Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
The Yankees current DH, Jorge Posada, is hitting just .230-.309-.372 with 9 HRs, 31 RBIs and 24 runs in just under 300 at bats this season. Posada turns 40 years old on August 17th, and his time as a big leaguer may be nearing an end.
There have been many calls for him to be waived this season, and he has yet to improve at the plate. He is currently batting 8th in the Yankees lineup and not producing. Could he be waived in the near future, paving the way for Jesus Montero to be called up?
Montero is having an “off year” by his lofty standards, but still wields what appears to be a major-league ready bat. Here is one assessment of the young man via ESPN‘s Keith Law, who dropped him from #4 to #21 at midseason, writing:
“His bat still hasn’t really come around, although I have to believe the power and patience are all still in there. For a guy who projects as a first baseman or DH, though, .289/.346/.418 isn’t an inspiring offensive performance given his history.”
Downgrade aside, 21 is still a very good prospect ranking. But, in his last 10 games, he is hitting .324-.381-.541 with 2 HRs, 8 RBIs and 6 runs scored. July was his best month since April, as he hit .271-.346-.514 with 4 HR and 21 RBIs.
Can Montero’s bat help the Yankees lineup if he is called up?
Here’s more from Olney in his Sunday morning blog:
Montero put pressure on himself in spring training and struggled, and it could be the same will happen whenever he’s promoted to get a shot at the DH job in the big leagues. But it’s something that the Yankees are likely to try, because their production from their designated hitters has been awful.
The Yankees’ current rankings for their DH production:
OPS: .702, 12th among 14 teams
OBP: .311, 13th among 14 teams
AVG: .231, 11th among 14 teams
Assuming that Montero’s promotion happens sooner rather than later, it’s very unlikely that Posada would be cut during the season, given his place in the organization’s history. In 24 days, the rosters will expand for September, so the Yankees could carry Posada until then even if he doesn’t have a regular role.
Keeping Posada on the roster makes sense, especially after all he had done in his career with the Yankees. But, his time as a starter will probably come to an end real soon.
For fantasy purposes, Montero is a must add in all leagues where he is available, especially keeper leagues. He may struggle initially, but many prospects do, so it should be expected.
Source: Ray Guilfoyle via FakeTeams.com