Yankees suspend top prospect reportedly for complaining to front office

Earlier on Wednesday, the Yankees announced that they had suspended minor-leaguer Jorge Mateo for two weeks, citing a violation of team policy.

A bit later, the New York Post reported the following:

Frustrated he hadn't been promoted from Tampa (Single-A) to Trenton (Double-A) and watching teammate and fellow infielder Miguel Andujar get that promotion, Mateo popped off to Yankee brass and suggested the organization release a player in Trenton to make room for him.

Since the two-week suspension is immediate, Mateo will be forced to miss the Futures Game this coming Sunday in San Diego as part of MLB's All-Star festivities.

He was slated to be on the World Team. Instead, he'll miss out, apparently for asking the front office to release a player in order to promote him.

Jorge Mateo has been suspended for two weeks. USATSI

Mateo, is a 6-foot, 190-pound shortstop who signed with the Yankees out of the Dominican Republic in 2012. He's now 21 and playing for high Class A Tampa. In 76 games this season, he's hitting .266/.323/.396 with nine doubles, eight triples, five homers and 26 steals in 38 attempts.

Mateo was the top-ranked Yankees prospect in Baseball America's preseason top 100, sitting at 26th overall.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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