The Yankees lineup has been posted and guess who is DH’ing and hitting seventh tonight? That’s right, their long awaited top prospect Jesus Montero will finally make his major league debut tonight in Fenway Park of all places.
The Yankees seem ready to give this kid a lot of playing time. Manager Joe Girardi said that he wouldn’t want to rush him behind the plate because Russell Martin and Francisco Cervelli know the pitching staff and are a lot more comfortable with them right now, but he didn’t rule it out. The bulk of his playing time will probably come as the DH though.
He’ll probably get a chance to play against just about every lefty the Yankees face as well. That’s because of his insane splits. This season Montero had a .392 OBP and a 1.039 OPS against lefties vs. a .330 OBP and a .728 OPS against righties. So for the rest of the season expect a platoon of Eric Chavez and Montero at DH with him occasionally playing behind the plate. Jorge Posada, is probably a strict bat off the bench for now on and will only occasionally get a start. Unless Montero has some serious growing pains.