Call-Up Season Finally Arrives, So What’s Next?Posted: June 21, 2011
(The following post is being syndicated from New York’s Homegrown)
News broke yesterday that Addison Maruszak was called up from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton and Rob Lyerly got promoted from High-A Tampa to Trenton. This wasn’t totally unexpected though as this is around the time when call ups start happening and the Yanks had already called Tim Norton up to Scranton before he went down with a shoulder injury. With this being said, let’s take a look at the possible players who could get a call in the near future.
With Lyerly being a third baseman, it would make sense to call up the Charleston Riverdogs third baseman from Low-A to replace him. This player, Rob Segedin, luckily, is having a terrific season posting a .393 wOBA with five homers and 34 runs driven in. He has been one of the best hitters on the team and probably the most consistent from the start. This promotion should happen any day now.
If you would have asked me two weeks ago, I would have told you that JR Murphy would definitely be called up to Tampa this week, but he ran into a little bit of a slump and it seemed he had lost whatever was making him a doubles machine. That might have cost him from being called up very soon, but still Murphy is now 6-for-his-last-13 and we should see him up soon enough.
Another guy, who has seemingly flown under the radar in the Tampa starting rotation is Josh Romanski. All the talk heading into the season was about Brett Marshall and Jose Ramirez, but Romanski has proven to be fantastic. In 59.1 innings, he has pitched to a 3.49 FIP and is striking out almost six per nine innings while walking under two per nine. The south paw’s last four starts, including last night, have been great.
I personally think that Jesus Montero should be the back up catcher and the designated hitter two or three times a week for the New York Yankees, but as of right now, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be called up soon. I will still always push for it and I’m hoping it will happen by the trade deadline, because, quite frankly, I don’t see the value in a back-up catcher who can’t really hit and throws the ball into center field once a game.
When and if Montero does get the call, you can bet that Austin Romine will get his first taste of Scranton. Romine has spent the last couple of weeks on the shelf with a concussion, but was putting together a fine season for Trenton batting .298/.362/.421. Hopefully, he can come back from the injury swinging.
I am going to tell you that no matter how well Gary Sanchez and Manny Banuelos perform, they will not be promoted. Sanchez, who is only 18, proved he needs to do some more maturing with his recent outbursts and can use a full season in Charleston. ManBan, on the other hand, has lost that great control that everyone raved about this spring and since he is only 20 and needs to build his innings, the safest thing to do is keep him Trenton.
Sure there are a few guys I could have missed, but these are the main guys. Slade Heathcott could have been here if he didn’t drop off dramatically and Dellin Betances could be here is he lowers that walk rate. This is always one of the most exciting parts of the year because we finally get to see guys we are rooting for have their hard work pay off, and it’s just getting started.