Jorge Mateo
24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Oakland Athletics AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Mateo’s first season at Triple-A was a disaster, but he is extremely close to the majors and has 80-grade speed, so it would be a mistake to write him off. Underperformance was like a plague on Nashville’s hitters last season, and there are rumors that the Triple-A field staff did some fruitless tinkering with the swings and approaches of some top prospects, Mateo included. There have been makeup concerns with the speedster for a while, and he has struggled with pitch recognition. That said, he hit .296/.357/.521 with a 22.7 K% in 60 games at Double-A in 2017, so it is not like he has been a lost cause in the upper levels. Mateo does not turn 24 until late June, and if something clicks for him at the plate, he could make his MLB debut this summer. His defensive home will likely be second base or center field, and he may start out in a utility role. He could steal 40 bases over a full season even if he is only getting on base at a .300 clip. Read Past Outlooks
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Hitting well since return
SSOakland Athletics  AAA
August 19, 2019
Mateo is 4-for-15 with a double, a triple, two walks and four runs in the four games he's played for Triple-A Las Vegas since returning from a stay on the 7-day minor-league injured list due to ankle soreness.
The promising shortstop appears to be fully over the ankle issues that put a pause in his stellar season. Even after an 0-for-4 afternoon versus Albuquerque on Sunday -- his first hitless game since returning -- Mateo is slashing .294/.335/.518 across 104 games with the Aviators this season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
It was an eventful year for Mateo. He completely underwhelmed in a repeat trip to High-A, received a promotion to Double-A anyway, raked, got dealt to the A's, and kept raking. From a fantasy perspective, Mateo is the best prospect Oakland received in the Sonny Gray trade. He has legitimate 80-grade speed -- a tool that has allowed Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon to not only be relevant, but coveted in roto leagues, despite posting isolated power figures that look more like fahrenheit readings. Unlike Hamilton and Gordon, Mateo is not a zero in the power department, and could pull 8-to-12 balls out per year at peak. His batting average will likely fluctuate quite a bit based on BABIP, but he could be a .250 or .260 hitter who occasionally flirts with hitting .280. Since the trade, he is back to being developed as a shortstop. He could be ready for a callup in the second half, but the A's have an annoying amount of controllable, albeit uninspiring middle infielders, so it's hard to say when Mateo will be handed an everyday gig.
Mateo had a rocky 2016, including a suspension midseason for conduct detrimental to the team. He started the season at High-A Tampa and apparently was dissatisfied with the lack of a promotion to Double-A Trenton. On the field, Mateo's average was down, his strikeouts were up, and he stole less than half as many bases as he did in 2015. He hit just .254 with 36 steals in 2016, as compared to a .278 average and 82 steals in 2015. In addition, with the acquisition of Gleyber Torres from the Cubs, the Yankees have been trying out new positions for the 21-year-old, including second base and center field. Despite the bumps in the road, Mateo's speed is elite, and he also posted career bests in home runs and RBI in 2016. He should finally get his wish and begin the 2017 campaign at Double-A, though where Mateo will play in the field remains to be seen.
A highly coveted asset at the 2015 trade deadline, Mateo was one of four Yankees prospects GM Brian Cashman deemed untouchable. At just 20 years old and never playing above the High-A level, the shortstop has already made a name for himself in the organization, both with his bat and his legs. The 20-year-old swiped 82 bags last season between Low-A and High-A while being caught just 17 times, and he posted an impressive .321/.374/.452 line once being promoted. Didi Gregorius currently poses a potential roadblock to Mateo at short at the big league level, but the youngster doesn't have any minor league experience at any other position in the field. Mateo is still at least a year away from getting his first taste of the big leagues, if not more, but should continue to move up through the organizational ranks in 2016 and could be worth a look in dynasty formats.
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On IL with ankle soreness
SSOakland Athletics  AAA
August 14, 2019
Mateo is on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Las Vegas with minor ankle soreness, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Three homers in last two games
SSOakland Athletics  AAA
July 27, 2019
Mateo, who went 4-for-6 with two solo home runs and four runs for Triple-A Las Vegas in a win over El Paso on Friday, has three homers and four RBI in his last two games.
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Likely in Triple-A until September
SSOakland Athletics  AAA
July 16, 2019
Mateo, who's slashing .301/.336/.521 with 46 extra-base hits (20 doubles, 13 triples, 13 home runs) and 62 RBI across 408 plate appearances at Triple-A Las Vegas, is nevertheless likely to remain with the Aviators until rosters expand in September, Martin Gallegos of reports.
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Heading to Futures Game
SSOakland Athletics  AAA
June 29, 2019
Mateo was selected to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game on Friday, Martin Gallegos of reports.
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Still running hot in desert
SSOakland Athletics  AAA
May 7, 2019
Mateo, who's slashing .333/.374/.551 with eight doubles, eight triples, two home runs, 24 RBI and eight stolen bases across 29 games with Triple-A Las Vegas, could be the next callup for the Athletics, Martin Gallegos of reports.
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