2019 MLB Prospect Report: Speed on the Farm
Matt Selz breaks down some of the best base stealers amongst the minor league ranks in this week's Prospect Report.
Everyone has power nowadays; I mean heck even Tommy La Stella is bombing balls over the fence. What owners are in constant need of is speed. There has been a precipitous drop in speed over the last several seasons and steals are harder and harder to come by unless you have one of the handful of guys that get 35 or more each year that can win you a category. So why not try and get the speed on your team sooner rather than later and go harvesting the farm systems to get it instead of paying a premium on draft day to acquire some? That’s what we’re highlighting in this week’s prospect report.
Jorge Mateo , SS OAK – Mateo’s name isn’t a new one, at least in a speed discussion since it was just a few years ago he stole 82 bags in the lower minors in a season. The problem with Mateo has been his bat and whether it could show up consistently enough in the upper levels or not. Well this year it most certainly has as he’s slashing .300/.335/.518 in 85 games at Triple-A Las Vegas while...