Developed primarily as a starter during his time in the Yankees’ minor league system, Hector Noesi rather quietly had a very good rookie campaign out of the bullpen for the big league club in 2011.
He finished the season with a 4.47 ERA/4.09 FIP/4.02 xFIP, 7.2 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 1.0 HR/9 and a 41% GB% over 56.1 innings, most of which came in relief. However, his numbers look even shinier if you remove the two innings-limited spot starts he made at the end of the season — 4.01 ERA/3.88 FIP/3.91 xFIP, 7.3 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 and 0.9 HR/9.
While the preseason projection systems were projecting him as a starter, he still outperformed his average preseason projection of a 4.84 ERA/4.91 FIP, 6.6 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and 1.4 HR/9 rather handily, with the exception of the free passes.
Though Noesi ended up being a valuable part of the bullpen, if the team does end up holding a competition for the back end of the rotation next spring, Noesi will certainly be in the mix, especially seeing as how he’s currently fifth on the Yankees’ starting pitching depth chart after CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, A.J.… Click here to read the rest