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Mariners dump Hector Noesi from the rotation to Triple-A

Jul 5, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Hector Noesi won a spot in the Mariners’ rotation during spring training after coming over from the Yankees in the Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap, but after going 2-11 with a 5.77 ERA in 17 starts he’s headed back to the minors.

Noesi is 25 years old and still has a future as a potential fourth or fifth starter, but there isn’t much reason for any optimism within his performance. In addition to the ugly win-loss record and ERA he served up 20 homers in 361 at-bats despite calling a pitcher-friendly ballpark home, managed just 60 strikeouts in 97 innings, and handed out 3.2 walks per nine frames.

Poor control, few missed bats, and an inability to keep the ball in the ballpark is just about the worst possible combination for a pitcher, but Noesi may benefit from some time at Triple-A given that he’s made just eight career starts there.

Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to step into the open rotation spot until the Mariners deem top prospect Danny Hultzen ready for the promotion from Triple-A.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    While that trade cannot be seen as a great move for the Yankees, and it is still far too early to really judge the whole thing, I am a bit amused by this. Especially since there were some quotes from Mariners people suggesting that Noesi was the best pitcher in the deal. If Pineda comes back at 50% he will be better than Noesi.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Montero is batting .245/.281/.376 for an 87 OPS+ and Noesi got demoted to AAA. Still not sure how people are blaming the Yanks on this considering they still have 6 years of Campos and another 5(4?) of Pineda.

      At best, this is a push so far.

      • Reflex - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

        Until the Yanks get *some* production out of Pineda this is a loss for them. As for why it was a bad trade to make in the first place, Pineda has poor mechanics and a poor work ethic, and neither of those were secrets going into the deal. He does have a great attitude, so at least the work ethic has some hope of improving. I still expect another serious breakdown in the next few seasons for him, however, as a great attitude and ethic won’t overcome poor mechanics.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      I like Noesi when he was with the Yanks, but he seemed more suited for long work out of the bullpen. He gave up 6 HRs in 56.1 innings with the Pinstripes.

  2. denny65 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    As if sending Noesi down to Tacoma is going to help the Ms. However, I am anxious to see how Carlos Peguero–who was called up–will perform. He’s hit homers (including a grand slam) in his last five games for the Rainers and six HRs in the last ten games.

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