Posted by Soto at 10:00 AM
A full listing of our Top 25 Prospects is on the right hand side of our website.Without further ado....The Mack's Mets #9 organizational prospect is......
#9 RHP Luis Mateo
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 185 lb
Acquired: 2011 international signing, Dominican Republic
2012: (SS-A) 4-5, 2.45 ERA, 1.1 BB/9, 10.4 K/9, 0.900 WHIP
He first signed with San Francisco, but his contract was voided after bone chips were found in his elbow. Then he caught on with the San Diego Padres a few months but had that contract voided because he lied about his age. Finally the Mets jumped in and signed him and he has shown nothing but great ability and potential. He led the NY-Penn League in K/9 with the help of his mid 90's fastball, that can be dialed up to up to 97 MPH when needed, and a high 80's slider with good movement. His change-up currently lags behind his other two offerings which could change his future into a late inning reliever but without a full season year under his belt yet there is no reason to make the change now. He'll start in Savannah but don't expect him to stay there past June. At his REAL age of 23 he's going to have to get going or risk hitting the development wall.
Anticipated Assignment: (A) Savannah starting rotation.