Last evening it was reported that Yankees top prospect Jorge Mateo was suspended for two weeks — forcing him to miss the Futures Game — for allegedly mouthing off to team officials after not getting a promotion to Double-A, which he felt he deserved. Today George King of the New York Post says, well, maybe he was suspended for other reasons:
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, top Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo expressed his displeasure about not getting promoted from Single-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, but there were indications that might not have been the reason the infielder was hit with a two-week suspension that was announced Wednesday night.
King doesn’t say what the reason might’ve been. The Yankees only said it was for a “violation of team policy.” That leaves us to speculate. I’m gonna go with general insolence and/or poor penmanship. Perhaps moral turpitude involving matters of questionable morality, perchance in the company of scoundrels and knaves. Heavens.
Mateo, who just turned 21, is playing for high-A Tampa in the Florida State League. He’s hitting .266/.323/.396 with five homers and 26 stolen bases in 76 games. In 2015 he stole 82 bases and was caught 17 times across low-A and high-A.