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Luis Mateo


RHP prospect Luis Mateo had Tommy John surgery, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.

His agent notes that Mateo had surgery last Tuesday and will have the stitches removed on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Mateo appeared in three games for Single-A St. Lucie this season, pitching just 8 2/3 innings. He allowed 10 hits, walked three and struck out 11.

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Matt asks:

I was hoping you could provide us with a post updating some of our top ranked players with injuries. ?Any updated on Mateo, Fulmer? What about Tapia? Is he injured? ?I have not seen any game lines for him.

 Oh, I can. Tapia burned his non-pitching hand, but he returned over the weekend, and lasted only one third of an inning.

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A few injury updates:

- Michael Fulmer (torn meniscus): threw one inning and 12 pitches Wednesday in an extended spring training game without any issue. He will proceed on a standard starter's schedule to stretch out his arm to prepare for game action.

- Luis Mateo (elbow): He's resting/rehabbing in Port St Lucie. He left his start on April 15th. The idea is that he will begin throwing in the next week-10 days depending on how his elbow progresses. One scout who saw Mateo in the Florida State League really liked him; he saw him as an above average big league starter - like a #2 level guy.

Tags: Cory Mazzoni, Luis Mateo, Michael Fulmer, Toby Hyde
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- The newiest:

? Lynn Worthy (@PSBLynn) April 17, 2013The early report of "elbow strain" for Mateo strikes me as a placeholder until the MRI comes back. Mazzoni's initial diagnosis is "elbow neuritis," or, an inflamed nerve. The MRI might reveal why the nerve is inflamed.?

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I heard this Sunday night, and Adam Rubin confirms on Monday morning:

Luis Mateo will get a spot start with Double-A Binghamton tonight before returning to Class A St. Lucie. Mateo will sub for Cory Mazzoni, who will miss a start with arm soreness.
There's a whole lot of interesting stuff here.

  • The nebulous nature of "arm soreness" on Mazzoni. It's as vague as it gets. However, things like this are why I do not think the slightly built (by professional pitcher standards) Mazzoni can make it through a full season as a starter and why I dropped him in my rankings from #10 last year to #19 this year.
  • The surprise here is that the Mets are going to move Mateo up, after ONE START in advanced-A for what is being billed as a "spot start."
  • Usually when faced with a need for a spot starter, a minor league team will first pull from their own bullpen or if that is not an option, grab a guy who is less of a prospect from a lower level.
  • The bullpen is not a viable option for Binghamton because that group threw 13.2 innings in the last three games as no starter made it past the fifth inning. Every member of the pen has pitched in the last three days at least once and everyone except Adrian Rosario, has thrown twice in the last four days. Moreover, the B-Mets do not have an off-day until next Thursday, so with games in each of the next 10 days, the team does not really have arms to burn in the 'pen. Sure, the Mets could have promoted Angel Cuan, who instead started for St. Lucie on Sunday to take the start, but there's little question that Mateo has a much better arm and resides in a different prospect class.
  • ?The Mets skipped Mateo over Savannah and he was dominant in his first start with St. Lucie (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) while drawing rave reviews from Pitching Coach Phil Regan. Pitching Coaches often give their pupils positive press, but coming into the year, Mateo's fastball (which has plus velo and can touch 95) and slider were enough to put him in my and others Top 20 Mets Prospects, but Regan sang the praises of Mateo's changeup.
  • And sure, if Mateo is successful in AA, there's no reason to send him back to advanced-A ...
  • There's a developing phenomenon where the Mets are more aggressive with their pitcher assignments than their position players. For example, the team started Michael Fulmer in advanced-A Savannah in 2012, but held Brandon Nimmo from his draft class back to 2013 and Gavin Cecchini a year later, back in extended this year. Once a pitcher is dominating and has made 10 -12 starts at a level in a-ball - he's gone. Examples include: Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Mazzoni, Tyler Pill, Logan Verrett and Jacob deGrom. ?Again, Mateo has made ONE a-ball start.
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The Brooklyn Cyclones, who lead the New York Penn League in ERA at 2.48 had four pitchers selected to the New York-Penn League All-Star game, starters RHP Gabriel Ynoa, RHP Hansel Robles and RHP Luis Mateo and reliever LHP John Mincone.

Ynoa is third in the NYP in innings pitched, second in WHIP (0.84) and fifth in opponents' batting average (.196) and fifth in opponents' walk rate among starters (1.15 BB/9). For the year, he's 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA with 45 strikeouts against seven walks. I saw him at 90-92, touching 93 in his first start of the year, with the ability to spin a below average slider for a strike. That's plenty of stuff to succeed in the New York Penn League. He's just 19, and the Cyclones press release claims he's the "youngest starting pitcher in franchise history" so there's a little bit of projection left for him. I view him as a back-end type rotation guy if everything works out and his secondary offerings progress.

Mateo leads the New York Penn League with 67 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched, the fourth-most innings on the circuit. Among starters, Mateo has the second-highest strikeout rate (11.10 K/9) behind only teammat Rainy Lara and has the fourth-lowest walk rate (0.99 BB/9). Overall, he's 4-4 with a 2.82 ERA. I saw him at 90-95 over the course of 5.2 innings. He was mostly 92-92 with a slider that was 88-90. I, and other professionals behind home plate, had trouble even identifying the pitch. That's not a good sign. With inconsistent velocity, a full-effort delivery, and two potential plus pitches, I see a bullpen pitcher for Mateo if he ever reaches the big leagues.

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SSA: Connecticut Tigers 11, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3?

RHP?Luis Mateo?(pictured): 5 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP. According to Dave Gershman of Marlins Daily, the 22-year old was throwing hard, sitting 94-95 with his fastball and working with a slider at 87 mph. Gershman explained over twitterthat Mateo's "struggles tonight were mostly because of FB command. It's hard to hit but when it's served up hitters take advantage." That's consistent with the Mateo I saw early where I thought he was effectively wild.

LF Stefan Sabol (.263/.358/.397 - 41 games) was 3-for-5 with a double.

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Monday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Hudson Valley Renegades (TB) 0?

Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-4 Monday, but reached on a hit-by-pitch, his first of the year. In his eight games as a Cyclone, he's hitting .185/.421/.259 (5-for-27) with 10 walks and seven strikeouts. Nimmo is the only NYP League player with double-digit walks. Early in the year, manager Rich Donnelly raised the wanted Nimmo to attack more. Be that as it may, 10 walks against seven strikeouts is a fine week's worth of work.

Monday, SS Philip Evans (pictured) was 2-for-4 with a triple, his first. The 19-year old has had about as good a first week in Brooklyn as anyone could reasonably expect. He's 9-for-22 with a double, two homers, and seven walks against four strikeouts for a .310/.459/.586 line. The NYP League as a whole is hitting .248/.327/.344. The Mets went overslot to sign Evans, last year's 15th round pick, for $650,000, the third-highest bonus of the team's draft class.

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This is long overdue, but I wanted to take a look at some of the recent higher profile international signees and how they have?fared?so far this season.

Here is a refresher:

Toby wrote about how the Mets international signings have "Carried" ?the system.

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