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Who You Gonna Call? Possible September Call-Ups for the Yankees and Mets

Chris Schwinden (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

In just one week, we will enter the final month of baseball’s regular season. While the Yankees have all but locked up a playoff spot and the Mets have floundered again, there’s still excitement in September. For ’tis the season for call-ups. Here are three players from both of New York’s teams who could be joining the big leagues.

Mets Need Arms and Legs

Don’t be fooled, the New York Mets have pretty good hitters at the major league level including batting average leader Jose Reyes. The areas they really need help in are pitching and health. Daniel Murphy is the only Met who has appeared in more than 100 games this season, and only two hurlers have notched more than 10 wins. Thankfully, there are a few farmhands ready to move up to the bigs.

Chris Schwinden (P)

The Mets will face five of the top 10 teams in run scoring during the last month of the season. They will certainly need help in the bullpen. Schwinden has pitched well with Triple-A Buffalo and was named a mid-season All-Star. Batters are only hitting .235 off the right-hander. He’ll definitely give the Mets a lift if he comes up.

Dale Thayer (P)

Buffalo’s closer Dale Thayer, known primarily for a rockin’ mustache, could also be running in from the bullpen at Citi Field this September. Thayer has bounced between the big club and the Triple-A squad for the past three seasons. He’s struggled against big league hitting, but as a specialist he may excel. Seven of his eight home runs allowed have been against lefties so he could come in to shut down right-handed batters.

Joshua Satin (2B)

Just because the Mets don’t need a ton of help on offense, doesn’t mean they can’t call up hitters. Joshua Satin has more than earned his spot with the big club. In 32 games with Buffalo, he’s hitting .325. The Mets starting second baseman Justin Turner has been slumping in the month of August so Satin could pick up a few starts.

A Taste of the Yankees Future

The Yankees have quite a few high-profile prospects moving up through the system. The big league roster is deep all the way around so this could be nothing more than a teaser of the future. But with more than a few pitchers on the DL, some young arms could wind up pitching in some big games.

Dellin Betances (P)

One of the most talked about prospects in the system has already made the Yankees’ 40-man roster. Betances has struggled in his two games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, giving up nine walks in one three inning appearance. However, the homegrown future star (from Brooklyn) could very well come in for a relief appearance.

Brandon Laird (3B)

Laird already made his MLB debut this year, and he could come up again. A-Rod still hasn’t proven he’s recovered from his knee problems and has a thumb strain. Even with Eric Chavez backing him up, it’s more than possible that Laird will get some time in the hot corner. The multiple award-winning minor leaguer could be a major player in the final month of the season.

Jesus Montero (C)

The Yanks are more than covered at the catcher position with Russell Martin and Francisco Cervelli splitting duties, but I can’t see the Yankees keeping a top 10 prospect in the minors for much longer. Montero has already played two full seasons in Triple-A. At the beginning of the season, the 21-year-old slugger was named to MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects. Even if he doesn’t get time behind the plate, he could do some serious damage with the bat.

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