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Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Dabbling at multiple positions
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Monday that Mateo took reps at second base over the winter before arriving at spring training, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. "We're going to keep our options open with him. He really increases the versatility we have on this club," Hyde said of Mateo.
Mateo played all but 20 of his 863 defensive innings in 2023 at shortstop, with the rest coming in center field. After the Orioles retained him on a $2.7 million salary for 2024, Mateo projects to open the season as the team's everyday shortstop, though he may not be long for the job with top prospect Jackson Holliday unlikely to require much finishing time in the minors before making his MLB debut. Given the likelihood that he'll transition into a utility role once Holliday is ready for big-league action, Mateo has been getting exposure to the keystone, in addition to continuing to take reps at shortstop and center field. While he has a path to steadier playing time earlier in the season, Mateo should provide fantasy value on the bases after recording 32 steals in 37 attempts in 2023, but his light power, poor plate skills and likely spot at the bottom of the Baltimore lineup make him mostly a one-category play.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Agrees to $2.7M salary for '24
Mateo signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Mateo made $2 million in 2023 while slashing .217/.267/.340 with seven homers and 32 steals over 116 games as the O's primary shortstop. He might be more of a utility player in 2024, which will stunt his fantasy value, but the 28-year-old offers good speed and defensive versatility for the reigning AL East champions.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Pair of runs off bench
Mateo went 0-for-1 with one RBI, two runs scored and two steals in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Boston.
While Mateo didn't start Saturday's game, he managed to make an impact after pinch running for Adley Rutschman in the seventh frame. The shortstop stole two bases and managed to cross home plate twice despite only receiving one at-bat. Mateo is now up to 32 pilfers on the year while slashing .218/.268/.341.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Records 30th steal
Mateo went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Nationals.
Mateo reached the 30-steal mark for the second year in a row, and he did it with four thefts over his last 10 contests. The shortstop has regularly been in the lineup versus southpaws lately, but he's seen minimal playing time versus righties. For the season, Mateo has a .219/.270/.344 slash line with seven home runs, 33 RBI and 56 runs scored over 112 contests, but he's hit just .180 with one homer since the start of May.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Multi-hit effort in win
Mateo went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Guardians.
Mateo drove in the second run of the game with an RBI groundout in the second, then doubled and later scored on an Adley Rutschman double in the fourth. Mateo had seven multi-hit efforts over the first month of the season, but Sunday was only his fifth such performance since. Entering Sunday, Mateo had hit only .172 over 233 at-bats since the start of May, though he is now hitting .280 over 25 September at-bats.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Swipes 29th bag
Mateo went 1-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 1-0 loss against St. Louis.
While Mateo's seen limited playing time in the short side of a platoon, he's been productive when on the field, going 6-for-17 (.353) with three steals in his last six games. He's up to 29 stolen bases this season, putting him on pace to top the 30-steal mark for the second consecutive year. Overall, Mateo is slashing .215/.266/.342 with seven homers, 52 runs scored and 32 RBI across 328 plate appearances on the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Swipes bag, scores run
Mateo went 1-for-3 with one run scored and one steal in Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Angels.
Mateo found himself in Tuesday's lineup against southpaw Reid Detmers and registered his 27th stolen base of 2023 after tagging Detmers for a single in the third inning. Though Mateo has almost exclusively played against left-handed pitching of late, he's enjoying a productive stretch, batting 7-for-22 (.318) with a homer and a pair of steals over his last seven games.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Registers steal in loss
Mateo went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's 6-3 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays.
Mateo was in the lineup for the fourth time in five games, all of which have seen left-handed opposing starters. The shortstop has gone 5-for-27 (.185) with two steals over 11 games since the start of August. It appears he's in a short-side platoon role, and that will mean less playing time once the Orioles face some righties. Mateo is slashing .209/.255/.347 with 26 thefts, seven home runs, 32 RBI and 47 runs scored through 302 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Hits inside-the-park homer
Mateo went 2-for-5 with an inside-the-park solo home run, a double and an additional run scored in Sunday's 12-1 win over the Athletics.
It's fitting that Mateo's first homer since April 30 -- snapping a 73-game power drought -- would be a product of his speed, not his power. The shortstop has seen limited opportunities in August, and he's gone just 4-for-23 over his 10 games this month. For the season, he's up to seven homers, 32 RBI, 46 runs scored, 25 stolen bases and 13 doubles through 298 plate appearances. Mateo has started three of the last four games at shortstop, though that's likely a product of the Orioles facing four straight southpaws rather than anything he's done to earn an increased role.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Swipes 25th bag
Mateo went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's 13-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Making his second straight start after riding the bench for a few games, Mateo snagged his 25th steal of the season while reaching base multiple times for the first time since June 25. It's been a rough summer for the 28-year-old, who has seen his OPS collapse to .601 after he exited April with a 1.062 mark, but his defense has kept him in the mix for playing time at shortstop while his speed has allowed him to maintain some deep-league fantasy appeal.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Records 24th steal
Mateo went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Monday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.
Mateo hasn't helped his cause for playing time in July, going 6-for-36 (.167) over 17 games this month. He was able to knock three extra-base hits and added three steals, but he's been limited to a reserve role lately, and that's unlikely to change with the Orioles pacing the American League. Mateo is at a .212/.259/.340 slash line with 24 thefts, six home runs, 31 RBI and 40 runs scored over 87 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Picks up steal
Mateo went 1-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Dodgers.
Mateo's shaky hitting over the last couple of months has caught up to him since Jordan Westburg's been in the majors. Wednesday was just Mateo's fifth start in July -- he's become more of a backup infielder than an everyday starter while batting just .176 this month. For the season, the speedster is up to 23 steals, six home runs, 29 RBI, 38 runs scored, 11 doubles and a triple, but his .216/.267/.351 slash line is low by even his standards, and it won't help him get more playing time on a contender.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: On bench again Wednesday
Mateo is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Mateo has now started just two of the last seven games, and one of those starts came when Jordan Westburg was banged up. Clearly, Mateo's lengthy slump has led to a role reduction, and it looks to be a significant one.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Logs 22nd steal
Mateo stole a base as a pinch runner in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Twins.
Mateo started the game on the bench but ran for Adley Rutschman in the ninth inning with the Orioles down a run. Since Jordan Westburg came up from Triple-A Norfolk, Mateo's seen his playing time dwindle, to the point where Mateo may be stuck in a short-side platoon role. The shortstop didn't help his case to play more, hitting just .196 with six steals in June. He has a .220/.267/.350 slash line with 22 thefts, six home runs, 27 RBI and 37 runs scored over 235 plate appearances this season, though he's cooled off dramatically following a strong April.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Sitting again Saturday
Mateo isn't in the Orioles' lineup Saturday against the Twins.
Mateo's struggles at the plate appear to be costing him significant playing time, as Saturday marks his third consecutive absence from the starting lineup. Gunnar Henderson will start at shortstop while Jordan Westburg plays third base and Adam Frazier takes second.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Day off Friday
Mateo is not in the starting lineup Friday against Minnesota, Jacob Calvin Meyer of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Mateo will get a breather after he went 0-for-4 with a run scored and two walks during the team's series with Cincinnati. Gunnar Henderson will slide over to shortstop while Ramon Urias enters the lineup at third base and bats seventh in the series opener with the Twins.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Posts 21st steal
Mateo went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Mariners.
Mateo went just 2-for-20 over his previous seven contests since his last steal. His struggles to get on base have minimized his best trait for fantasy managers, which is his ability to run rampant on the basepaths. The shortstop's multi-hit effort lifted his batting average on the year to .224 with 21 thefts, six home runs, 27 RBI and 36 runs scored over 68 contests. Mateo's playing time has already started to slip as the Orioles also try to balance at-bats for Gunnar Henderson and Ramon Urias on the left side of the infield, and that juggling act is set to get trickier with Jordan Westburg coming to the majors Monday.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Out of lineup Saturday
Mateo is not starting in Saturday's lineup against the Mariners.
The return of Cedric Mullins (groin) has crowded the Baltimore lineup, and Mateo will be the odd man out Saturday. He's gone through a tough stretch at the plate of late, collecting only one hit across his last 16 at-bats. Gunnar Henderson will start at shortstop and Ramon Urias will man the hot corner.... See More ... See Less
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