Cervelli Makes Me Wonder if the Yankees Should Call Up Montero

In the middle of May it looked like the Yankees had such a good backup to catcher Jorge Posada that they might even have a future starter on their hands. After all through Francisco Cervelli‘s first 20 games he had a staggering .400 batting average and an impressive .987 OPS. Obviously he wasn’t likely to keep that up, but if he could come even close to that the Yankees had a real secret weapon.

The problem is that Cervelli hasn’t even sniffed those numbers and has been about as close to an automatic out as you can get. This coming at a time in Posada’s career where he is just not able to handle the load of everyday catching.

Here are Cervelli’s numbers since May 18:

33 G, 101 AB, 6 R, 19 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 14 RBI, 11 BB, 17 SO, .188 AVG, .274 OBP, .238 SLG, .511 OPS.

With numbers like those the Yankees might as well have Chad Moeller as their backup catcher.

At this point it could be reasonable to wonder how bad this will get before the Yankees make a change. Not only has Cervelli gone over a month under the Mendoza-Line (under .200), but he has almost no power whatsoever in his bat.

What’s making this harder is that Jesus Montero is in Triple-A and after a very slow start to his season he has picked it up. During the month of June Montero hit .283 with nine doubles, two triples, and three homers. That’s 14 extra-base hits compared to Cervelli’s three over the same span.

Cervelli is a skilled backup catcher, especially defensively, but he has almost been the Yankees regular with Posada dealing with foot problems. At a certain point it might be wise to carry three catchers including Montero until Nick Johnson returns from his wrist injury. Montero might not be 100 percent ready, but it’s probably better than having an automatic out in the lineup everyday.

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4 Responses to Cervelli Makes Me Wonder if the Yankees Should Call Up Montero

  1. dutchsailor says:

    Maybe they should trade Cevelli in a package for Lee, and bring Montero up. Catching is what Seattle is looking for, isn't it?

    • Richard G. Ruggiero says:

      I agree that Cervelli's bat is getting to a frigid point, probably due to rivals having video and being able to pitch to his weaknesses. He's probably a bit tired, too. I was at the Burnett/Moeller debacle at Camden Yards, and believe me, Chad is not the answer either defensively or offensively. Fine to think about Montero, but his average will drop about 30 points when he's up in the bigs, then even more when the other teams get his video. He's not ready to catch at the major league level, but having him up to take some swings and catch in a limited capacity (as third) would also allow pinch-hitting for either Posada or Cervelli in late innings and having a catcher in case he's needed. I agree there, too. But Seattle would probably prefer one of the Yanks' up and coming minor leaguers to Cervelli. Lee will probably go elsewhere, but we should be in the running if and when he goes free agent. I would trade several minor leaguers, Chamberlain, and Vasquez for Lee, even for a rental, cuz we could sign him after that. One last thing. Where's Granderson's bat? He's really a disappointment and can join Burnett on the negative side of the 'money's worth' ledger.

  2. cyril morley says:

    yankees trader.
    kei iggawa-p,francisco cervelli-c, david adams-sb to seattle for cliff lee-p & mlp.
    a.j.burnet-p to a.d.back for dan haren-p.
    boone logan-p to c.rockies for franklin morales-p.
    royce ring-p to A,s for daniel haigwood-p.
    ramiro pena-inf to p.phillies for scott mathieson-p.
    javier vazquez-p,jose gil-c,jaun miranda-fb,matt cusick-sb to s.f.gaint for jonathan sanchez-p,waldis joaquin-p & mlp.
    jonathan albaladejo-p to m.twins for francisco liriano-p.
    greg colson-cf,chad gaudin-p to pitt for jose tabata-of&craig hanson-p
    sign f/a hank blalock-inf/dh

  3. cyril morley says:

    yankees trader.
    kei iggawa-p,francisco cervelli-c, david adams-sb to seattle for cliff lee-p & mlp.
    a.j.burnet-p to a.d.back for dan haren-p.
    boone logan-p to c.rockies for franklin morales-p.
    royce ring-p to A,s for daniel haigwood-p.
    ramiro pena-inf to p.phillies for scott mathieson-p.
    javier vazquez-p,jose gil-c,jaun miranda-fb,matt cusick-sb to s.f.gaint for jonathan sanchez-p,waldis joaquin-p & mlp.
    jonathan albaladejo-p to m.twins for francisco liriano-p.
    greg colson-cf,chad gaudin-p to pitt for jose tabata-of&craig hanson-p
    sign f/a hank blalock-inf/dh
    please give a up date on yunesky maya-p