Wagner Mateo

Sweet Sixteen Gets Rushed by Cubs

GM Jim Hendry, Player Personnel & Player Development Director Oneri Fleita, all of the Cubs minor league hitting & outfield coaches, and any Cubs scout anywhere near Mesa, Arizona, were at Fitch Park today, personally scouting & evaluating OF Wagner Mateo, who stopped by for some pre-game BP, and then stuck around and played RF for AA Tennessee in a Minor League Spring Training game played on Field #2.


Some of you may remember Mateo as the 16-year old Dominican left-handed hitting (and throwing) right-fielder who got a $3.1M bonus from the St. Louis Cardinals during the International Signing Period in 2009, only to have the contract voided a couple of months later when Cardinals team doctors discovered what they believed was a career-limiting vision problem during a routine physical.


Well, based upon what I saw today, Mateo can see just fine. He hit ropes all over the place in BP, and then went 1-5 in the game, including a line-drive single to left and two hard-hit line-drive outs to LF, one requiring a spectactular diving catch by the Angels LF. The one big negative was a throw from RF that missed the cut-off man by a mile, but otherwise he looked pretty good for a 16-year old. I got the impression the Cubs are VERY interested in signing Mateo, although other clubs probably are as well (like maybe the Angels for instance, who got a good look at him today, too).


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  • Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.

    jacos 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • j.buchanan going friday...should be...baseball...or something like it.

    crunch 3 hours 19 min ago view
  • Wow. I didn't know they could do that.

    Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.

    billybucks 3 hours 36 min ago view
  • Game is officially called...also officially a tie.

    Stats count, no make-up date of course.

     

    Rob G. 3 hours 37 min ago view
  • Yeah -- seeing the weather -- I hope KB and Rizz are inside, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate.

    billybucks 4 hours 24 min ago view
  • rain delay...thanks obama.

    crunch 5 hours 2 min ago view
  • Thanks again Phil. We actually were in Mesa and drove around. Hopefully, I am back for some Fall League. If not I have all of spring training (like the smart people who move here!)

    rvimpeny 6 hours 6 min ago view
  • What Rob G said.  I can't speak for Piittsburgh, but the other end of the state has had absolute crap weather for two days. Perfect day to take it easy.

    Transmission 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • tarp came off 10 minutes ago...let's do this.

    crunch 6 hours 24 min ago view
  • He will not pitch another game for Cubs

    /Unless injury in playoffs

    jacos 6 hours 40 min ago view
  • ~fart~

    jacos 6 hours 41 min ago view
  • Today is bullpen day

    jacos 6 hours 42 min ago view
  • 10/450 if they win WS

    jacos 6 hours 42 min ago view
  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Even though Hammel is missing start, don't assume he'll not be on #Cubs postseason roster. Maddon says elbow problem isn't that bad

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon on #Cubs postseason rotation: "I don't want to announce anything. We haven't talked to anybody yet"

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon hopes Soler can take BP in Cincy, play in sim game Tue. "All of that should give us some kind of indication of where he's at"

    crunch 6 hours 59 min ago view
  • tarp on the field 40 minutes before gametime...meh.

    crunch 7 hours 2 min ago view
  • travel day + rain in Pittsburgh. Why risk injury?

    Rob G. 7 hours 5 min ago view