Since being almost traded for Cliff Lee, Jesus Montero has been on a tear. From July 10th to the 21st, Montero’s got 14 hits in 28 ABs (including 2-2 as I write this on the night of the 21st) to go along with four walks, four home runs, and three doubles.
After scuffling in April (.309 wOBA) and May (.269wOBA), Montero has turned it on in the summer (.353 June wOBA, .489 July wOBA). It seems that the super-young Jesus just needed a bit of adjustment time to the International League before he unleashed his vengeance upon it.
If the Yankees’ current platoon DH situation does not work over the next few weeks, I know there will be a lot of calls for Montero to be called up, especially if the hot streak he’s on continues. The Yankees should not even think of doing this.
Like most of the time I write something declarative, I’m relatively certain I’m preaching to the choir. While Montero’s bat is surely advanced, there’s no need to a) speed up his arbitration clock by calling him up when he doesn’t need to be called up b) take him out of catching every day, which is what he needs to be doing since that’s where he needs the most improvement c) throw a relatively unprepared hitter into the middle of a playoff race and finally d) calling up Montero would be a Mets move.
We all want to see Montero in the Bronx as soon as possible, but as soon as possible should be next spring at the absolute earliest. Even then, I’m not sure he should break camp with the team. A little extra time in AAA never hurt anyone and the longer he can develop his catching skills in a relatively stress free environment the better.
So, please, Jesus, keep hitting the ball. Yankee Front Office: do the smart thing and keep exercising patience with Mr. Montero. This guy’s likely got a big future and shouldn’t be handled like just any prospect.
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