Medium frame with a lean body; can't add much muscle to body at risk of losing speed down the road. Lacks remaining projection.
Tampa Yankees (High A, Yankees)
Quality Regular at SS
Hits from an even stance; quick strong wrists; flat swing plane but balls have some loft; exceptional bat control; plus bat speed; has trouble with pitches on the outer half; will chase pitches and has trouble with recognizing CH.
30 Grade HR power (5-8 HR) but speed will turn singles into doubles, and doubles into triples. Strong wrists allow for some over the fence power but won't be part of his game.
True 80 runner, 3.90 to 1B, 3.68 on a jailbreak bunt, 3.16 on a stolen base. Game changing speed, makes pitchers and fielders uncomfortable as he speeds up internal clocks. Needs to improve overall base running to be a game changer, could take bigger leads and does not take good jumps off pitchers.
Fair hands, tends to be too quick and not play balls on best hops, plus side-to-side range helps to make up for hands, should iron out over time and get to average.
Plus throwing arm; makes throws with ease; throws have good carry and accuracy.
Mateo is a plus hitter, which paired with his 80 speed will make Mateo an absolute nightmare for opposing pitchers and defenders. What makes Mateo special is the potential to be an everyday player at SS because of his plus arm and outstanding range, which helps makes up for some negatives. All of this heightens his value and makes Mateo a truly special player.