Yankees suspend top prospect reportedly for complaining to front office
Jorge Mateo was slated to play in the Futures Game, but now that won't happen
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.
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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