Considering the fact that he was never as big a prospect as Jose Campos is, Hector Noesi was probably the smallest name involved in the blockbuster deal that swapped Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda during the offseason. Regardless of how small his name is though, Noesi was no throw in.
Noesi broke in with the Yankees last year, playing in 30 games including just two starts, and he was expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring. Now in Seattle’s rotation, he is excited for his first trip back to the Bronx since the trade.
“It’s not like I’m really excited to come back because now I play for Seattle and I love Seattle,” Noesi coyly told AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. “But [I’m] kind of a little excited.”
Noesi isn’t off to an overly impressive start so far this year. In six games and 30 innings, he has a 6.30 ERA, 5.4 K/9, and 3.9 BB/9. However, a lot of that is from a terrible first game and an inconsistent start. Twice this season he has thrown at least seven innings and allowed one run or less in a start, including in his last start against the Minnesota Twins. He has really struggled against good offenses though, giving up seven runs to Texas and four runs in five innings to Detroit.
Coincidentally, Noesi will be going up against Phil Hughes, whom he would likely be battling for a rotation spot if he were still with the Yankees.