In Need of a Savior: Should The Yankees Call Up Jesus Montero?

May 20, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments
Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees

Yes, yes they should.  That’s the answer to the headline.  If you got it right, good for you.  

If you are actually dumb enough to have disagreed with me, just stop reading now because I don’t want have to read the stupid comments you are no doubt already formulating in your head as you skim the article.

And no, I will not apologize for the name pun in the title.

In fact, you should be glad I’m doing it now while it isn’t incredibly annoying.  

If Mr. Montero is as good as Yankee management hopes, then you won’t be able to pick up a New York Post for the next 12 years without having to read, “Jesus Saves!” or, “Jesus Alnighty!” (you know, if he comes up big in a night game.)

Alright, now that the important stuff is out of the way, lets break down why the Yankees need to call up their young slugging catcher.

The Yankees’ countless injuries seem to finally be catching up with them.

With Posada, Granderson, Aceves, and Johnson all on the DL and Swisher, Thames, and Mitre unavailable, the Yankees have been forced to depend on the likes of Randy Winn and Mark Melancon to get there Ws.  

You might have noticed, that hasn’t been working out so well.

With Posada’s injury the Yankees are going to need to call up a catcher unless they feel comfortable with having Ramiro Pena as their backup catcher (Yes, he is their emergency catcher.)

Francisco Cervelli’s strong performance behind the plate means that Montero can focus more on helping out the Yankees with his bat instead of his still developing glove.

Montero’s presence could help to fill two needs for the Yankees: a backup catcher and a DH.

Not only can Montero fill the catcher spot in a pinch, he is one of the best options the Yankees have in their farm system for a power bat. 

Montero has struggled thus far in AAA and was recently benched for “lack of hustle.” He also isn’t currently on the 40-man roster, but with the Yankees’ options as limited as they are, and Montero’s potential upside, the Yankees can’t afford not to take the chance.

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