The Yankees have announced that they have called minor league outfielder Colin Curtis up from Triple-A Scranton. There is no word yet on exactly whom Curtis will be replacing on the roster.
Curtis, 25, has played 35 games at the Triple-A level this season. In those games he has 125 at bats, a .280 average, .357 OBP, .368 SLG, and a .725 OPS. He split 2009 between Double-A and Triple-A. In 132 games last season he had a combined .250 average, .321 OBP, and a .686 OPS.
He’s always been considered a solid, but unspectacular prospect because he is a very average player in many respects. He’s got a bat that has played at every level, but was not outstanding anywhere and he has never displayed much pop. He plays defense at all three outfield spots, but has both an average arm and range. He doesn’t steal bases, but isn’t station to station.
He’s really very average so it will be interesting to see if he sticks at the major league level. He isn’t likely to be a starting outfielder even on weak teams, but it is certainly possible that he could be a serviceable fourth outfielder.
There is no corresponding move yet. The most likely move will be to demote outfielder Chad Huffman or catcher Chad Moeller. Curtis doesn’t have a spot on the 40-man roster though and that might mean that Moeller is the one who is getting DFA’d to make room on the roster. That’s just speculation right now, we’ll update you when the Yankees make an official move.
Updated: Chad Moeller will be the one sent down. Since he doesn’t have options left he’s going to have to clear waivers to stay within the Yankees organization.