With the promotion of Ian Kennedy, the Yankees now have a thirteen man bullpen (including the injured David Robertson.)
I know this usually isn’t a problem, but do the Yankees have too many pitchers? With Alfredo Aceves, Jon Albaladejo, Ian Kennedy, Sergio Mitre, and Josh Towers all available as long relievers…can’t they let one of them go?
My solution is once again to DFA Sergio Mitre. This time I would like the Yankees to promote either Kevin Russo, or Austin Jackson.
Both are just sitting at home right now, when they could be getting a valuable MLB pennant race experience. Personally, I prefer Russo, only because they are more in need of infielders than outfielders.
Mitre is basically useless right now. Aceves has not pitched since September 14th, Kennedy needs work, and Towers has not pitched since September 12th.
They can handle losing Mitre.
With September Call-ups being made today, the Yankees decided to stack their bullpen with a few young guns. Here were the five September call-ups yesterday:
Key SWB players not to make the call up list were Jon Albaladejo, Zach Kroenke and Shelley Duncan. Some people are angered by this, but these players are being kept down for the SWB Yankees attempt to repeat for the Governor’s Cup.
Albaladejo was not called up due to an eye injury he suffered a few days ago. He may be called up shortly.
I recently commented on a Chad Jennings blog post and asked him who he thought would be called up in September, if Ramiro Pena could play CF in the MLB yet, and if Austin Jackson could play all three outfield positions.
Here was his response:
The call-up situation changed today with the announcement that Joba Chamberlain will be pitching every five days, but only going a few innings at a time. That likely means more pitchers going up than I originally expected.
Of the five pitchers on the 40-man — Melancon, Claggett, Ramirez, Albaladejo and Dunn — I now think three will go up on September 1 and the other two will go after the season. I’ll take a guess that Albaladejo is the one most likely to go up on September 1.
Postion players, I think only Cervelli and Pena will go up on September 1. After the season, I think Duncan, Miranda and maybe Jackson.Pena looks good in center field, but I wouldn’t have him start a game there in New York. Maybe late in a game that’s already decided. For a guy who’s hardly played the position, playing center field in a big league ballpark is going to be quite a bit different from a minor league park.
No doubt Jackson can play all three spots in the big leagues right now and be well above average defensively.
Every year in September the MLB rosters expand to 40 players, rather than 25. Here’s who I believe the Yankees should call-up for the pennant race.
*Most teams call up 3 or 4 players before the AAA and AA playoffs end, then call up more*
1. Zach Kroenke, LHP, AAA Scranton. Kroenke has been lights out in AAA this year, with a sub-2.00 ERA. Kroenke would help the bullpen by giving them another lefty reliever and by giving them length.
2. Ramiro Pena, INF, AAA Scranton. Pena has seen a lot of time in the MLB this year and could help with the infield depth. We don’t want Jose Molina being the backup third baseman, do we?
3. Mark Melancon, RHP, AAA Scranton. Melancon has had limited time in the MLB this year, but has had pretty good results in his time there. Melancon can help out with depth.
4. Shelley Duncan, OF, AAA Scranton. Duncan had one day in the majors this year before being sent down in favor of Jerry Hairston Jr. Duncan has been stellar in AAA.
AFTER THE AAA PLAYOFFS:
5. Josh Towers, RHP, AAA Scranton. Not on the 40-man but could be a spot-starter or a long reliever if needed.
6. Jon Albaladejo, RHP, AAA Scranton. Closing in AAA, has seen time in the MLB.
7. Juan Miranda, 1b, AAA Scranton. One and done this year in the MLB.
8. Kevin Russo, INF, AAA Scranton. One of the most consistent players in AAA this year, needs a spot on 40-man.
9. Austin Jackson?!?!?! OF, AAA Scranton. This is one I am uncertain about. He could use the experience, but they don’t want to rush him.
10. Francisco Cervelli, C, AAA Scranton. Was great in his time in the MLB. Currently on the 7-day DL in AAA.
This would give the Yankees 35 players, 36 with Brett Gardner returning. That is more than enough.
PROBLEM: 4 of these players (Kroenke, Towers, Russo, Jackson) do not have spots on the 40-man roster.
WHO WOULD LEAVE THE 40-MAN:
1. DFA Kevin Cash. With Cervelli, Molina, and Posada all healthy, and Cash on the DL in AAA, he is completely not needed.
2. DFA Sergio Mitre.
That still leaves 2 extra spots needed, so two of those (I suspect Towers and Russo) wouldn’t be called up.
*This is pure speculation*
The Yankees kept Jon Albaladejo on the MLB roster today instead of calling up another outfielder. The Yankees surprised me with this one, as Mark Melancon has been sitting on the bench, having not made an appearance since July 10th in Los Angeles, while the Yankees could use another OF. John Rodriguez is healthy, Shelley Duncan is killing the ball, but Austin Jackson is struggling of late. I am fairly positive the Yankees will have another OF up by Thursday, with my guess being Shelley Duncan still.
In a few minutes I will post my interviews with AA beat writer Mike Ashmore and AAA beat writer Chad Jennings.
If you did not see this video, check it out! Yankees fans could always use a laugh at the Mets expense.
Brett Gardner was placed on the 15-day DL today with a broken thumb. Jon Albaladejo was called up to take his place. Tomorrow the Yankees will call up an OF from Scranton to replace Gardner….but the question is….WHO?
The only CF option is highly-touted prospect Austin Jackson, who Joe Girardi said will NOT be called up.
That leaves Shelley Duncan and an injured John Rodriguez. Ramiro Pena is also an option having played a few games in CF at AAA.
Prediction: Shelley Duncan called up and Yankees move Xavier Nady to 60 day DL
What I want done: Shelley Duncan and Ramiro Pena called up, move Nady to 60 day and Designate for Assignment Cody Ransom. Pena can play CF when completely neccessary and so can Nick Swisher.
P.S.: Chad Jennings, who covers the Scranton Yankees, has agreed to answer 10 questions for me through email. He will be the first person to be a part of my 10 question segment. I should have the interview up by Tuesday.