Noesi to start in winter ball

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Via Kevin Goldstein, Hector Noesi is in the rotation for the Tigres de Licey of the Dominican Winter League. The season starts today, and he’ll make his debut on Monday.

Noesi threw just 81 innings this season between the majors and minors because of bullpen duty, half of the 160.1 IP he threw in 2010. Winter ball should allow him to get another 40-50 IP before calling it an offseason. Noesi figures to be a rather prominent member of the pitching staff next season, either as a starter or reliever. The winter ball stint will help ensure that his innings limit isn’t much of a hassle.

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  • Bronx Byte

    Good move. Noesi needs to build up innings and arm strength and be ready to compete as a starter in spring training.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella (formerly Nuke LaDoosh)

    Excellent. Was a little worried he would hit an innings limit next year. I guess he still could though, right? What if he only gets 40 innings or so in Winter ball. Wouldn’t he be maxed around 150 next year (30 above the 120 combined innings this year) ??

    • AndrewYF

      No, he pitched 160 innings in 2010. He’s fine. He’s pitching in winter ball to get stretched out a little more since he pitched so little this year – but he’s more or less good to go. Verducci’s rule is neither hard nor fast.

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  • Jesse

    Smart move.

    • Gonzo

      Solid starter candidate. Great move.

  • jon

    love it

  • Craig

    What’s Noesi’s upside/potential?

    • Xstar7

      Ivan Nova 2.0

      • AndrewYF

        With fewer walks, more strikeouts, but fewer groundballs.

  • yankees=warriors

    What about Hughes? He needs innings as well.

    • Darren

      And a new arm.

  • Jesse

    I’ve always wondered if there is a way to watch Dominican and Mexican league games online somewhere. Even Arizona Fall League games would help out a baseball fan who is sad to have the season end.

    Has anyone heard of any sites that stream these games?

    • andy

      you could go to thats the licey tigers team site where noesi would be pitching this year you could see all the games on that website!