Matt Wieters seems much more relaxed at the plate. In my opinion, showing he was human those first two and a half months of the season was the best thing that ever happened to the rookie.
Not that he failed by any means, but by having things not come so easy for the first time in his life appears to have made him a great student of the game. It's clear he's buckled down and made a decision to learn.
When Wieters was first called up, he struggled at the plate. It showed fans and media that their ridiculous expectations needed to be tempered. Once they were, he was free to grow---and he has. It's amazing what happens when the weight of the world that comes with being a first round draft pick lightens up a bit.
In Matt's last 17 games, he's batted .311. He told me he's feeling much more comfortable from both sides of the plate, but especially has noticed a difference against lefties.
When Wieters first came up to the big leagues, he told me a big difference from the minor leagues was the left handed pitching he was facing in the majors. He said there are lefties that locate and hit their spots in Triple A, but not ones that throw 92-93mph. The rookie wasn't used to seeing that type of stuff and velocity from the lefty arm angles.
The stretch the O's endured in June in which they saw nine consecutive lefties threw Wieters right into the fire. He struggled then, but thinks that experience helped because now he's seen a ton of south paws.
Also, Wieters says now that he's seeing the same lefties in the AL for the second time around, he feels like he has a better feel for what they do. Plus, he said he's a "timing hitter" who will get better the more at bats he sees.
In that case, we'll look to see Wieters get better and better as the season progresses.