Noesi to start in winter ball


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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  1. Bronx Byte says:

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

  2. Paul VuvuZuvella (formerly Nuke LaDoosh) says:

    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 says:

      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.

      • 7commerce says:

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  3. Craig says:

    What’s Noesi’s upside/potential?

  4. yankees=warriors says:

    What about Hughes? He needs innings as well.

  5. Jesse says:

    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?

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