3 takeaway from Baltimore Orioes' series win against the Rangers
2. Jorge Mateo is here to stay
We already knew that Jorge Mateo had exceptional value on the basepaths and in the field, which has allowed him to be an everyday player for the Orioles despite some offensive struggles. Throughout his first year and a half, he has shown spurts of production with the bat but has ultimately struggled to get anything going. However, Mateo has shown his offensive potential over the first six games of the season and showed off his power in Texas with homers in back-to-back games to start the series. The home run on Monday was particularly impressive as he squared up a 3-2 offspeed pitch from Jon Gray and absolutely crushed it into the stands. The homer traveled 433 feet and left the ballpark in a hurry with 105 mph exit velocity. The home run on Tuesday traveled 392 feet with 103.6 mph exit velocity.
His stolen base and defensive abilities are well-known to Orioles fans and he showed off his speed and defense throughout the series as he has anchored shortstop as well as anyone for the Orioles since JJ Hardy played his final game. So far, Mateo is 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts on the season and is coming off a career-best 14.5 defensive value according to Fangraphs. If Jorge can continue some level of success with the bat that he has shown over the first six games, then he could be the shortstop of the future for the Orioles and should stick around long-term for an Orioles team that has a lot of promising young infielders.