Today marks the first time Jorge Mateo is on a major league roster on opening day.
Mateo spent time in the big leagues last summer with the San Diego Padres and saw action in 22 games during the covid-shortened season. He earned his spot on this year’s Padres roster by batting .316 in the just completed big league spring training.
Mateo is officially listed as a shortstop but can also play second base and outfield. Since the Padres currently have only three outfielders listed on their active roster, that could be where he has the most opportunity.
The 6-footer from the Dominican Republic came to the Padres organization June 30, 2020 in a deal with the Oakland A’s. He made his major league debut on Aug. 13, playing for the Padres in a road game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mateo has eight years of minor-league experience, including the 2019 season in the Pacific Coast League. He batted .289 with 19 home runs, 14 triples and 29 doubles in 119 games with the Las Vegas Aviators on the A’s organzation.
Mateo played in the Double-A Texas League in 2017 for Midland of the Oakland A’s organization. He batted .292 in with four home runs in 22 games with Midland. Mateo came to the A’s on July 31, 2017, as part of a four-player trade with the New York Yankees.