Cashman: Noesi will be the next Nova

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has been talking up Hector Noesi on a pretty consistent basis this winter, and on Tuesday told the New York Daily News’ John Harper that he is expecting big things from the right-hander, who will turn 25 in January. He’s also counting on another good year from Ivan Nova.

“Nova arrived sooner than expected,” Cashman told the Daily News. “When you’ve got the tools, that can happen. He knows now that he can dissect a major league lineup and go deep into games. He’s a legitimate weapon every five days.

“And Noesi is the next Nova. He’s throwing the (heck) out of the ball in the Dominican Winter League right now, hitting 98 on the gun with his fastball, and commanding his stuff. He’ll be ready to step in next season if we need him.”

Noesi was 2-2 with a 4.47 ERA (56.1 IP, 28 ER) in 30 appearances (two starts) over four stints with the Yankees this year. It’s worth noting that Noesi isn’t untouchable by any means; he could also be valued as a chip to help the Yankees go acquire another piece, especially with Cashman believing there are other big-league ready pieces in the Minors right now.

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