Assume that Robinson Cano is hurt. The Yankees would need someone to play second.
At Triple-A, presently, there are three middle infielders: Alberto Gonzalez, Angel Chavez and Chris Basak.
Each is hitting over .300 at the moment. (Chris Basak is the only one showing some pop while he’s doing it.) If the Yankees had to make a call for help, it would be between Basak and Gonzalez.
Basak is your typical Four-A utility player. Gonzalez is a legit prospect at short. This tells me that the Yankees would go for Basak, if they needed to replace Cano on the roster (with Cairo becoming the starting second baseman). It does make sense to let the prospect play everyday, etc.
But, it would be interesting to see what would happen if the Yankees did call up Alberto Gonzalez and let him play second while Cano was out. What would happen if Gonzalez showed Pokey Reese-like range around the middle of the diamond and hit .280-ish over a 30 game period with the Yankees? It would add a whole new level to a certain debate, for sure. Throw in continued struggles for the Yankees first basemen and it would get even more interesting.
Hopefully, Cano is fine and it’s all moot. But, it’s a fun “What if?” nonetheless.