Jesus Montero's time may be close

Updated: August 7, 2011, 1:07 PM ET
By Buster Olney

Jorge Posada had four at-bats on Saturday and he went 0-for-4. Since the All-Star break, he is hitting .232 with no homers, two doubles and three walks, for an on-base percentage of .271. In the past, one of his strengths as a hitter was his ability to get on base, and another was his excellence from the right side of the plate. So far this year, his overall on-base percentage is .309, and as a right-handed hitter he's 6-for-58 with no homers.

Which is why the promotion of Jesus Montero from Triple-A Scranton is probably imminent at this point. Many veterans began passing through waivers this week and before the Yankees expend resources to try to trade for one of them, they likely will want to give the best hitting prospect in their organization a shot at the DH role in the big leagues.

There are questions among many evaluators about whether Montero will ever be an everyday catcher in the big leagues, but nobody doubts that he'll be a good hitter. After a slow start, Montero has hit better of late in Triple-A -- one evaluator saw him turn around a 97 mph fastball -- and driven his numbers northward. Montero, 21, is hitting .289, with a .350 on-base percentage and 11 homers, and keep in mind that he's a right-handed hitter.

Montero put pressure on himself in spring training and struggled, and it could be the same will happen whenever he's promoted to get a shot at the DH job in the big leagues. But it's something that the Yankees are likely to try, because their production from their designated hitters has been awful.

The Yankees' current rankings for their DH production:
OPS: .702, 12th among 14 teams
OBP: .311, 13th among 14 teams
AVG: .231, 11th among 14 teams