Matt Wieters timeline

May 21, 1986 -- Matthew Richard Wieters is born in Goose Creek, S.C. His father, Richard, pitched in the minor leagues with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox from 1977 to 1981.

2001-2004 -- Wieters plays all four years on the Stratford High (Goose Creek, S.C.) varsity team as a catcher, pitcher and first baseman. He is an All-American, All-State and All-Region selection as a senior in 2004 after hitting .407 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs.

June 29, 2005 -- Wieters is named to the Freshman All-America team by Baseball America after batting .366 with 10 home runs and 68 RBIs in 60 games for Georgia Tech.

June 7, 2007 -- The Orioles select Wieters with the fifth overall pick in the MLB draft. Wieters hit .359 with 35 home runs and 198 RBIs in 185 collegiate games at Georgia Tech, and also spent time as the Yellow Jackets' closer during his three seasons.

Aug. 15, 2007 -- Near the signing deadline, the Orioles and Wieters agree to a contract with a franchise-record $6 million signing bonus.

September to November 2007 -- Wieters plays for the Honolulu Sharks in Hawaii Winter Baseball, hitting .283 with one home run and 17 RBIs in in 31 games. He also has nine doubles, one triple and 12 walks.

April 4, 2008 -- In his first professional game, Wieters goes 2-for-3 with two home runs in Single-A Frederick's 7-3 win over Lynchburg. He hits .345 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs in 69 games for the Keys before being promoted to Double-A Bowie in June.

June 28, 2008 -- Wieters is 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in his first game for the Baysox, a 7-1 win over Altoona. In 61 games for Bowie, Wieters hit .365 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs.

September 2008 -- The Baysox make the playoffs for the first time since 1997, but are eliminated in the first round by Akron after Wieters goes just 2-for-15 with four walks. Baseball America names Wieters as the Minor League Player of the Year, and he's also chosen as the publication's top prospect for the Single-A Carolina League and Double-A Eastern League.

February 2009 -- Wieters is selected as the No. 1 prospect in the minor leagues by Baseball America.

March 2009 -- Wieters hits .333 with one home run and five RBIs in 20 games for the Orioles during spring training, but is assigned to Triple-A Norfolk to start the season.

April 17, 2009 -- After suffering a minor hamstring injury, Wieters is removed from the Tides' game against Gwinnett for precautionary reasons. He misses four games before returning to the lineup on April 23 against Durham.

May 26, 2009 -- On the MASN telecast of the Orioles game against the Toronto Blue Jays, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail announces that Wieters will be promoted to play against the Detroit Tigers Friday at Camden Yards.

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