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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.
Here are some quick updates on Yankees players currently active in winter leagues (statistics current as of Thursday):
IF Jorge Vazquez is batting .320 (24-for-75) in 19 games for the Tomateros de Culiacan of the Mexican Pacific League. He is tied for first in the league with six homers and ranks second with 21 RBIs. He has hit safely in nine consecutive games and is batting .423 (11-for-26) with runners in scoring position.
IF Ronnier Mustelier is batting .390 (16-for-41) with two homers and five RBIs in 10 games for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. He has hit safely in seven consecutive games.
RHP Chase Whitley has posted a 2.13 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League, allowing three earned runs in 12 2/3 innings with three walks and 11 strikeouts.
RHP Hector Noesi is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts for the Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League. He started and earned the win in his last start on Oct. 29 at the Gigantes del Cibao, allowing an unearned run and four hits in six innings (one walk, five strikeouts).
RHP Preston Claiborne is 0-1 with a 1.00 ERA in nine games for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. He has not allowed a run in eight consecutive relief appearances (8.0 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K).
IF Ramiro Pena has appeared in one game for the Tomateros de Culiacan of the Mexican Pacific League, going 1-for-4 with a double.
Downloadable PDF courtesy of the Yankees: Minor League Report – Winter Leagues – 11.3.11
I brought a windbreaker to the Stadium today, just in case things get a little wet in the Yankees’ clubhouse at some point. There could be some splashing around, with the Yankees’ magic number for the playoffs at two and the AL East at three.
Any win over the Rays clinches a postseason berth, while a doubleheader sweep and a Red Sox loss to the Orioles tonight would secure the division. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he hasn’t really talked to the team about celebrating.
“I want the guys just to do what comes natural to them. I feel that’s important,” Girardi said. “The guys have worked extremely hard all year long and we know what the goals are here, to clinch the division and get home field advantage. I let them do what they want, in a sense.”
Girardi acknowledged that it might be a little odd to spray bubbly between games of a doubleheader, but there’s a chance it might happen.
“I want them to let out when they have an ability to let things out,” Girardi said. “Obviously we’d have to be careful what we did in between games, but we’ll see.”
Here are this afternoon’s lineups for Game 1 –
September 21, 2011 – Yankee Stadium – 1:05 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Johnny Damon DH
Casey Kotchman 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Elliot Johnson 2B
Reid Brignac SS
Pitching: James Shields RHP (15-11, 2.78)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada 1B
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Austin Romine C
Pitching: Hector Noesi RHP (2-1, 4.01)
TORONTO — Joe Girardi didn’t expect his bullpen to log so many innings so quickly into the second half. But two games removed from the All-Star break, the Yankees’ skipper already finds himself needing a long, bullpen-saving start from ace CC Sabathia. The Yankees’ relief corps logged 7 1/3 innings on Thursday, then three more on Friday. In that span, five different relievers were used, with Sergio Mitre going twice. Because of that, Mitre won’t be available today, and there’s a good chance neither will Hector Noesi, who’s two days removed from pitching 3 1/3 frames.
“It happens during the course of the season and you just have to prepare for it,” Girardi said. “You need some distance out of your ace today, and that’s the bottom line. And I think we’re covered. But if something were to happen to CC in the first inning, then it’d be a little tough today.”
Lucky for Joe, Sabathia is one of the best second-half pitchers in baseball.
Or perhaps the best.
In terms of second-half performance from 2006-10, Sabathia leads all Major League starters who qualify in ERA (2.64), wins (41) and strikeouts (490). For his career, the burly left-hander has a 3.67 first-half ERA and a 3.31 second-half ERA. Now, he’ll be looking to get the Yankees back on track after they dropped back-to-back games, and look to snap the Blue Jays’ five-game winning streak.
A lot of the talk pregame, once again, centered on signs. Russell Martin claimed the Blue Jays were picking up his signs on Thursday. Then last night, Girardi opted to go with multiple signs even with nobody on base, which led to a lot of mound trips and some confusion that may have taken Freddy Garcia out of rhythm (though nobody really used that as an excuse). Pregame today, Girardi vaguely addressed the issue of teams taking other measures besides their own baserunners to pick up signs, saying: “Sometimes we have inclinations that things might be happening in certain ballparks. We’re aware of it, and we try to protect our signs.” Blue Jays skipper John Farrell then denied that any of that is going on at Rogers Centre.
More on that soon.
For now, here are the lineups, with Jose Bautista still out for the Blue Jays and day-to-day with a sore ankle. It’s looking like he won’t play on Sunday, either. Curtis Granderson has the day off from the turf, and Martin gets a blow behind the plate with the quick turnaround …
Pitching: LH Sabathia (13-4, 2.72 ERA)
Pitching: LH Ricky Romero (7-8, 3.09 ERA)
Some links from last night …
* Garcia bested on night to forget for Yanks
* Yankees Notebook, with stuff on Nunez’s learning curve, Jeter’s popularity and Colon’s health
* Martin blames himself if Blue Jays knew signs
The Yankees are ready to make their first Minor League call-up of the season. It’ll be right-hander Hector Noesi, summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace right-hander Luis Ayala on the active roster, according to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas.
Noesi, 24, started on Saturday at Rochester, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits in five innings, getting a no-decision.
You might remember Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman giving Noesi an outside chance this spring at the fifth starter vacancy, the one that eventually went to Freddy Garcia. Noesi was delayed getting to camp by some visa issues and that was pretty much that, but he may get a chance to contribute on some level now.
He was 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) with Class-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and at Triple-A last year, walking just 28 batters while striking out 153. He held lefties to a combined .220 average (63-for-286, two homers).
Noesi’s promotion creates a vacancy in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s rotation for Kevin Millwood. He’s been working out in Tampa with the Extended Spring Training clubs, but needs to begin getting some starts soon. The Yankees must decide to promote Millwood by May 1 or he can opt out of his contract.