Hector Noesi debut moved to Friday vs. Portland
TRENTON — The last pitcher sent to Double-A Trenton with the hype of Hector Noesi was Christian Garcia … and we all know how that turned out.
Three elbow surgeries since 2007 derailed the talented but injury-prone Garcia, who was released by the Yankees Friday.
From all reports, however, Noesi is the real deal and he will continue his journey to the big leagues with the Thunder beginning Friday at Portland.
Noesi, 23, replaces Ryan Pope in the starting rotation and after initially being penciled in to make his Eastern League debut Thursday morning at New Hampshire, Noesi instead will toe the rubber in the series opener against the Seadogs at Hadlock Field.
Noesi’s numbers at Class-A Tampa are fairly ridiculous.
In 43 innings spanning eight starts, Noesi (5-2, 2.72 ERA) has struck out 53, walked only six and has given up just 35 hits for a WHIP of 0.953. He delivered five shutout innings with six strikeouts and a walk in his final start Saturday, a no-decision, at Lakeland.
Signed by the Yankees in 2004 (which, incidentally, was the year Garcia was drafted in the third round), Noesi is a member of the 40-man big league roster and began the season averaging 8.54 strikeouts and 1.55 walks per-nine innings over the first 63 games of his minor league career.
Baseball America had him as the No. 24 prospect in the organization in December.
Then again, that same publication has Jeremy Bleich ranked ninth.
The only sign of an injury history was in 2007, when the 6-foot-2, 174 pound Noesi was shut down for the season after just five starts in late June with an elbow strain.
The only other blemish on Noesi’s resume was a 50-game suspension served at the start of the 2007 season for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.