Baltimore Orioles: Chance Sisco Will Always Be Compared to Matt Wieters

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Now that Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco has made the Orioles 25-man roster, the comparison to Matt Wieters will always surround him.

It’s always interesting to see how Baltimore Orioles prospects are compared to other players in the franchise. For instance, Chance Sisco

He’ll always be compared to Matt Wieters because he’s one of the reasons why the Orioles didn’t want to give Wieters a long-term contract extension after the 2016 season.  My question is if he will be better than Wieters?

All the analysts said that Wieters could hit, and he did hit in the minors before he made his MLB debut with the Orioles.

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However, he never lived up to his No. 1 draft pick potential at the plate. He was extremely solid behind the plate and helped bring the winning culture back in Baltimore.

Wieters produced a .256 batting average in eight seasons as the Orioles starting catcher. Before he had season-ending surgery in 2014, Wieters was having the most significant offensive season of his career, but he hasn’t been the same since.

Baltimore Orioles fans haven’t seen much of Sisco in the majors yet, except for a few games at the end of the 2017 season. The Orioles drafted Sisco in the second round of the 2013 MLB draft, and so far he’s been a hitter. In five seasons in the minor leagues, the 23-year-old catcher has an exceptional .310 batting average.

Yes, pitching at the major league level is far different from the minors so who knows how Sisco will do with regular at-bats. But, Sisco’s .419/.471/.839 slash line at Orioles spring training indicates he’s ready to be the O’s starting catcher in 2018.

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Nonetheless, it’s refreshing to see the progress Sisco has made throughout his career. Above all, the Orioles have stability at the catcher position for years to come after juggling between Caleb Joseph and former Orioles catcher Welington Castillo.