Jorge Mateo among Baseball America’s top 20 summer league prospects

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In a subscriber-only piece, Ben Badler of Baseball America put together a list of the top 20 prospects from the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer Leagues. It’s not a ranking, just 20 names listed alphabetically. Yankees shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo makes the cut after hitting .287/.378/.450 (145 wRC+) with a team-leading seven homers and a league-leading 49 steals in 64 games last season. The 18-year-old signed for $250k back in January 2012.

“He’s a premium athlete who should be able to stay at shortstop, where he shows very good range, quick feet and a plus arm … He should have good power for a shortstop, with 15-20 home runs a very realistic possibility. Mateo uses the whole field and did a solid job of managing the strike-zone in his debut, though he will have to make adjustments as he moves up the ladder and starts to see better breaking pitches,” wrote Badler while noting Mateo is an 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale. The right-handed hitter figures to come stateside and play in the Rookie Gulf Coast League this summer.

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  • Nick

    15-20 HR a year with 80 grade speed and able to stay at SS??? This sounds like a Top 10 Prospect in the Minors!

    • I’m One

      Bring him stateside now! Move him through the minors quickly! Have him ready to replace Jeter for 2015!

      Actually, from this little blurb, he does sound quite interesting. Hope he continues to develop. I’d be interested in seeing how he does stateside and how quickly he can realistically progress.

    • Yankee$ (Formerly Pseudoyanks)

      80 Grade Speed? Wow? Who is an 80 today or historically? Rickey Henderson?

      • Angelo

        Billy Hamilton?

      • JonS

        Billy Hamilton

      • NCS

        Ellsbury and Trout.

        • Yankee$ (Formerly Pseudoyanks)

          I’d be surprised if Ells is an 80. I’d guess Gardner and Ells would be 70’s.

          • NCS

            BP graded him 80 just this off season, so did a few older reports I checked.

            • Yankee$ (Formerly Pseudoyanks)

              OK, thanks for checking.

  • xnyles

    I like what I’m reading.

  • http://www.thebronxempire.com The Bronx Empire

    Yet another interesting MIF prospect in SS/rookie league ball. Plus sounds like a lot of the kids they’re looking at signing this summer play SS, too. Keep ‘em coming!

  • Vincent Vega

    Our future captain is in the fold

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Best write-up on Cito Culver I’ve seen in years!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      *golf clap*

      • gageagainstthemachine

        It was weak, I admit. But I couldn’t resist, I guess.

  • Angelo

    Good power for a SS that should stick at the position with an 80 speed tool?

    Oh my goodness. Please develop into an amazing prospect.

    • KeithK

      Please develop into an amazing major leaguer.

  • dkidd

    instant prospect crush

  • NCS

    That’s pretty gushing for a guy who didn’t make their (or anyone else’s) top 10 list for prospects in the organization. Obviously a million years away, but if I take that write-up on faith, the upside makes him pretty notable compared to most guys we’ve got, no?

    • Angelo

      Hasn’t played in the U.S. yet and he’s light years away. Not good enough to make the top 10 yet. His ceiling is pretty significant from the sounds of it though. And yes, definitely sounds notable.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It’s the DSL. No one actually knows what happens there. There’s, like, babies crawling around with gloves there.

  • hogsmog

    A middle infielder named Jorge? We don’t need any more catching prospects.

    • vicki

      i see whatcha did there.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Legend has it that Jorge Mateo’s parents are actually Scott Sizemore and……Melvin Crousett.

    • pat

      SENOR MELVIN????? AY DIOS MIO

      /makes sign of the cross

      //passes out

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Should have never looked him in the eye.

  • Preston

    When he has a scout gush like that after he hits full season ball then I’ll get excited.

  • vicki

    i guess leo molina didn’t play summer league?

    at any rate, good to see some international guys with potential. i look around our roster and can’t help noticing how awfully white it suddenly seems.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I was about to say “no, it’s not,” then looked around the infield.

      Save us from the whiteness, Yangervis.

    • KeithK

      I don’t give a rats ass whether the team is all white, black, red or green or speaks Spanish, Japanese or Dutch. As long as the team is getting the best players they can and wins I’m happy.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I very much do not think Vicki would disagree with that statement.

        I like the best team as well. If given the choice of “good team full of all white guys” and “good team with a cultural mix,” I go with the latter.

        In the end, though, we all go with “good team.”

        I heard green guys are slow as shit. Ironic.

        • ropeadope

          I heard green guys are slow as shit.

          Yet Danny Green, Shawn Green, and Bill Greenwood are all in the top 500 of career stolen base leaders. Maurice Green once held the world record in the 100 meters. Darrell Green was a track star before settling on football as a career path. Maybe shit isn’t that slow?

          • I’m One

            “Maybe shit isn’t that slow?”

            Depends. Sometimes I …. oh, never mind.

            • ropeadope

              lol, I think most (all?) of us have been at both extremes of that riddle.

    • YankeeGrunt

      We signed Beltran, Tanaka and Ellsbury to multi-year deals and we’re probably replacing a white guy (Pettitte or Phelps depending on your perspective) with Pineda. Of our big signings only McCann is honkified, and only at 2B was a non-white player replaced by a white one. So in addition to being idiotic, your assumption is also palpably incorrect.

      • vicki

        you are clearly unstable to have reacted so emotionally to such a harmless comment.

        obviously i was referring to the dearth of african-american and caribbean players, relative to teams of the recent past. (certainly not to last season’s “gritty” replacements.)

        and dude. ellsbury? reach.

  • willie w

    knowing the yanks they will give a 5 year deal to an over the hill shortstop and trade this diamond for another over the hill player

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Here lies every single thing wrong with the internet.

    • vicki

      omigod, fred mcgriff!!

  • jjyank

    I’ve honestly never heard of him. Well, I probably did when he was signed, and then promptly forgot about him a week later.

    I know enough to not get excited over young guys who have yet to come stateside. But still, getting graded out at an 80 for the running game is great to hear. I look forward to reading his DotF lines.

  • YankeeGrunt

    He has a couple of standout tools and a sky-high ceiling, but he doesn’t have the same advanced approach that Avelino did/does. K rate is significantly higher for Mateo, both walk a bit which is good (though with Mateo’s power that’s not necessarily an indication of innate patience so much as the respect pitchers have for that power), BA for Mateo is lower.

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    Bringing him state-side ?! For what, to stunt his growth ?! Noooooooooooo !!!
    TEH NY CAN’T TEECH DA KIDZ !

  • Matt