In our recent poll about who should fill in for Curtis Granderson, Ronnier Mustelier holds the lead with 24% of the vote. Zoilo Almonte is in third with 19% vote, trailing possible trade target Alfonso Soriano by only one percent.

As of now, it doesn’t appear that the front office’s sacred cow, Eduardo Nunez, will be moved to the outfield, so Mustelier, Almonte, Juan Rivera, and Matt Diaz are the most likely candidates to get a starting job during Granderson’s temporary absence — if the Yankees don’t make a trade.

Since Rivera and Diaz are retreads, let’s just focus on the two current homegrown products, and evaluate who should get the call: Mustelier or Almonte?

In October 2012, we wrote about four prospects that could be big factors in the Yankees’ offseason plans. Mustelier was one of them, and now he could indeed be a big factor. It’s odd calling Mustelier a “prospect” since he’s 28-years old, but he’s only been in the Yankees organization for 2 years since being signed out of Cuba. He’s flown through the system, hitting at every level, including an impressive .303/.359/.455 (128 wRC+) in 385 PAs at Triple-A last season.

Twenty-three year old Zoilo Almonte burst onto the scene when he posted big numbers at A+ Tampa in 2011, with a beefy line of .298/.373/.522 (145 wRC+) in 292 PAs. He struggled when he was promoted to Trenton that same year, but solved his Double-A problems in 2012 by hitting .278/.322/.488 (120 wRC+). Power is Almonte’s calling card. He hit 21 HRs last year at Trenton, and had an ISO of .211. And we’ve already seen that power in spring training when he homered in the opening game.

Despite Almonte’s power, we’d give the nod to Mustelier. Mustelier is just a more consistent bat at this point. Almonte strikes out at a high rate. He K’d 22.7% of the time at Trenton last season, and 23.6% in his first go-around at Double-A in 2011. ZiPS projects him at a 28.3% K rate. When you’re not making contact with the ball at a rate that high, you need to offset that with walks and/or crazy power. And while Almonte does have power, it’s not enough to offset his current lack of plate discipline. He’s still raw.

Mustelier is more polished at this point. Not that he’s a world-beater, but he’ll make more contact than Almonte (12.7% K rate at AAA). The projection systems like him better, and he does play multiple positions, which would give The Binder even more flexibility. And perhaps above all, he’s 28-years old — there’s nothing left to prove in the minors. The Yankees might as well see what they have.

Either way, it would be cool to see some homegrown guys make the roster.