Quick Hits With A's Prospect Reynaldo Mateo

TROY, NY - It was a breakthrough season for Oakland A's prospect Reynaldo Mateo, who finally made it out of rookie ball and into the short-season New York-Penn League. The backstop posted solid offensive numbers and impressed with his defense. Donald Moore spoke with Mateo during the final weeks of the Vermont Lake Monsters' season.

Reynaldo Mateo finally got an opportunity above the rookie ball level this season, and he put up solid numbers in his stint with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. Playing in the pitcher-friendly New York-Penn League, Mateo posted a .411 SLG in 73 at-bats.

That effort followed a monster start to his season with the A's Arizona League team. With the AZL A's, Mateo posted a .400/.419/.760 line in 19 games. He finished the year with a combined slash-line of .324/.361/.588 in 148 at-bats.

The 2012 season was Mateo's best offensive campaign since his organizational debut season in 2009. That year, the native of the Dominican Republic hit .364/.481/.561 for the A's Dominican Summer League squad. Mateo would repeat that level in 2010 and then he made his US debut in 2011 with the AZL A's. The right-handed hitter acquitted himself well last season with the AZL A's squad, batting .266/.345/.500 in 39 games.

Defensively, Mateo has continued to improve every season and looks poised to make his full-season affiliate debut in 2013. Donald Moore spoke with Mateo during the final stretch of the Vermont Lake Monsters' season.

Donald Moore: How is everything going this season for you?

Reynaldo Mateo: Pretty good. It's my first time at this level, so it's awesome. I feel awesome. It's good for me because I played two years in rookie ball and then was bumped up to here, so I feel pretty good.

DM: What are your plans for this off-season?

RM: Go to the Dominican and then go back to the Instructional league.

DM: Favorite baseball player growing up?

RM: Manny Ramirez, but now in the regular season, it's Miguel Cabrera.

DM: What is your biggest strength as a ball player?

RM: Powerful. This is a pretty good place and I like to be the best and work a lot. I love this sport, so I'm in this to be the best player.

DM: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

RM: I can't imagine that because the future is amazing, so I mean I just go to work everyday. I don't know what will happen with my career, so I just want to work is my plan right now.

DM: Reynaldo, it was a pleasure speaking with you and the best of luck to you in the future.

RM: Thank you.

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