Tomorrow is September 1 which means that major league rosters expand from 25 players to 40 and one player whom is definitely getting called up is top prospect Jesus Montero, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
It’s about damn time.
Montero, 21, is ready for the major leagues after spending two full seasons at the Triple-A level. He started off slowly this season, but has really come on as of late and has improved his overall numbers. His OBP is .348 and his OPS is .814. The biggest knock on him is that he looks bored.
Meanwhile, the Yankees could have used this guy a long time ago. For one thing, he could have been used in April when Francisco Cervelli was out. Maybe then Russell Martin‘s hot streak wouldn’t have flamed out so quickly. They could have also used him as Martin’s backup all season long as Cervelli hasn’t provided much offensively or defensively this year.
Sherman reports that Montero will see a decent amount of playing time and will have a chance to play himself on the playoff roster. Although the playoff roster spot is supposedly a slim chance.
My guess is that he will take over as the backup catcher and will also get a chance to see a good amount of at bats as the DH. If he outperforms Jorge Posada or Cervelli or both he should have a real chance to play in October.
Sherman also reported that top pitching prospects Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances will not be called up this September. The Yankees don’t think either pitcher is quite major league ready as both need to work on their fastball command before being called up. Earlier this month general manager Brian Cashman said that he was only going to call people up based on merit instead of using it as a reward system.