Yankees September Call Ups List And How They Can Benefit The Playoff Push

Today, the New York Yankees start the final push for the post season! Sitting only two games in the loss column out of the second wild card at the moment. Below is a list of the Yankees to be promoted for tonight’s game

1) Jonathan Holder- The Yankees shocked everybody by bringing up Holder this morning. Due to the upcoming 40 man crunch, but He has been absolutely brilliant. In AAA this season Holder has posted a 0.89 ERA over 20 innings. He struck out 35 while walking none, and allowing just seven hits. Being that he is the most unknown of everyone brought up the scouting report on him includes the following. He has a mid 90’s fastball and couples that with a curveball that has sharp break. He commands all his pitches well. He has electric stuff and struck out all 12 batters he faced in a four inning relief appearance
How Can He Help Us Down The Stretch:

Look for Holder to come in and solidify the bridge to Betances. He is also someone that will most likely be able to help the Yankees stay tight in games that are close. The Yankees have struggled to limit damage when having to go to someone who isn’t one of their new big three. Look for Holder to really contribute in the pen

2) Luis Severino 

We all know the saga of Luis Severino this season. Struggling to work on his command of his off speed pitches, and the break on his change up. He struggled to ever get going in the majors and spent the season bouncing back and forth. The best that Severino looked all season was in his relief appearance against the New York Mets. Severino’s stuff has always profiled much better out of the pen. With two true plus pitches he has the chance to be really good in the pen.

How Can He Help Us Down The Stretch:

Severino can help the Yankees tremendously down the stretch. Much like Holder he is here to solidify the middle of the bullpen, and could prove to be a solid piece in the Yankees bridge to the big three. Severino has always been profiled as a bullpen pitcher, and I expect him to flourish in this new role. It is important that he is with the Yankees. He can provide some length if needed, but also gets another month of major league experience. The more experience he gets the brighter his future becomes. I expect Severino to really help the Yankees in their final month.

3) Nick Goody

Nick Goody has been somewhat of a question all year. He has dominated AAA this season posting a 1.93ERA over 23 innings. He has struck out 35 and allowed just 12 hits and 4 walks. In the majors his ERA is 4.23, but his WHIP is almost a full point higher than his AAA numbers as well.

How Can He Help Us Down The Stretch:

If Nick Goody could return to the success he has experienced in AAA this season he could prove to be valuable out of the pen; however, Goody is here mostly for depth and the occasional match up. 

4) Kirby Yates- Kirby Yates is back in the Yankee bullpen. He has posted an ugly 5.40ERA this season and has proven to be worse over his last 15 outings where his ERA sits at 7.36. Earlier this season Yates helped the Yankee bullpen by posting a 3.56ERA in April and a 1.47ERA in May; however, June would be the month that caught up with Yates he posted a 14.04ERA and to make matters worse it was over the course of ten appearances. 

How Can He Help Us Down The Stretch:

Yates proved to be of value in the first two months of the season. He has struggled to find the same success he had earlier in the season. At this point Yates is battling to keep his 40 man roster spot, and help the Yankees down the stretch. At the moment Yates will be used to provide depth for the Yankees.

5) Rob Refsnyder- Refsnyder spent the past two seasons bouncing back and forth between AAA and the MLB. This year in the majors he is batting .264 with 11 runs batted in. He was demoted and later replaced by Tyler Austin, but Refsnyder didn’t let that effect him. He batted .368 in the month of August and is swinging a hot bat coming into the month of September.

How Can He Help Us Down The Stretch:

The Yankees are likely going to be without Aaron Hicks for a little while which will provide Refsndyer with some key opportunities to get some at bats. Refsnyder has swung a hot bat, and does a good job at seeing pitches at the plate. Refsnyder could prove to be a versatile player, and a spark for the Yankee offense down the stretch. His versatility will be key.

6) Eric Young Jr- He was aquired by the Yankees from the Brewers in exchange for cash. Young is known for his speed. In his career he is 144 for 179 in stolen bases. He also covers a lot of ground in the outfield. He is a .240 hitter, but is known mostly for his speed.

How Can He Help Us Down The Stretch:

Eric Young JR can prove to be a huge part of the Yankee offense this season. This guy can flat out fly. He is one of the best base stealers in baseball, and in a close game if you need a stolen base, or someone to score on a base hit this is your guy. He also can provide good defense for the Yankees in late innings with Hicks out at the moment with a hamstring injury.

Who Else Can We Expect To See:

1) Mason Williams- Personally, I’m a bit shocked that Williams didn’t get the call today. They did promote two players capable of playing outfield, but with Williams speed and defense most figured he’d be a shoe in. Still, he will be up soon enough. He can provide the Yankees with stellar late game defense and speed. Also, he has started to really hit of late down in the minors. Keep an eye on him as someone who could come up and make an impact.

2) Johnny Barbato- we can expect to see Johnny Barbato come up soon to add more depth to the Yankee bullpen. You can never have enough relievers and I expect to see him up soon.

3) James Pazos- Pazos has missed a lot of this season due to an injury, so it’s no surprise that he isn’t on the list of first call ups; however, with more outings he can come up and really help the Yankees against left handed batters.

4) Bryan Mitchell- This call up will depend mostly on how he performs. If he is able to get back to form and look healthy. Look for him to get the call to help that Yankee bullpen get some outs, and provide length if needed.

5) Tyler Webb- Though he is not on the 40 man roster I expect to see him at some point in September. He is extremely tough on lefties, and is rule 5 draft eligible if not added to the 40 man roster.

6) Mark Montgomery- Another player not currently on the 40 man roster. Montgomery is a rule 5 eligible pitcher of not added to the 40 man and with his success id be surprised if he isn’t rewarded with a call up.


Author: David Rinehart

Die hard Yankees fan! Grew up rooting for the dynasty the Yankees built in the 90's.

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