Marcos Mateo

Marcos Mateo
Mateo with the Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers – No. 38
Born: (1984-04-18) April 18, 1984
Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: August 9, 2010, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: March 26, 2016, for the Hanshin Tigers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 1-3
Earned run average 4.92
Strikeouts 63
WHIP 1.40
NPB statistics
(through July 29, 2018)
Win-loss record 8-8
Earned run average 2.80
Strikeouts 131
Saves 20

Marcos Aurelio Mateo Lora (born April 18, 1984) is a Dominican right-handed professional baseball pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has also played in MLB for the Chicago Cubs.

Playing career

Cincinnati Reds

In 2004, Mateo was signed as an amateur free agent by the Cincinnati Reds. Upon joining the Reds, Mateo joined their Rookie level minor league affiliate, the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Reds. In one season with the GCL Reds, he pitched in 13 games, had a 43 winloss record, a 4.30 Earned Run Average (ERA), and a 1.46 WHIP. For the 2006 season, he joined the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League where in 18 games, he went 51 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Mateo joined the Class-A Dayton Dragons in 2007 where he put together a 3.50 ERA, 63 strikeouts, and a 1.278 WHIP in 41 games.[1]

Chicago Cubs

On September 12, 2007, after Dayton's season was over, Mateo was traded to the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named later from the trade that saw Buck Coats be traded to the Reds on August 30.[2]

To begin the 2008 season, Mateo joined the Cubs' Class-A affiliate in Peoria. In eight games, he struck out 20 batters in just 15 innings pitched, which prompted a call-up to the Daytona Cubs, the High-A affiliate of Chicago. Mateo pitched in 25 games for Daytona, recording a 3.57 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and 65 strikeouts.[1] His performance with both Peoria and Daytona prompted the Cubs to add him to their 40-man roster on November 11 to protect him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft., at the same time, considered Mateo to be a "top prospect" for the Cubs.[3] Mateo started the 2009 season with Daytona again, but was quickly promoted after not allowing a run in nine innings. Reportedly, the Cubs wanted to test him out as a starting pitcher before calling him up to Double-A.[4] On April 26, Mateo made his debut for the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs' Double-A affiliate. He pitched 3 2/3 innings for the Smokies, walked four and struck out one, but only allowed one run. In 34 total games for Tennessee, he would make a total of 13 other starts and finished the season with a 4.07 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and 70 strikeouts in 97.1 innings pitched.[1]

Mateo began the 2010 season with Tennessee, recording a 2.18 ERA, a 1.258 WHIP, and 29 strikeouts, before being called up to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs at the end of July.[5] He pitched eight games for Iowa, before being called up to the Cubs on August 9, 2010, replacing Mitch Atkins on the 25-man roster.[6] In his major league debut, Mateo came into the game in the 11th inning and gave up a sacrifice fly to Pat Burrell of the San Francisco Giants, which allowed the winning run to score for the Giants.[7] Mateo had given up two hits and a walk to load the bases before Burrell drove in the winning run.[7] He would go on to pitch in 20 more games for Chicago in 2010, recording a 5.82 ERA, a 1.338 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts in 21.2 innings of work.[8]

During Spring training 2011, Mateo was on the roster bubble for a spot in the bullpen[9] and was in a race with veterans Carlos Silva and Braden Looper for the final pitching spot on the team.[10] However, on March 26, Mateo ended up winning the battle as both Looper and Silva were released by the team.[11] On June 1, 2012, Mateo underwent Tommy John surgery which ended his 2012 season.

Arizona Diamondbacks

On December 12, 2013, Mateo was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the fifteenth pick of the Rule 5 draft.[12]

Second Stint with Cubs

On March 13, he was returned to the Cubs.[13]

San Diego Padres

He signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres in January 2015. On January 12, 2015 he was assigned to AAA El Paso Chihuahuas.

Dominican Winter League

Marcos Mateo broke a save record with 21 saves in the 2014–2015 season with the Estrellas Orientales.

Hanshin Tigers

Mateo signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball for the 2016 season.


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