Ned Yost media session: August 31
Yesterday, Ned Yost mentioned that he would talk to GM Dayton Moore today about September call-ups. Naturally, that was the first question in today’s media session. Yost said that Moore is having conversations with minor league coaches and scouts about potential call-ups. Yost and Moore had a brief chat on the topic that centered around three immediate possible roster additions: reliever Gil Meche, infielder Josh Fields and catcher Lucas May.
Meche is here in KC already and will be activated tomorrow to fill a bullpen role. Fields also will likely be here after his rehab stint with NW Arkansas. He is healthy once again and swinging a hot bat for the Double-A Naturals (.429 entering today). Yost has heard the reports about Fields but wants to see it for his own eyes. As for May, Yost is not sure that it will happen tomorrow since May was hit by a pitch in last night’s game with Omaha. He believes in having three catchers and it would be a chance to evaluate May, who joined the organization in the Scott Podsednik trade last month. However, Yost hinted that duty would be limited for May as he also sees more playing time for Brayan Pena in September.
Yost does not expect a large number of call-ups. He doesn’t want to fill the bench with guys who are unlikely to play. Reporters asked about several prospects, including outfielder Jarrod Dyson and left-handed reliever Tim Collins. Yost said that Dyson wasn’t talked about in his brief conversation with Moore. While Yost would like to add a left-hander or two and stressed championship clubs have at least two in their bullpen, he downplayed talk of a Collins call-up as the lefty just turned 21 and is in his first month at Triple-A.
Wilson Betemit’s emergence has been a regular topic among reporters. Yost said that everybody is at a similar heightened skill level in the Majors and that the mental aspect is what separates most players. He does believe that players can have something click – he has seen it in his time with Atlanta and Milwaukee. Yost believes that something has clicked with Betemit, who did not have the right chance with his previous organizations. He sees Betemit’s eventual role as a super-utility player, similar to that of Willie Bloomquist.