Padres To Purchase Jorge Mateo
Within the first commerce since MLB’s transaction freeze has lifted, the Padres are set to accumulate infield prospect Jorge Mateo from the A’s, Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel of ESPN report (Twitter hyperlink). Oakland will obtain a participant to be named later in return.
Lengthy thought to be one in every of baseball’s extra promising prospects due in no small half to his 80-grade velocity, Mateo has but to debut within the Majors. The 25-year-old was a central piece within the commerce that despatched right-hander Sonny Grey from Oakland to New York, however he hasn’t been afforded an opportunity within the Majors with both the Yankees or the A’s. He has, nonetheless, been on the 40-man roster of each golf equipment lengthy sufficient to have exhausted all of his minor league choices. In different phrases, he’ll need to make the Padres’ Opening Day roster or else be designated for task.
Mateo was one in every of a number of gamers within the combine for taking part in time at second base in Oakland, vying with Franklin Barreto, Tony Kemp and Rule 5 decide Vimael Machin for that position. Now in San Diego, he’ll as soon as once more be wanting up at Jurickson Profar — a former ballyhooed prospect himself — and hoping to search out his means into the combination for at-bats. Mateo does have a little bit of heart area expertise as effectively, having logged 247 innings there again in 2017.
It’s simple to see why Mateo was so well-regarded again in 2015-16. He cut up the 2015 marketing campaign between Class-A and Class-A Superior at simply 20 years of age and slashed a mixed .278/.345/.392. He solely homered twice, however Mateo added 23 doubles, 11 triples and an unheard-of-in-today’s-game 82 stolen bases in simply 117 video games. His inventory dipped a bit with a mediocre displaying in 2016, however 2017 noticed Mateo bounce again with a .267/.322/.459 slash and 52 steals. A shortstop with that kind of output piqued the Athletics’ curiosity, and the A’s despatched Grey to the Bronx in alternate for Mateo, Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian in a commerce that now hasn’t actually panned out for anybody concerned.
Mateo’s numbers cratered in 2018, and whereas final yr’s .289/.330/.504 slash in Triple-A had been a pleasant rebound, the bounceback effort wasn’t fairly as sturdy because it’d seem on the floor. That slash line translated to only a 96 wRC+ within the supercharged offensive atmosphere within the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (the place Mateo’s dwelling park in Las Vegas is especially hitter-friendly).