Thursday, September 1, 2011

Possible Yankees September call-ups

In the past few years, I haven't been too excited about Yankee call-ups, mostly because they were calling up a few old MLB vets for depth purposes, as opposed to top prospects as sort of an introduction to the big leagues. However, this year could certainly be different, as Jesus Montero will get the call. Additionally, one or more of the "Killer B's" could make their debut, although Brian Cashman doesn't seem to want to rush them.

Here is my opinion on who will get called up. I have no idea if any of these guys will get the call, but I expect a few of them will.

1. Hector Noesi. This is a no-brainer, as he's spent the majority of the season with the Yanks. He was sent down on Monday to make room for Freddy Garcia, so he'll be right back. His workload has been poorly manager this year, but he's thrown well for the most part. I'd like to see him be given a chance to start next spring.

2. Brandon Laird. With ARod's thumb injury, Laird should get the call. He had a cup of coffee with the Yanks earlier this year and got his first MLB hit and RBI, and I could see him playing a few games after a playoff spot is wrapped up. He offers nice insurance at third.

3. Jesus Montero. The Yanks number one prospect, he could legitimately hit his way onto the post-season roster. I'm curious to see him catch, but there's no denying that the bat is MLB-ready. I'm worried he might press at first to show that he should have been called up a long time ago, but if he doesn't, I think he could add another big bat to the line-up and possibly see some time at DH. He could be an X-factor.

4. Andrew Brackman. After a disasterous first 3/4ths of the season, he has settled into a bullpen role and has been throwing well. The huge righty is on the 40-man roster, so I don't see why he won't get the call.

5. Lance Pendleton. He also had a cup of coffee earlier in the season and will provide some depth as a mop up guy.

6. Chris Dickerson. He's spent a lot of time with the Yanks this year and has been pretty good. He'll be up and probably play a bit toward the end of games as a defensive replacement and pinch runner.

7. Aaron Laffey. He was plucked off waivers and immediately threw a few innings before being out-righted to Triple A. He'll be back and have an audition as a second lefty out of the pen.

8. Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos. Two of the young Killer B's, both have pitched well in there recent promotions to Triple A Scranton. I'm not sure we'll see either, but I'd be really excited if even one of them got the ball in the Bronx this year. If not this year, we'll certainly see each of them in NY at some point in 2012.

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