The minor league camp rosters were posted the other day by Charlie at Bucs Dugout, and one name was unfamiliar on the list. That was Diomedes Mateo, a left handed pitcher out of the Dominican Republic. Going back to the instructional league roster, I noticed that Mateo was also listed as a 6' 2", 179 pound left hander from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.
So who is Mateo, and why haven't we heard of him until now?
Yesterday I found out that Mateo was from the Dominican Academy, and the reason his name sounds unfamiliar is because he was an age/name change guy. John Dreker pointed out to me that the Pirates had an international signing in 2008 named Yoldi Sierra, who falsified his age, and was suspended. Sierra was also a left handed pitcher who was 6' 2", listed at 165...
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