We're looking at a couple of promotions this afternoon. The left-handed pitcher David Huff will be called up to the Bronx from Scranton. He will require a 40 man roster move, and that will probably come in the form of some 60 day DL move for David Phelps, Luis Cruz, Travis Hafner, or Zoilo Almonte. Dellin Betances will be optioned back down to Scranton to make room on the 25 man roster. Huff has posted a 3.84 ERA with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate this season. In 68.0 innings, he's shown good control (1.7 BB/9), a strikeout ability (8.5 K/9), but a little too much hitability (10.1 H/9). I assume that Joe Girardi and the rest of the organization is a little worried about the Yankees' bullpens recent overuse, and with Phil Hughes pitching this afternoon, they want someone that can go the distance in case of an emergency. If not necessary for today, Huff could act as a second left-hander against a stacked Red Sox lineup, as well as a possible starter for the Yankees' double header on Tuesday.
And in some bitter sweet news, Mason Williams will replace Slade Heathcott in Trenton. The top prospect gets the promotion to Double-A after producing just a .261/.327/.350 slash in Tampa. Although Williams has struggled in a handful of plate appearances in August, he hammered the ball in June and July, producing a .793 OPS over those two months. As I've said a thousand times before, it's extremely hard to hit for power in Steinbrenner Field, and hopefully Williams will show a better slash in Trenton.