Those Who Should be Called Up in September

These are the players who I believe will be part of the annual migration that is the September Call-Ups. All these young men will have a role on the Yankees, even if its small. All of the guys called up are already on the 40-man roster.


-Greg Bird 1B:

Bird will definitely be called up, if he isn't already in the Bronx by then. He'll probably get the most at-bats of the call-ups as well. Bird will be out to prove that he's healthy and ready to be productive.

-Tyler Austin or Garrett Cooper 1B

I can't tell if they'll call up Austin and send down Cooper once Austin's rehab assignment is over. Either way, one of them stays and the other doesn't because they're almost the same player.

-Tyler Wade UTIL:

He brings lots of versatility and speed, which are very helpful attributes in September. His stay in the minors won't be long because Castro won't be back until late August.

-Kyle Higashioka C:

It's always good to have another catcher. Just in case.


-Jordan Montgomery LHP:

Duh. I think he should be in the majors but, whatever, he'll be there come September.

-Jonathon Holder, Ben Heller, and Giovanny Gallegos RHPs:

Righties who are too good for Triple-A but haven't had it click in the majors yet. These guys are next in line for the bullpen, but thanks to our powerhouse pen, they're not gonna get the chance before September.

-Bryan Mitchell RHP/Chasen Shreve LHP:

Both of these guys are in the pen right now but I'm just making it clear that they will steal be in the Bronx in September. Due to improvement in Triple-A, Mitchell recently earned the last spot to be another long man who can eat up innings in a blowout or extra inning game.

Who's Missing

-Miguel Andujar 3B

Andujar could come up instead of Cooper/Austin but he's been passed over in favor of those guys thus far. While he could come up, I don't see why that pecking order changes and he suddenly gets at-bats over them. As a reminder, this is what I think will happen not what I think should happen.

-RHP Luis Cessa, LHP Caleb Smith, RHP Domingo German

All these guys tasted the majors this year with varying success. German was not bad but he sat in the pen as the 8th man for way too long and I'm afraid that will happen again. Cessa and Smith both made starts for the Yankees but both look overmatched when not playing against non-Triple-A hitters to be honest. Simply put, we don't need more starters;we have 6 good ones. So the trio of righty relievers get called up despite this trio's major league experience.

-Tyler Austin or Garrett Cooper 1B:

We don't need both guys so one can help Scranton in their chase for back to back titles.

-Ronald Herrera RHP:

He's barely pitched in Triple-A, let alone the majors. The Yanks will be fine without him.

-A Really speedy guy:

Last year it was Eric Young Jr. and the year before it was Rico Noel. Before the deadline, Jorge Mateo was probably going to be that guy but that's no longer an option. Ellsbury and Wade have lots of speed but they're not the extremely fast type that this guy usually is.

Non 40-man Players Who Warrant Attention

-Nick Rumbelow RHP

He has pitched really well in his first season after major elbow surgery. He probably won't get a 40-man spot just to come up in September but he has put himself back on the map with a stellar season.

-Joe Mantiply LHP

He's not here because of his stats because they're not overwhelming. Theoretically, he could be the lefty specialist the Yankees have never really had this year. However, he won't get the call because he doesn't have a 40-man spot.

That's 34 guys which is plenty. Most teams don't use all 40 spots and typically have 31-37 players in September. You could add Andujar to make it 35 and I wouldn't blame you. With these reinforcements, the Yankees can push for the AL East title and hopefully win it.

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