Posada on Wieters' struggles: "it's going to make him better".
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada knows how brutal the American League East can be. With a heavily decorated 16-year career, Posada said the biggest task facing young Orioles backstop Matt Wieters is learning to make adjustments.
“It’s probably the toughest thing to learn,” Posada said. “When you are back there behind the plate, obviously your number one priority is the pitcher, the defense, and [Wieters is] doing a hell of a job. I think he needs to understand that.
And he’s going to hit. [But] He’s got to understand that his priority is behind the plate. He’s going through some tough adjustments at the plate. He cannot let it affect what he’s doing behind the plate, and he’s doing a great job, I don’t think it’s affecting him one bit. He looks great behind the plate.”
Wieters has struggled at the plate for most of the season, but he has been making an effort to shorten his swing and get on top of the ball. He said on Tuesday that he felt confident in his work in the batting cages with hitting coach Terry Crowley and he’s put together a nice pair of games, going 4-for-9 with a double and an RBI, in the first two games against the Yankees.
“It’s a tougher time the second time around [the Major Leagues], the third, it’s just going to make him better,” Posada said. ” It’s going to make him a better player.”
While some have speculated that the 24-year-old Wieters might have been overhyped, Posada didn’t see it that way.
“No, the sky’s the limit,” Posada said of Wieters’ potential. “He’s going to be a good player. He looks strong, he looks good. And he’s going to be there for a while.”