The Baltimore Orioles drafted catcher Matt Wieters. They developed him as a homegrown player, and he made his MLB debut in 2009. He left the Orioles after the 2016 season, which of course culminated with the Orioles falling in the Wild Card Game.
However he was a member of the 2012 team which went to the ALDS. He was also a member of the 2014 team which went to the ALCS. However Wieters’ season was cut short due to having to undergo Tommy John’s surgery. After leaving the O’s Wieters spent two seasons as a member of the Washington Nationals, and this year signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.
And Wieters has now finally made it to the LCS round as a result. St. Louis is playing Washington in the National League Championship series (which Washington now leads 1-0). Wieters has primarily been a backup this year, but he’s on the roster.
It’s always good to see a former Oriole having success. Wieters was never the same after the aforementioned surgery, but he’s still a solid major league catcher. And I suspect he’s thrilled to finally have the opportunity to compete for a championship given that he had to watch it from afar the last time around.