4. Jorge Mateo, SS, Yankees
With the void left by Derek Jeter, it has been tough for the Yankees to replace the legend’s production. While it is too soon to crown anyone Jeter’s heir apparent, Jorge Mateo may have the best chance of doing so.
Even though Mateo is generally known as a well rounded player, he is known best for his nearly top flight speed.
Graded 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale, Mateo’s speed allows him to run wild on the bases and cover a lot of ground while playing shortstop. His speed helps greatly with his range, and his strong arm makes him a sure thing as a plus defender.
The one question mark with Mateo comes with his ability to make consistent contact, but if he can do so, he should be an everyday starter in the Yankees infield long term, although that is still a few years away.