On Monday, Ike Davis made his Major League debut for the New York Mets. This small event, along with Moshe’s post yesterday, got me thinking about how excited we’ll be for Jesus Montero to make his Major League debut. There are some things I hope for in regards to that debut, and some things I don’t hope for.
I hope his call up comes soon, but not too soon. Montero doesn’t need to be added to the 40-man yet, but his bat is knocking hard on the door. That doesn’t mean, though, that the Yanks should rush Jesus to the Bronx. I want, and I think you want, him to be here in September at the earliest.
The most important thing is that when this move comes, it should not be made out of desperation. We could argue that the Mets called up Davis for this reason; they were looking pretty bad the last week or so and the offense needed a jolt. While Davis will likely do well, he is after all a good hitter, the move seems a bit rushed; he had fewer than forty plate appearances in AAA. But, when the front office and the manager are more or less fighting for their jobs, moves like this need to be done. Back to the Yankees: it’s unlikely that the Yankees will be in a bad spot and will need to call up Montero for a jolt of offense. The development of a future All-Star is more important than a few games mid-season. What comforts me is that the desperation scenario is unlikely. If you haven’t noticed, this team is pretty damn good.
When Montero does come up, I hope he is able to catch. There have been mixed reviews about his defense this season, but behind the plate is where Montero will bring the most value. If he can give even Mike Piazza or Jorge Posada level defense, he’ll be incredibly valuable.
Lastly, we need to not expect the world of this guy. We know what his ceiling is and we know how good he may be one day, no matter what the position. However, we should know from watching Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain that developing incredible talent is a slow process. As good as he may one day be, it’s not likely that Jesus hits the ground at full speed. We must harness our excitement and be patient. When he hits his first homer, though, go nuts.
Good luck for the rest of your time in Scranton, Jesus. We hope to see you soon.
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