BROOKLYN, NY - Luis Mateo, 22, leads the New York-Penn League in strikeouts and his slider is one…
Scouting Mets' Prospect Luis Mateo
Team: New York Mets
Events Scouted: New York-Penn League
Mateo is a very strong, athletic 22-year-old. He's likely to add a little weight in the coming years, but not a whole lot. He has the sturdy frame of a big league pitcher right now.
Although he repeats well, there are some mechanical issues with Mateo. His arm action looks a little stiff at times, and he sometimes costs himself some velocity. Overall, his ability to repeat is a big strength, though.
There was a lot of inconsistency in Mateo's velocity on this particular night, some of it potentially stemming from his pre-inning warmups. Most of his warmup pitches were not at full strength and he'd begin innings around 90-91 mph. By the end of the inning, he'd work around 92-93 mph. A pleasant surprise from Mateo was also his rising velocity in the middle innings. After topping out at 93 over the first few innings, Mateo began to sit at 92-94 mph and touch 95 near the end of his outing.
The slider is Mateo's primary off-speed weapon. It flashed average bite at 84-86 mph, but his ability to locate it was most impressive. He did induce some swings and misses but it may not have the depth yet to be a true swing and miss offering at the big league level.
The changeups were few and far between in this particular outing, but he did throw a few for quality strikes at 85-86 mph. He's going to need this pitch, but it does appear to be a pitch he'll be capable of developing further.
The framework is there for Mateo to be a quality big leaguer. His rising velocity in the middle innings could allow him to be a starter, but he looks like a guy who could sit 94-95 mph with his fastball in short relief stints. The secondaries need significant development, but the potential is there to be a third or fourth starter, or a late inning reliever.
InsidePitchMagazine.com Recommended Stories
Rivalry Week on Scout
Build yourself a sky-high left-over turkey sandwich, cover it in a creamy sauce of hate, and get ready to scream!Read More
Sherman gets best of Kaepernick, Roman
Richard Sherman intercepted Colin Kaepernick twice Thursday in his the Seahawks' dominating win, and had a few things to say about it. Surprise, surprise. Could Thursday's performance lead to a…Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More
Gains in Wheeled Combat Vehicles Closing Gaps
Do advances in wheeled combat vehicles signal that they can now deliver the same mobility as tracked systems in deep mud or sand dunes?Read More
Out, the New Star Wars Trailer Is!
If you don't get goosebumps when the John Williams score kicks in, the force is most likely not with you.Read More
- O/T: Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez Sign w/Boston
- Pablo Sandoval isn't much better than...
- Interesting article about trading Reyes in 2011
- SecDef Hagel to Step Down (or was fired?)
- Obamacare And Bringing Down The Health Industry