I don't think any of these moves are terribly unexpected - a couple of extra arms, a utility infielder, and a fifth outfielder are just what the doctor ordered at this juncture. Most fans are familiar with Golson, Noesi, and Pena, as all three have spent some time with the Yankees over the past two seasons. Kontos, on the other hand, may be something of an unknown to many. The former top prospect and starter features a mid-90s fastball with decent movement and a wipe-out slider that generates a nice amount of swings and misses. He's somewhat prone to fits of wildness, but those have become fewer and further in between following TJS and his transition to the bullpen. He posted a tidy 2.62 ERA (3.85 FIP), 9.2 K/9, and 2.6 BB/9 over 89.1 IP for Scranton.
I've been waiting for this call-up for quite some time, and I think Kontos can be a reliable set-up arm in the very near future. Here's hoping we'll get to see him a few times this month.
Last week, Joel Sherman reported that neither Betances nor Banuelos would get a call to the show - though, I suppose baseball rumors are worth about as much as the paper they're printed on. I don't think either performed well-enough in Scranton to merit a call, but I don't think allowing either to toss some low-leverage innings is a terribly poor idea.
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