Montero’s numbers haven’t been outstanding in Triple-A this season, but he’s already spent a year and a half at the minor league level and according to his hitting coach he looks “bored”.
I’ve said it already that the Yankees need to call Montero up. He’s better than Francisco Cervelli, offensively and probably defensively as well, so he’d give them an improvement at the backup catcher position. He might also be able to improve Russell Martin, whose numbers have taken quite a drop lately probably due to overuse.
However, Brian Cashman said that he wants Montero to play everyday. This is despite the fact that he’s already had 756 Triple-A plate appearances and is likely as ready as he’s ever going to be before being called up. He should be broken in the way Jorge Posada, and most rookies, are broken in. Slowly, playing four or five times per week.
There is no reason to wait until he can play everyday. Especially considering Martin should be a Yankee through 2012. Does that mean we have to wait until 2013 to see Montero finally get called up? It’s hard to blame him for having a lack of energy. Call him up already!