Montero expected to join Yankees “in the very near future”


Via John Nalbone, sources close to the Yankees have indicated that Jesus Montero is expected to be called up to the big leagues “in the very near future.” Austin Romine and Dellin Betances are also next in line for a promotion to Triple-A Scranton following Manny Banuelos‘ promotion yesterday.

Derek Jeter‘s bruised right middle finger might actually work against Montero for the time being, since the Yankees probably don’t want to send Frankie Cervelli down just yet. As we saw yesterday, he’s their emergency middle infielder. Once Jeter gets back onto the field and shows the finger issue isn’t lingering, then it may be time. Montero has a .339 wOBA overall with Scranton, but he hit well in July (.271/.346/.514) and has performed very well against lefties (.307/.361/.557) and away from PNC Field (.298/.356/.465) this season.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. DZ says:

    See — should have traded Montero for Wandy. Now he may replace Frank the Tank and his Fohawk.

  2. V says:


  3. Drew says:

    It’s an eggsmas miracle!!!


  4. jv says:

    I really hope soon means this week

  5. Skip says:

    Here comes the cavalry.

    Bullpen help: Soriano (check)
    Bench help: Chavez (check)

    Power hitter: ARod (soon)
    Backup Catcher/DH: Jesus Montero (soon)

    LOOGY/Long Relief: Banuelos (September)

    I like the sound of that.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      LOOGY/Long Relief: Banuelos Romero (September August)

      I like my way better.

      • Damix says:

        This. No reason to get into that drama again.

        Any word on inning limit for Banuelos this year?

        • Mike Axisa says:

          I’m guessing 120-140, but that’s just a guess.

        • Urban says:

          Are you talking about the “drama” of taking a pitching prospect and having him pitch out of the pen initially?

          Don’t let the storm around Joba rule what’s best for the team. Young pitchers have been, and will continue, to be called up and pitch out of the pen.

          • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka) says:

            I’m not sure Banuelos would be very effective as a LOOGY in the bigs right now. IIRC, his best pitch is a changeup that helps more against righties, he’s got a curveball but it’s his third best pitch and he doesn’t have that sweeping slider that’s so effective against lefties.

            • Ted Nelson says:

              This is a valid point, but I would revise the original comment to say that if he’s ready for some BP innings they don’t have to be solely as a LOOGY.

            • Prof Plum says:

              A “left-handed reflief pitcher” is not the same as a “LOOGY”. The former (which is what ManBan would be in a 2011 callup) is generally more useful than the latter.

          • Luca10 says:

            You mean, like Jacob Turner the other day?

      • Cuso says:

        Yeah, I got a feeling that if ManBan was used in relief, it wouldn’t necessarily be as a straight-up LOOGY.

        Rather, it would be to start an inning.

        Joe doesn’t like to bring the young guys in with guys on base. He likes to give them clean innings.

    • David, Jr. says:

      It is a great list, except the LOOGY should be Romero.

      By far the most improved team shortly after the deadline: The Yankees

    • Guest says:

      Many young starters have been successfully broken in via late season bullpen stints. Price and Johan Santana are two good recent examples.

      But after what we’ve witnessed with Phil and Joba’s bullpen/starter fluctuations, I don’t think I’m emotionally ready to see this happen with ManBan. Maybe the absolute win-nowism of the Yankee world makes it impossible for the team use the bull-pen route to break in young starters. Whatever the reason, it really doesn’t feel like the strategy works for the Yanks.

      A strong case can be made that, right now, Ian Kennedy has the brightest future of the big three. That could turn out to be wrong, and if it turns out to be right, it could just be due to bad luck. It could also mean that the Yanks need to think about how they develop young starters once they reach the high minors/big league level.

      A good way to start might be to leave ManBan in AAA for a full year to work out the newly apparent control issues and to master that third pitch.

      Or they could rush him to the pen, watch him succeed, start switching back and forth between the pen and the rotation based on the big team’s needs, and hope his head/arm/confidence doesn’t start spinning like a merry-go-round.

      Or they could rush him into the starting rotation before he built up his innings totals, exceed his innings totals to meet the big team’s needs, and hope his arm doesn’t fall off.

      The last two options worked so well the first time around…

      • Ted Nelson says:

        You’re looking at a tiny sample size and reading way too much into it.

        “The last two options worked so well the first time around…”

        Again… sample size. The first time around what? The first time around that you remember? Hughes and Joba were far from the Yankees’ first pitching prospects.

      • Mykey says:

        Haha, well put.

    • tono74 says:

      sound’s good to me.for once i give “Cashman”credit.he did not “maybe”he’s starting to believe in the youngster’s..

  6. Zach says:

    I’m sad for Jorge. I’m sure he is/will be embarrassed and angry. He played very well for many years and benifited from being a Yankee, but right now he is just not good enough be on the roster.

    • jsbrendog says:

      last 14 days for jorge posda:


      last 7 days:

      please actually know something, anything, about what you’re talking about befor eposting. it just makes you sound like you have no idea what is going on.

      • jsbrendog says:

        and for everyone else who doesn’t bother basing their statements in reality or fact:

        andruw jones the last 14 days:

        andruw jones last 7 days:

      • David, Jr. says:

        14 days versus the entire year. A great analysis!

        • jsbrendog says:

          seriously? the previous 4-5 months dont mean ANYTHING.

          he is hitting over the last 2 weeks. if you were to cut/bench a player hitting well just because he did poorly the previous 4 months then you deserve to be fired as a manager

          • David, Jr. says:

            As the guy originally said, just not good enough to be on the roster. A .311 on base percentage, very little power, one of the worst base runners imaginable, no position to play except DH. Very little value.

          • JT says:

            How can you say that the first 4-5 months don’t anything… that is just too dismissive.

            It’s one thing if we are looking at Swisher, who has turned his season around after a bad 1-2 month start, but if a player is playing badly for 4-5 months then catches fire for 2 weeks, I am more inclined to thing this is just a short hot streak than to think he has turned things around.

            Of course, when the guy is on a hot streak, you ride him until it’s over.

          • StanfordBen says:

            Wait, what? Is this serious? A manager who bases decisions on large, significant sample sizes instead of small, insignificant sample sizes should be fired?

            Also, a hitter being hot doesn’t increase his chances of continuing to hit well. Lots of evidence of this, but for example (
            “What’s the best predictor of whether Albert Pujols or Alex Rodriguez will get a hit when he comes to the plate? Not his last five at-bats or his last 25, but his average over the previous two seasons. A .220 hitter is a .220 hitter, never mind that he tore it up yesterday. A .320 hitter is a better bet, even if he’s 0 for July.”

            • JT says:

              Unless its July 29 and he still has no hits. =) In that case he’s definitely pressing and I would go with the .220 hitter.

          • TomG says:

            Yeah, the 95 games they played before the last ten against sub-500 teams are completely meaningless. This team could clearly use some DH help down the stretch and into the postseason, which is why they’re calling Montero up.

      • Posada, all of July: .217/.284/.250

        So I guess the first two weeks of July don’t count, either. Only the immediate sample, because that’s always the most reliable one.

        Like ya, dude, but this is…sadly…oaktag.

        • jsbrendog says:

          what im saying is ride him till he stops hitting. montero isnt going anywhere. why take him out and bench him for montero when he is hitting and the yankees are winning? once he reverts back to being toast then bring up montero. why rush?

          besides, i;ve had a nice run. everyone deserves an oaktag now and again lol

    • Jorge says:

      Don’t be sad for me. Really.

      Oh, you mean the other guy.

      Posada is doing just fine. Working Montero in at the end of the year does not mean shooting Posada in the leg just yet.

  7. Gerald Williams (Yankee Legend) Needs a Monument says:

    Jesus walks!

  8. Dirty Pena says:

    Do the Yanks need 13 pitchers? Why not send down Cervelli and a pitcher?

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      Problem is that the Yankees’ 13th pitcher is their sixth starter right now. I don’t agree with that, either, but the reality is that until the rotation is settled (i.e. Nova or Hughes goes down, or there’s an injury), Yanks’ll carry 13.

      Going down to an 11-man staff would be awesome, but meh.

      • Cuso says:

        If Hughes is awful his next start, he won’t be sent down.

        He’s going to become the long man. He’ll end up pitching 3 innings every fourth day.

        He’ll probably get chances at those mystical 12-out, 4-inning saves during AJ’s starts for that matter.

    • ADam says:

      Precisely, You can put Hughes in the Pen, and send down Noesi or Ayala, you upgrade your rotation by replacing Nova in the rotation for Hughes. and add ManBan as the Loogy

      Going forward


      Wade/Noesi(I prefer Wade)

  9. Bartolo's Colon says:

    Jeter’s injury may hurt his chances to get on the 25 man tonight, but maybe they just want to bring him up to be the first base coach, i heard his windmilling and high fiving were pretty impressive in scranton

  10. Nickel says:

    Sweet! I’m really looking forward to this.

    On a somewhat unrelated note (but not entirely off-topic since you mentioned some of the AA to AAA promotions): With the promotion of Banuelos, any idea who’s going to start for Trenton tomorrow night?

  11. scooter10 says:

    Cervelli will do down for Montero. And then he will back on September 1st. Yankees need to ensure Montero can handle the defensive aspects of catching at the ML level if they are to consider him for the postseason roster. As for Posada, this is obviously his last year. You keep him on the postseason roster for the AL teams – unsure for the World Series.

    I hope they give Posada a chance to catch an inning or two on the Yankees last home game this year. Perhaps let him catch the 1st inning, bat him 3rd and let him tip his hat to the fans.

  12. CMP says:

    With Mitre injured and Cervelli on his way out, there’s gonna be a shortage of players to hate on.

    • NJ_Andy says:

      There’s always Cashman and Hughes, for the less rational fans.

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        Javy. Vasquez.

      • Will says:

        Actually, rational fans look at Hughes’ “tools” and his large, largely mediocre body of work as an MLB starter and wonder why on earth he is allowed to keep losing games.

        We also praise Cashman for having the hilariously huge brass balls to offer Hughes straight up for Ubaldo, even if the Rockies weren’t fleeced.

        • ChrisS says:

          Just shut up, that’s why.

          You’re fired.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          Rational fans have a little patience and realize that what happens today is not 100% predictive of the future… they also look at context a bit. You seem to fail on both counts.

    • Urban says:

      Ha! Wait until Montero is hitting .235 and catching poorly. A signifcant segment of Yankee fans are not into watching young players develop.

      • gc says:

        What’s that old saying? “Let’s rush a prospect up to the majors now so I can bitch about him underperforming sooner!”

        (not that I think calling up Montero in the next couple of weeks would be “rushing” him…)

      • John says:

        normally I would be patient and would tolerate the devleopment if given that bad of a start…

        but with everyone acting like Jesus Montero is Jesus Christ and the next big deal I’ll won’t be as patient…

        since afterall, if he’s that good then he should be putting up All Star stats from the first at bat on…

        • johnnybk says:

          Why does what anybody expects montero to be going to effect how much patience you have for a 20 year old learning to play MAJOR LEAGUE FREAKING BASEBALL? In the event he struggles shouldnt his potential warrant more patience?

      • Henry says:

        At 235 he would be better than Posada and martin. Montero has never had a low batting average while in the minors.

  13. If it was a trustworthy report about Montero, it would have made its own headline. I don’t expect to see him until September, and that’s just in the dugout. This report says he’ll “join the lineup” — in exchange for who, Russell Martin?

    • CountryClub says:

      If they bring him up in August, he’s going to play and not sit on the bench. if they bring him up in September, then I can see him being a part time player until they wrap up a playoff spot.

  14. JohnC says:

    Hopefully in time for the Red Sox series this weekend

  15. CountryClub says:

    It’ll be real interesting to see if they promote Montero in August or wait until 9/1. For some reason, I feel like they’re going to wait.

  16. Jedile says:

    Well we’re movin on up. To the east side!

    I hope Montero won’t get bored in the bigs.

    • MannyGeee says:

      he will be bored within a month and the Yankess will have no choice but to promote him up to the “Greek Gods” league. Hermes will get the call down to the Bronx.

      ‘That Hermes is not much with the bat, but he is GREAT in the locker room. The MSM loves him, a fantastic post game interview…’

      play along, its fun

  17. teddy says:

    somebody needs to teach Romine the fist pump and Cervelli the man for the job

  18. Dennis says:

    “The New York Post reported today that the plan for Banuelos is for him to slowly make the transition to the Triple-A bullpen,with the goal of working relief for the Yankees down the stretch”.

    Did they learn nothing from joba. So how long before fatcasa pronounces him the closer of the future.

    • Urban says:

      I can’t believe there are Yankee fans who will throw out 100 years of baseball history on pitcher development.

      Yes, it’s okay if the Yankees want Banuelos to pitch out of the pen at the end of the year.

      Joba, my god. Yankee fans reaction toward him are WORSE than the tabloids.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        Agreed. I don’t think many commenters’ memory/knowledge spans much beyond the last 5 years or so of Yankee history.

      • YanksFan says:

        Not just the fandom, but the media as well. There is a segment of fans who get their info from the media w/o knowing history. The Francesca’s of the world w/ his huge following does influence the less knowledgable fans.

    • teddy says:

      joba was handle fine, every forgot he was a huge injury risk and dropped in the draft. after the arm injury he was handle awful

      • The Big City of Dreams says:

        “joba was handle fine”

        yes long rest, normal rest, long rest, normal rest and then 2-3 inning relief starts was a fine way to handle a highly touted prospect.

    • CountryClub says:

      Based on his innings limit, Manny to the pen is the only realistic way he comes up to the Yanks this yr.

    • theyankeewarrior says:

      Putting Manny Ban in the pen is not the problem. It’s keeping him there.

      Banuelos to the pen is not a bad thing. It worked for Price and Santana and plenty of others. Just because Joba Chamberlain didn’t pan out as an ace doesn’t mean it was because they threw him in the pen back in ’07. It was because his shoulder and forearm didn’t hold up and he couldn’t maintain velocity & command for more than an inning or three.

      Hence permanent pen assignment. Hence sholder injury ’08. Hence TJS ’11.

    • The Big City of Dreams says:

      So how long before fatcasa pronounces him the closer of the future.


      lol the minute he shuts down the Sox. I also expect Harold Reynolds to do the same. If you think Mike is bad don’t listen to HR. Last season he was still bitching about the “mistake” the Rays made by having Price be starter. He felt he should have stayed a reliever because it cost them games in the 2010 season.

    • ChrisS says:

      See the difference is that in 2007 when Joba was called up, he was a revelation compared to the no-talent ass-clowns (Mo excepted) in the ‘pen that year. Plus Torre liked to Proctor his only decent arms, so he had a leash put on him (i.e., the Joba rules). Besides the early season Robertson dry humps, Girardi seems to treat his pitchers a littler better. Plus he seems like a company man.

      In 2011, the ‘pen is pretty damn good and Robertson is a lights out heir apparent that everyone can hang their post-Mo hopes on. They don’t need Banuelos to fill any gaping holes in the bullpen. Besides LOOGY. And I doubt anyone who can rub two brain cells together will try to pigeon hole him as a LOOGY.

    • Voice of Reason says:

      Joba Chamberlain lost his stuff and had injury problems…therefore all Yankee prospects who start their careers in the bullpen will lose their stuff and have injury problems. Brilliant. There is an incredibly long list of successful starters who began in the bullpen and there is absolutely nothing risky about it. If Betances and Banuelos start approaching their innings limit, why not try them in the ML pen and see if they can’t help the team? There’s no downside to that.

  19. jay h says:

    call him up before he has the chance to tell manny how boring AAA is.

  20. Chris says:

    After all the trade rumors and speculation about him, I am VERY excited to finally see Montero. I hope we are dawning on the next core four: Cano, Banuelos, D-Rob and Montero!

  21. Jesus M. says:

    I’ll be up within a week. Glad they’re finally giving me my shot. Jorge is an old bum and a wasted spot on the roster. Out with the OLD and in with the NEW. I’m going to stick it up the Red Sox poohole. By September the whole stadium will be chanting “Jesus” like the Mets fans used to chant “Darryl” except I won’t end up on drugs with hookers and in jail. ;o)

  22. Hester Prynne says:

    Wow, this news runs contrary to what PatD yelled at us yesterday in capital and bold letters when he said Montero would not be up before Sept. 1 no matter what. From this it sounds like he’ll be up before we know it which is good for him and the ballclub.

  23. YankeesJunkie says:

    Call up Montero, DFA Logan

  24. E-ROC says:

    Promote J.C. Romero and Jesus Montero. Logan is gone and Cervelli can bounce.

  25. Kevin D. says:

    Hopefully he plays this weekend in Fenway Pahk so he can put on a show.

  26. infernoscurse says:

    why do people want logan down? they havent seen his numbers since arod fixed him? 2.19 ERA 18/2 K/bb

    and as much as i want to see montero in the bigs i cant justify sending cervelli down for him and posada has shown some late life on his bat so i dont know who should get the boot but it should be Hughes to continue as a starter in AAA

  27. ohya says:

    how does montero get called up before sept 1 ?

  28. Will (the other one) says:

    Given that there will have to be a decent amount of roster shuffling to accommodate moves over the next couple of weeks (Montero presumably coming up, A-Rod coming back, shifting pitching around), I hope one of the moves involves Noesi going back down. He’s certainly established that he can work at the big-league level, but he’s already on the margins of the bullpen and will see even less time with Soriano coming back. Send him down, stretch him out, and let him continue working and developing in an environment where he can pitch consistently in the role he’ll most likely assume eventually at the major league level.

    Am I crazy on this one?

  29. Monteroisdinero says:

    Even though I love Jesus I would caution patience at the plate. I think he will defend better than folks think and hit worse than folks expect initially. In time, his hitting will be impressive and his catching will stay fine and improve as well.

    For folks who have never seen him-he is a VERY slow runner. Be prepared for that.

    Agree with Romero over Banuelos for a loogy in the pennant race and post-season. It’s one thing to strike out Youkilis on a 3-2 changeup with 2 outs and the bases loaded in Florida in March, it’s another thing at Fenway or YS in Sept/Oct.

  30. Pat D says:

    Well I was wrong.

    Or will be wrong.

  31. CBean says:

    I am ready to accept Jesus into my heart. And lineup.

  32. Mark D. says:

    This is when the clouds break apart and light begins to beam down on Yankee Stadium once Montero is called up before the rosters expand. I want him to show people and the Mariners what they missed out on. Is a winning batting title next year too much to ask for? I don’t think so but thats just me.

  33. medale says:

    I’m ready to accept Jesus in my life.

  34. Jesse says:

    Thank you Brian Cashman. I couldn’t care less what other fans think of you not making a trade. I’m so glad that these four guys are sooo close to big league action. I’m sick and tired of watching the Rays and Red Sox continue to add homegrown talent to their teams every year. Sure the Free Agent signings are nice, but every once in awhile it’d be nice to develop your own elite talent and have them perform in the bigs. I hope Montero can be up by the time they go to Fenway to play the sawx.

  35. Jesse says:

    If the yankees use Manny Banuelos as a LOOGY i’m going to throw up. He’s a starter for Christ sakes. Dont use him out of the bullpen when you already got a guy in J.C Romero who has been effective in AAA and is a veteran guy who has won. Romero should also get the call up before Fenway. I’m not so sure who’d get sent down. But if you put a gun to my head right now It’d be Luis Ayala. Yes he has a great ERA, but he’s not that great in pressure spots. And no, they will not lose Logan. Believe it or not, they still believe in him and he’s been overall effective this season and of late he’s been good against lefties. They need two lefties going into Fenway so obviously losing Logan for Romero wouldn’t make sense at all. But i’m pretty sure the yankees would have to DFA Ayala which could suck. But oh well, i like Cory Wade better anyways.

    • K says:

      Johan Santana? David Price?

      For every Joba or Phil there are hundreds of pitchers broken in at the major league level who succeed.

      Joba always had health issues before he even fell in the draft. Phil is undergoing what Lincecum, Halladay, Hamels, and countless other pitchers went through. You can’t just blame their issues in having time spent in the pen. The bouncing back and forth was an issue for Joba, but they won’t bounce Manny back and forth.

      Seriously some people don’t rhee anything pre-2007….

    • K says:

      Johan Santana? David Price?

      For every Joba or Phil there are hundreds of pitchers broken in at the major league level who succeed.

      Joba always had health issues before he even fell in the draft. Phil is undergoing what Lincecum, Halladay, Hamels, and countless other pitchers went through. You can’t just blame their issues in having time spent in the pen. The bouncing back and forth was an issue for Joba, but they won’t bounce Manny back and forth.

      Seriously some people don’t remember anything pre-2007….

  36. Cuso says:

    Seven chipmunks twirlin’ on a branch, eatin’ lots of sunflowers on my uncle’s ranch….you know that old children’s tale from the sea!

    It’s like you’re dreamin’ about Gorgonzola cheese when it’s clearly brie time, baby.

    Step into my office. Cause you’re fucking fired.

  37. OBdaddy says:

    Goin to a VIP lunch with the Scranton Yanks on Sat.We hope to get Montero and Banuelos to sign the same baseball.

  38. OBdaddy says:

    Goin to a VIP lunch with the Scranton Yanks on Sat.We hope to get Montero and Banuelos to sign the same baseball.Hope Montero is stiil here.

  39. Mickey Scheister says:

    Jesus on the main-line, Call em up, call em up!

    No but really, I love the fact they stood pat with what they have. With decent options with Nova and Noesi (who could be stretched out if need be) if anyone falters, seems better than 40M for Wandy or uncertainities/mortgaging the farm for Ubaldo, Bedard or Harden. With ManBan waiting in the wings for his first cup of coffee.

    Relief wise they’ll have Romero as a second LOOGY. Soriano should be ready for higher leverage in a week or two.

    Power wise, A-Rod and Montero on the 25 man in two weeks. Those are better, IMO, than anything else on the market at premium positions infield & catcher. Who knows, having Montero split with Martin could get Martin back to his early season form.

  40. Hardy says:

    I am not convinced, especially by the Romine part of the article. This would mean that the Yankees call up Montero and keep Cervelli at the MLB level. So they would have to cut Posada or Jones when they could just wait till September to have everybody on the roster.

    • Hank says:

      Or they could send Dickerson down and go with 4 OF for a while (which I would not favor) and keep Cervelli on the roster as a hedge or a late inning defensive replacement (wouldn’t that be ironic?) for Montero when he catches. Of course if this was the plan then bring up G Molina (and get rid of Cervelli) as he actually IS a defensive catcher.

      As you should know by now… Cervelli is superutility guy and can play 2nd and 3rd, so having him as an emergency 5th OF is not a stretch. (On a serious note Nunex could be an emergency 5th OF).

      Don’t assume Cervelli is sent down if Montero is called up…. this is Girardi

      • Jesse says:

        Dickerson is already down. He was sent down so Ivan Nova could make his start in the second game of saturday’s doubleheader. The move to make is Cervelli. The only thing that is holding that up is to see if Jeter’s finger is fine, because Cervelli is the emergency middle infielder. Once they think Jeter is good to go without worry Montero will be up.

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