OLIVER MATEO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: November 7, 1997
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Mateo signed at age 20, but the attraction is obvious: He sits in the mid- to upper-90s and can reach 100 mph.
Pitching in relief, usually one inning at a time, Mateo had a great deal of trouble throwing strikes. He was also very hard to hit, with opponents batting .190 against him, and he had an extremely high groundball rate of 63%.
The Pirates moved Mateo up to Bristol, which was an ambitious promotion. After one rough outing, though, he went out with a broken finger and missed the rest of the season.
The Pirates will have to try again in 2020 to see whether Mateo can overcome his control issues.
|2020: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|January 20, 2018: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.