PRAISED and will only continue to get better.