Jorge Mateo was born June 23, 1995, in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic. He is a shortstop in the MLB.
On July 31, 2017, the Yankees traded Mateo, along with Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian to the Oakland Athletics, in exchange for Sonny Gray. Oakland assigned him to the Midland RockHounds and he finished the season there. In 129 total games between Tampa, Trenton and Midland, he batted .267 in 532 at bats with 12 home runs, 18 triples, 57 RBIs, and 52 stolen bases.
In April 2018, Baseball America named Mateo as having the best speed of all minor league players, ahead of Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn. That season, playing for the AAA Nashville Sounds he hit .230/.280/.353 in 470 at bats with 3 home runs, 16 triples, 45 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases while being caught 10 times.
Mateo opened the 2019 season with the Las Vegas Aviators. Mateo was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game. In 2019 he led the minor league in triples, with 14.
On June 30, 2020, the Athletics traded Mateo to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Junior Perez. He was activated and started his first career game as the left fielder on August 13. On August 27, in the second game of a doubleheaders against the Seattle Mariners, Mateo recorded his first MLB hit on a ground rule double.
In the 2022 season, Mateo started on the Orioles opening day roster at shortstop and finished the season batting .221/.267/.379 with 13 home runs, 50 RBIs, and 35 stolen bases in 494 at-bats. He led the major leagues with the most stolen bases in the regular season of 2022, trailed by teammate Cedric Mullins by one. Mateo won the Fielding Bible Award as the best defensive shortstop in MLB for the 2022 season, making him the first Oriole to win the award at that position.
On January 13, 2023, Mateo agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Orioles, avoiding salary arbitration.