Jorge Mateo

Jorge Mateo

29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Baltimore Orioles
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Mateo helped many fantasy managers to championships in 2022 when he swiped 35 bases and hit 13 home runs across 533 plate appearances for Baltimore. While he reached the 30-steal plateau again last season, most of his production came in the first half, before the Orioles began scaling back his playing time. Mateo totaled just 102 plate appearances after the All-Star break, adding one home run and seven RBI to go along with 10 steals in 12 attempts. There are obvious limitations with his bat and the Orioles appear set to hand the reins at shortstop to top prospect Jackson Holliday in the not-too-distant future, leaving Mateo to serve in a bench role. The playing-time trend last season tells us what we need to know entering 2024, though a trade could easily open up a path back to mixed-league relevance. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the Orioles in November of 2023.
Sitting again Sunday
SSBaltimore Orioles
July 7, 2024
Mateo is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
ANALYSIS
He'll hit the bench for the second day in a row after going 2-for-18 at the dish over his last five starts. Mateo looks to be part of a timeshare with Ramon Urias for the final spot in the Orioles' regular infield.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#7
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#9
1
6
20
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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#9
7
9
1
9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+45%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .703 382 52 11 33 33 .239 .291 .411
Since 2022vs Right .603 695 99 14 69 47 .210 .254 .350
2024vs Left .790 86 14 3 6 5 .250 .302 .488
2024vs Right .585 111 16 2 12 8 .208 .239 .347
2023vs Left .746 138 25 3 13 20 .276 .328 .417
2023vs Right .515 211 33 4 21 12 .178 .227 .288
2022vs Left .618 158 13 5 14 8 .203 .253 .365
2022vs Right .657 373 50 8 36 27 .228 .273 .384
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .587 516 71 8 49 39 .212 .248 .339
Since 2022Away .687 561 80 17 53 41 .229 .285 .402
2024Home .708 109 17 2 9 5 .250 .278 .430
2024Away .636 88 13 3 9 8 .198 .253 .383
2023Home .564 147 21 1 12 17 .215 .260 .304
2023Away .639 202 37 6 22 15 .219 .273 .366
2022Home .550 260 33 5 28 17 .195 .229 .321
2022Away .739 271 30 8 22 18 .246 .304 .435
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Stat Review
How does Jorge Mateo compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.21
 
BB Rate
5.1%
 
K Rate
23.9%
 
BABIP
.273
 
ISO
.182
 
AVG
.227
 
OBP
.267
 
SLG
.409
 
OPS
.676
 
wOBA
.292
 
Exit Velocity
88.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.4%
 
Barrels/PA
3.0%
 
Expected BA
.225
 
Expected SLG
.343
 
Sprint Speed
25.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
44.1%
 
Line Drive %
17.6%
 
Fly Ball %
38.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Mateo played all over the diamond in his first two seasons, but he was installed as the Orioles every day shortstop and stayed there all season. Defensively, Mateo was superb, but at the dish, a poor approach resulted in an up and down campaign, though through it all Mateo ran as he led the American League with 35 steals. A 27.6% strikeout rate and a .286 BABIP suppressed his average. The low BABIP came from a 41% fly ball rate, which supports low double-digit power, but clashes with a player possessing below average exit velocity and hard-hit rate but runs with 90th percentile sprint speed. Entering his 28-year-old campaign, Mateo could still improve his contact and hit more grounders, but there are no indications he'll adjust. Baltimore signed Adam Frazier and has a wave of more well-rounded infield prospects ready to help in 2023, so Mateo may start shifting to a utility role sooner than later
Mateo has a perfect situation in 2022 in that he plays for a terrible club and he is out of minor-league options, so he should be given ample opportunity to show his athleticism can stick in the major leagues. Mateo has stolen nearly 300 bases in the minors with a 78% success rate with his only power coming in the year of the rabbit ball combined with playing in the PCL (19 homers in 2019). He has otherwise made a career of slashing and dashing impatiently, putting the ball into play to leverage his lightning-quick speed. He played five different positions for Baltimore last season, and comes into the season qualifying at both middle infield spots with the likelihood to earn outfield eligibility in-season. If you are looking for a late-round speed gamble, this is your guy. Ramon Urias and Kelvin Gutierrez are also out of options, making the early part of the season almost an open tryout to see which infielder sticks.
A mid-summer trade to San Diego appeared to crack open a door for Mateo as the Padres had yet to identify a starter at second base at the time. However, Mateo was set back after contracting COVID-19 and consequently missed most of summer camp. When he made his big-league debut, it was as a left-fielder, and he ended up logging more time in the outfield than the infield over the course of the campaign. That versatility could help him get opportunities, but San Diego's roster is even stronger than it was a year ago, so the speedster is certain to be limited to a reserve role if he does make the cut. That's far from a sure thing, as Mateo struggled mightily at the plate last season, collecting only four hits in 26 at-bats and registering a 39.3 K%. Strikeouts and poor pitch recognition have dogged Mateo throughout his professional career, snuffing much of the excitement over his top-flight speed.
The second-base job was there for the taking, but Mateo could not make the necessary offensive improvements at Triple-A for the A's to start his clock in a season where every win mattered. He can handle either middle-infield position, but was slightly below league-average (96 wRC+) in a repeat tour of the Pacific Coast League, and his 5.1 BB% and 25.6 K% portend significant struggles against MLB pitching. Mateo made significant improvements in some areas, but it's hard to say how much of that was the product of the juiced ball being introduced at Triple-A. His Hard% went up from 22.5% to 36.1% and his ISO jumped from .123 to .214. His batted-ball profile has been excellent in back-to-back seasons, it's just a matter of strike zone awareness and pitch recognition. Fantasy owners are rightfully dreaming on his 80-grade speed, but if 2020 is finally the year, his AVG/OBP figure to be pretty poor.
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.
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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Idle Saturday
SSBaltimore Orioles
July 6, 2024
Mateo isn't in the Orioles' lineup for Saturday's game against Oakland.
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Absent from lineup
SSBaltimore Orioles
July 3, 2024
Mateo is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.
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Beginning to lose playing time
SSBaltimore Orioles
June 24, 2024
Mateo is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Guardians.
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Not starting Saturday
SSBaltimore Orioles
June 22, 2024
Mateo is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.
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Homers in Friday's loss
SSBaltimore Orioles
June 22, 2024
Mateo went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 14-11 loss to the Astros.
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Roster spot likely safe
SSBaltimore Orioles
August 6, 2023
Manager Brandon Hyde indicated Mateo will provide value down the stretch and in the playoffs, per Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun, indicating the shortstop isn't in danger of losing his spot on the big-league roster.
ANALYSIS
The 28-year-old opened the campaign as Baltimore's primary shortstop but has slipped into a bench role with the organization turning to its younger prospects. Mateo has a .211/.260/.336 slash line with six home runs and 25 steals in 90 games this season, and his speed could certainly be a weapon off the bench as the campaign moves into its latter stages.
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