Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-- --Before catcher Matt Wieters scored the game-tying run in the ninth inning of the Orioles' eventual 11-10 victory over the Washington Nationals yesterday, it had not been a good day for players selected in the top 10 of last year's first-year player draft.
Promising left-hander Ross Detwiler, whom the Nationals selected sixth, was hammered for two earned runs and three hits in one inning. Wieters, who went fifth overall, was 0-for-2 with a strikeout and couldn't handle Oscar Salazar's throw from right field in the top of the ninth, allowing Washington to tie the game.
But that wasn't even the ultimate injustice. During his at-bat in the eighth inning, his name was incorrectly spelled "Weiters" on the scoreboard. The last name was spelled correctly in his next at-bat, but his first name was listed as "Scott."
Considering the Orioles made out a check for his $6 million signing bonus, you would think they could remember the correct spelling of his name.