Goose Creek native Matt Wieters has been selected to play for the American League in tonight's Major League All-Star Game in Phoenix. The 25-year-old former Stratford High School and Georgia Tech catcher is in rare company; Gorman Thomas with a pinch-hit appearance in 1981 at Cleveland is the only player born and raised in the Charleston area to have played in an All-Star Game.

But Wieters, coaches and managers can attest, was bound for stardom.

"This (All-Star selection) is well deserved. He has a chance to be very good for a long time."

Dave Trembley, former Orioles manager

"With Matt, you pitch carefully and you pray. The guy is complete."

Ray Tanner, head coach of the 2005 South Carolina team eliminated by Wieters and Georgia Tech in an NCAA Regional

"We've had players at Georgia Tech that were good and we have had special players, like Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek and Jay Payton. Matt is one of those special players."

Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall

"Matt's poise and make-up is off the charts. He has the physical abilities and he didn't come in thinking that he knew it all. He wanted to learn and was receptive to instruction."

Dave Trembley, Wieters' Baltimore Orioles manager in 2009 and 2010

"Mr. Wieters is what we'd probably call a complete player. You don't change anything with a guy like that."

J.J. Cannon, hitting coach when Wieters played for the Class A Frederick Keys in 2008

"This (All-Star selection) is well deserved. He has a chance to be very good for a long time."

Stratford High baseball coach John Chalus

Matt Wieters in the majors

Year Team Games At-bats Average HRs RBIs

2009 Orioles 96 354 .288 9 43

2010 Orioles 130 446 .249 11 55

2011 Orioles 78 276 .264 8 34